Team owner and manager: Xavier Derille
Pilot: Xavier Derille
Copilot: Haverbeke Jeroen
Contact – Belgium
Puma Racing Team vzw
+32 486 53 80 86
VAT: BE 0727 628 969
The team decided to use a Bernico FTX 27 for the next season. The powerboat has a Mercury 300R.
With this new powerboat, RIBs ONLY wishes the Belgian Powerboat Racing Team many podium finishes.
2023 – Closing a Chapter
News Update from the Puma Racing Team by Xavier.
This time with a mix of emotions. Happiness, pride, and sadness, we are truly spoiled!
Our wonderful group keeps growing. Don’t ask me how we do it. We just do it! Together! Thank you sponsors and supporters, it feels amazing.
Sometimes we face headwinds but also a lot of tailwinds.
This time, our sponsor Tom granted us the opportunity to set sail very soon with a Bernico FTX 27, equipped with a Mercury 300R. In return, we promised to turn it into a gem.
Sadly, at the end of the season, we will have to say goodbye to our Topline Pegasus 27, which spent only one season in our warehouse.
Jeroen, myself, and the numerous team members and volunteers took good care of her, and she performed exceptionally well.
In Benalmadena, we finished 4th, only 2 seconds behind the 3rd place and 4 seconds behind the 2nd place, with a mere 12-second difference from the winner.
Yet, her fate was sealed. We had no other choice. Opportunities like this don’t come often. Thank you, Tom.
The Puma Topline will give its all, striving for a chance to compete in the final battle for the UIM Pleasure Navigation Endurance Group B World Championship in Como, Italy, in October.
Blankenberge, where she could unleash herself during training from February until last week in her element.
2, 4, 5 bft, bring it on. No matter how the racing season ends, we will miss her in 2024, and it will feel strange if she ever leaves here.
But we, the Puma Racing Team, will fight to give this boat the farewell it deserves.
I know… Cristiano… you’ll be shocked when you read this. Sorry, my friend.
I will never forget your words: “treat my baby very well,” “what you realized in 3 months… I worked 2 years on it.”
Onwards to a new era.
Fighting with a boat we have dreamt of for several years.
A big thank you also to the Bernico team, who appreciate our dedication over the past 5 years. We’re proud to sense your eagerness to join us on the battlefield.
We now know and understand that you (Bernico) have everything perfectly organized and that you just get it done!
Passion, drive, no (time) limits, good weather or bad weather (hey Dave), data analysis, etc… We are thrilled to be part of it.
Let’s battle together.
Thanks to everyone who believes in us, the Puma Racing Team.
European championship with Joeri Van Laere (right).
The Puma Racing Team took part in the UIM race Gioccia, Italy with Lino Van Wambeke (right).
P1 Puma RIB
- LOA: 7.5 m
- Length hull: 7.015 m
- Hull: conventional, non-stepped 18° dead rise deep hull with three parallel spray rails
- Beam overall: 2.41 m
- Cast bema: 1.8 m
- Dry weight: 1,320 kg
- RVS Fuel tank: 130 l
- Tubes: 1500 GSM Hypalon
- Tube diameter: 400 mm tapered to 280 mm at the bow
- Tube compartments: 7 CE approved
- Steering system: Hydrive hydraulic system for G2 Motor, thermoplastic hoses, black steering wheel
- Throttle: digital, mounted on moulded footboard with non-slip textured surface
- Gear box: Evinrude digital binnacle control
- Year of construction: 2016, Super Marine Puma
- Top speed: 60 – 65 kn
Check out the original P1 Puma before the team made many modifications.
- Fuel: petrol
- Engine type: V6
- Mount: directly on the transom and attached to a reinforced inner transom plate
- Displacement: 210 CU IN/3441 CC
- Dry weigth: 244 kg
- Emissions: EPA 2013 CARB 3 Stars
- Compliance: EU
- Full throttle RPM: 5,400-6,00
- Fuel induction: E-TEC Directe Injectie
- Shaft: 508 mm
- Year of construction: 2016