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Powerboat P1 is the fastest growing marine motorsport series in the world and has a long term commitment to growing and developing the sport of power boating at all levels. The Powerboat P1 team works closely with the sport�s governing bodies, the UIM, APBA and the IJSBA. P1 has delivered more than 85 world championship events in over twelve different countries for more than a decade.

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    Apopka, FL 32703
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Place of Birth

Sandefjord, Norway

Started Racing Powerboats


Class 1 Debut


Profession Outside Racing

Fast boat instructor


Pål Virik is an experienced driver and throttleman who has risen through the ranks to earn a reputation as a formidable competitor winning multiple UIM titles at National, European and World level.

He has competed in over 300 races in a 31-year career in circuit and offshore classes; he made his powerboat debut in 1992 in T-400 circuit racing and has raced in a variety of series including V-25, S-550, Formula 1, 2 ,3 and 4 - winning the World and European Formula 4 titles in 1998 - Class 3,1.3 and 2litre, P1 and XCat.

He made his Class 1 debut in 2005 and in 2007 switched roles from driver to throttleman to form the youngest partnership in Class 1 alongside Tom Barry-Cotter taking three podiums and going on to win a hat-trick of titles in the Australian Offshore Superboat Championship.

In 2009 he won the Norwegian Motorsport personality of the year.

Offshore Career Highlights:

  • 2010 Australian Class 1 Champion
  • 2009 Australian Class 1 Champion
  • 2009 Norwegian motorsport personality of the year
  • 2008 Australian Class 1 Champion
  • 2001 Norwegian Champion V-25
  • 1998 World Champion Formula 4
  • 1998 European Champion Formula 4
  • 1997 Norwegian Champion F4
  • 1996 Nordic Champion S-550
  • 1996 Norwegian Cup Champion S-550

Pål Virik Nilsen

 - Class 1 Race Crew Member