Dave Pillman

Dave Pillman is the surprise early leader of the 7.5cc class with one win and a second. Could this year be Dave’s chance to break his duck in the National Drivers Championship?


Dave, 45, lives in Watford and is an AA Technician by trade. The AA website describes a technician thus: “What sets you apart is your talent for organisation, willingness to be flexible and a flair for making reassuring connections with all kinds of people”. Ok Dave?

He also has a love for carp fishing and is a field tester for MadBaits. Dave was a bit worried recently when Mark Wraight nearly topped his PB on a fishing trip to France.

Dave competes in both the 3.5cc and 7.5cc classes and drives the Ikarus 2.2 and Pegasus Evo in blue/purple designed by multiple world champion Dave Marles, with power supplied by extensively tuned NovaRossi Mito 21M and CMB 45RS.

Dave likes to be the quickest on the water, striving for the best lap time. To achieve this, he takes tuning to the very edge and runs high nitro content. Sometimes this has unfortunate consequences and he has suffered many breakages and dnf’s in the past, often ending up in his trademark upside-down position. However, 2017 looks a lot more promising for his 7.5 boat at least, but we expect the usual trio of suspects Geoff Parmenter, Mick Szebecko and Sam Lincoln will provide stiff competition as the season unfolds