850cc class sparkle on water
HIGH octane was certainly the theme at the Bundaberg Powerboat Club's first meeting of the 2011 Race Season at Sandy Hook.
Club secretary Annette Goodhew said the Wide Bay Australia Ltd and Bundaberg Car and Commercial Centre event captured some spectacular and close racing from all classes.
“The 850cc class competitors challenged each other in some of the best racing witnessed at the club, before young Brisbane lady Dee Downes took honours for the day in Bigga Bitch Craft,” Goodhew said.
Brisbane drivers filled the trifecta with Peter Clayfield runner-up in Mr Jones, and Joel Downes claiming third aboard Tennessee Warlord.
It was a good day for the women also with the only female competitor in the Jet Ski class, Wanita Keighley, amazing all when she took out first place from her son Vic (junior) with her husband Vic (senior) in third position.
“But young Robbie West also performed strongly, just missing out on the minor placing – Robbie always gives spectators something to gasp about and his talents on the jet ski are awesome,” Goodhew said.
One of the new locals was victorious in the Combined Restricted class with Rod Peterson leading the field home in his Hydroplane Hallucinate, closely followed by Childers' Greg Blomfield (Screwed n Glued) and another Brisbane racer Andrew Goodhew (Stress).
Annette Goodhew said Peterson and Blomfield were delighted just to finish all of their four events and to come out on top was a bonus.
“Also the big boats hit the water with the six entrants combining as one open class for inboards and outboards and the Sonter families, who travelled from Emerald and Kingaroy, certainly tested and tuned their crafts and gave the local boys a run for their money,” she said.
“But Andrew Goodhew won in Hot Lemon, from Wayne Sonter on Home Grown, with club president Jeff Brown in Deja Vu placing third.
“Formula 1 competitor Dave Parker, from Banora Point in New South Wales was flying when in race three, he fell into one of the holes created by the bigger boats which saw some damage to the back of his boat.
“He decided it was not safe to continue but will return to the pristine waterway at Sandy Hook for the next round over the May long weekend.”
Anyone who has a boat and would like to get into racing should call Brown on 0488559000.