Blown lites prepare to steal show
BUNDY Thunder will play host to the pioneers of a new category of racing for the final of the inaugural Australian Blown Lite Championships.
The inaugural series will culminate in a Sandy Hook showdown during the upcoming Bundy Thunder, giving the premier Wide Bay power boat racing event a high-octane boost.
Event organiser Sue Ellen-Pitt said the revolutionary new offshoot of the water sport had become known for producing quick and combative racing.
“These boats really go and the restrictions usually mean they are pretty evenly matched, so it's proven to be a bit of a spectator favourite,” she said.
The blown alcohol displacement boats can produce speeds of up to 210 kilometres an hour and are capable of break-neck turns.
Pioneers of the category, such as Dean Gleeson of team Bite Me, Rob Mackay of team Bad Intentions and Dave Satterley of Titan will be blazing a trail up the Burnett River in the hope of securing the inaugural title.
It will be the first time a blown lite category race has been held in Queensland.
“It's something we've all been pretty excited about and I think they'll get a pretty strong reaction when they start their boats up,” Ellen-Pitt said.
“We feel pretty lucky to be able to hold it and we hope everyone enjoys it as much as we expect them to.”
Nominations for Bundy Thunder are due by October 1. The three-day event roars into action on November 5. For more information, email email@example.com or call 0429 898 798.