Cole the king of Bundy series
IT WAS a red-letter day for Ian Cole, of Childers, at the Bundaberg Powerboat Club's last competition for 2011 and end-of-season presentations on Saturday.
Cole, driving Lil Maniac, took honours for the day in the Unlimited Displacement division of the inaugural BP Ultimate Christmas Classic at Sandy Hook.
He won from Gladstone's Adam Peterson, who came in only one point behind in Hot Lemon II, with Bundaberg club president Jeff Brown third aboard De Ja Vu.
Club secretary Annette Goodhew said it was extreme motorsport at its best with the support of Wide Bay Australia, Wessel's Petroleum and BP Ultimate.
"The BP Ultimate Christmas Classic saw the biggest number of entries for a club day to date and even with the weather conditions a little breezy, it was the fastest and closest racing for the season," Goodhew said.
"And what a class of competitors in the Unlimited Displacements - challenges were very competitive as these guys were racing for the top position of the season and spectators were on the edge of their seats."
Cole later collected the coveted Club Member of the Year award.
He also finished in a tie for third in the award for Overall Top Points for the Season of Racing for 2011 with Brisbane's Andrew Goodhew, formerly of Bundaberg (Stress), behind another Brisbane racer Dee Downes (Bigga Bitch Craft) and Bundaberg's Vic Keighley.
Downes clinched the title with his 850cc class win on the day from Gary Parker (Cyclone) and Don Farlow (Hi-Roller) in a Brisbane trifecta.
Goodhew said action "was exhausted to the ultimate limits when the Restricted/Combo class took to the water".
John Cole, also of Childers, won in Inspiration, one point in advance of Andrew Goodhew, with new-comer Doug Anderson, from Tin Can Bay, taking the minor placing in Nitro.
Goodhew also said the jet ski's tried a new course configuration which "thrilled the crowds" and Vic Keighley won the battle, with Robert Strain and Eric Wurth filling the minor placings.
Brown (De Ja Vu) was a dual winner in the presentations, receiving the Don Hill Sportsman's Award from Life Member Don Hill and the Frenzy Trophy for the Best Presented Team.
Michael Goodhew, Annette's brother-in-law, picked up the Geoff and Nora Fowles Memorial Trophy for the Competitor of the Year in his boat Tracer, while another Childers' driver Greg Blomfield received the Encouragement Award for his performances in Screwed N Glued.
Three NewsMail Canvas Awards were handed out to Brisbane's Joel Downes (Tennessee Warlord) and Bundaberg duo Ray Daniel (Yahoo Serious) and Rod Peterson (Hallucinate).
"What a class of competitors in Unlimited Displacements"