Les Kirby of Brisbane, in his Stray Bullett, will compete in the Open Outboard Class.
Les Kirby of Brisbane, in his Stray Bullett, will compete in the Open Outboard Class. Submitted

Competitors close in

POWER BOATING: Racers have been hitting the Sandy Hook straight and rebuilding their boats to try and topple speed king Andrew Goodhew at the first round of the Elgas Series this weekend.

Goodhew is the man to beat in the 2010 Bundaberg Powerboat Club competition after he dominated last year’s open unlimited and skiff classes to be named as overall champion.

Bundaberg Powerboat Club secretary Annette Goodhew said competitors had used down time in the off-season to even the playing field and expected the first round of the 2010 to be a photo-finish affair.

“He’s going to have a real battle on his hands,” she said.

“The open unlimited is looking particularly close with Michael Goodhew and Matt Johnston from Rockhampton in fine contention.”

Despite recent rain and grim weather predictions, Mrs Goodhew said fans could be assured of power boat action this weekend.

“Competitors love coming to Sandy Hook and have been waiting for the competition to start so a bit of rain isn’t going to put them off.”

Upwards of 20 boats are expected with competitors coming from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Emerald and Gladstone.

Beginning at 10am at Sandy Hook, the first round of the Bundaberg Powerboat Club competition will feature an open unlimited class for V8s, a skiff class for six-cylinder engines, a mono hull class for outboards and a jet-ski race.

Mrs Goodhew said spectators would be privy to fast and furious racing action, with competitors looking to make their mark in the opening round.

“Being so closely contested the boys will be absolutely going for it so there’ll be plenty of noise and plenty of speed,” she said.



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