After racing for seven years in the junior class, Linsday MacMillan will be racing his 25hp powerboat in the open class for the first time.
After racing for seven years in the junior class, Linsday MacMillan will be racing his 25hp powerboat in the open class for the first time. Ron Burgin/News Mail

Cub prepares to pounce

A STRANGE sight caught the eyes of touring racers as they pulled into Sandy Hook yesterday morning.

It was not the jet-like powerboats they were accustomed to seeing thunder down Sandy Hook’s pristine waterway.

It was the kid, Lindsay MacMillan, skillfully cutting the water in anticipation for his debut in the open 25hp race at Bundy Thunder this weekend.

The 16-year-old Brisbane racer was taking Like a Tiger for a final run before taking on the men at Australia’s biggest powerboat event this weekend.

It is a familiar circuit for MacMillan, who has entertained crowds at Bundy Thunder since he was an eight-year-old on a 6hp engine.

“It’s an exciting feeling to finally step out of the juniors,” he said.

He is hoping the crowd that has watched him grow up on the Bundaberg waters can bear witness to his first senior victory.

But in his way are some of Australia’s top racers, with boats coming from as far as Western Australia to compete in the event.

“He’s certainly not going out there to lose; he’ll do a lot of people proud,” his mother Mary said.



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