Damien is the king at Sandy Hook in the powerboats

MOTORSPORT: Damien McKenzie may have been bleary eyed at work yesterday, but he wouldn't have it any other way.

Coming up to Bundaberg for the Rum City International Classic, the Gold Coast racer dominated the weekend as he won the Outboard A class and the prestigious King of the River in his F1 boat McKenzie Racing.

After only returning home at 1.30am on Monday morning, McKenzie was back up at 6.30am yesterday morning to head to work.

Talking during a break, he said it was a tiring but rewarding meet.

"It was a good weekend,” he said.

"I just took it nice and steady and got the results.”

To make the achievements even more remarkable, McKenzie won with an engine on its last legs.

It had been stuck in the shed for almost two years, and McKenzie took the risk to run with it knowing that at any stage it could blow up.

Amazingly, it survived the whole weekend.

"It held up together really well,” he said.

"At certain stages I had to really push towards top speed, so it did well.”

Winning all seven races in his class, McKenzie was forced to start at the back in the last six of the weekend.

With a simple strategy, he was able to work his way to the front without damaging the engine.

"On the first lap we'd push our way to the front and pull a gap,” he said.

"Once we built the gap I then got a message to calm the boat down.”

McKenzie has raced for the past 10 years and does it because he loves the adrenaline rush it gives him.

The racer said he also loves coming to Bundaberg to race.

"It's a great atmosphere and good racing,” he said.

"It's like a home town race for us which is brilliant.”

McKenzie now plans to compete in the last two rounds of the series.

In the other classes it was a good weekend for local racers with Bundaberg's Rod Peterson and Shelbee Sonter winning Inboards A and juniors.

The next powerboat meet will be held on October 16.



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