Goodhews power to fine finale
ANDREW and Michael Goodhew got amongst the awards, as the Bundaberg Powerboat Club held its last round of the race season earlier this month.
The Elgas Series was held across three rounds, and the Christmas Classic saw the biggest line-up of competitors turn out in the final round of the series.
Spectators witnessed some fast motorsports on the water with close racing in all classes.
The open unlimited class drew six entries from around the state and this event was arguably the best the club has observed all year.
“We continue to draw competitors from all over the state and there is no reason they won’t all return, plus a few extra next season,” club spokesperson Annette Goodhew said.
The day was closed with the end-of-year presentations and Christmas party, which caught some surprised competitors off guard when the final placings and awards were revealed in the evening.
Michael Goodhew took out the Donald Hill Sportsman award for 2009, while Andrew Goodhew and Don Farlow, both from Brisbane, took out top honours in the Elgas Series for 2009.
Don’s son, Brett Farlow, won the NewsMail photograph of the year award.
The 850cc class had some close racing, with Dee Downes in Bigga Bitch Craft and Mal Leishman pushing their craft to the limits.
Dee Downes, the sole woman competitor, gave it everything to take a place at the Christmas Classic.
Her efforts were enough to secure her the competitor-of-the-year award for 2009.
The first round of the 2010 season begins in March.