John Cole makes a splash in Inspiration at the Bundaberg Power Boat meeting.
John Cole makes a splash in Inspiration at the Bundaberg Power Boat meeting. Max Fleet

Keighley racing for thrills

VIC Keighley overcame a 17-second handicap in the final to win the Jet Ski Class in perfect conditions at Sandy Hook at the weekend.

Keighley piloted his 300hp Kawasaki to victory over Robbie West, with Keighley's wife Wanita claiming third.

Keighley said with a limited field in his class the handicap system ensured some excellent racing in the final.

"Racing under handicap conditions evens the field right up. The other boats have 250hp compared to my 300," he said.

"Starting 17 seconds after the others made for an excellent race. I caught them but couldn't get past and I was lucky enough to still get the win."

Keighley owns Bundaberg Concrete Cutting.

His passion for the sport ensures he makes the time to prepare his machine and gives him the drive to race.

"There is a bit of work to do before any event. Servicing the boats takes some time," he said.

"I love the thrill of the racing. It's something you cannot believe until you are out on the water."

In the other events held at Sandy Hook, Jake Greentree won the Formula 3 race, with Rod Peterson claiming second and Les Kirby third.

The 850cc and combo classes were combined because of a restricted field and John Cole from Childers won in his boat Inspiration.

De Downes and David Parker filled the minor places.

The club's next event is September 30.



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