POWERBOATS: Hostage, driven by Rod Petersen, won the Inboard Open A class at Sandy Hook.
POWERBOATS: Hostage, driven by Rod Petersen, won the Inboard Open A class at Sandy Hook. Mike Knott BUN301016POWERBOATS9

Petersen glides to class win at powerboat event

POWERBOATS: With some major changes to his boat, Bundaberg's Rod Petersen has charged to victory in his class in the powerboats.

Competing in the penultimate round of the year at the BP Airport Pro-Classic at Sandy Hook, Petersen beat championship leader and Childers competitor John Cole to take out Inboard Open A.

But it wasn't without drama.

Unhappy after two races, which included one win, Petersen knew he had to make changes to his boat.

With Hostage, the boat, not gliding through the water properly, something had to be done.

"The engine was running well but it was not sitting properly," Petersen explains.

"I made some radical changes to how it performed."

Whatever Petersen did worked as he won every other race for the weekend.

Fighting his way from the back of the grid, with a handicap, he was still too strong for his competitors.

"It was a major improvement," he said.

"It finally got some performance and the results showed."

With the win moving the driver up in the standings, Petersen said one person helped him get the result.

"Josh Davies worked on the boat every night last week," he said.

"Without him we would not have got through the weekend."

In other results, two Hervey Bay entries won in the 850cc and Combo Restricted class with Neil Bevan and Pat Day winning respectively.

I the other classes, David Nelmes in Catch 22 won Inboard Open B, Jordan Cotterill in Kings Motorsport won Outboard with Sam Voss on Wing 'N' It taking out the Juniors.

The final round of the season in powerboats will be held on December 3 with the Christmas Classic.



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