Andrew Goodhew, in Hot Lemon, gets the jump on Phil Kavanagh in Simmer Down in the open inboard class race.
Andrew Goodhew, in Hot Lemon, gets the jump on Phil Kavanagh in Simmer Down in the open inboard class race. MAX FLEET

Bundaberg powerboat comp revs up

POWERBOAT RACING: After damaging their boats at the Bundy Thunder, drivers are busy preparing for the final round of the Bundaberg Powerboat Club’s Elgas Series.

For the first time since the annual racing spectacular in October, boats from across Australia will descend on Sandy Hook for a last chance at taking out the perpetual Elgas Shield.

Event publicity officer Annette Goodhew said it had been an anxious wait for some of the drivers whose boats were damaged at the Bundy Thunder.

“We’re expecting about 23 boats from across Australia,” Goodhew said.

“There’s one boat from Melbourne, some from Brisbane, Rockhampton and the Sunshine Coast.”

Sandy Hook has long been known as one of the premier venues for powerboat racing.

The event has been synonymous with the Bundy Thunder in recent years, but the annual Elgas Series should prove just as exciting.

Starting from 10am, unlimited inboards, restricted skiff/skis, 850cc, open outboards, hydroplanes and jet skis will race at Sandy Hook.

Goodhew was unable to release the final draw of the races.

“We don’t really find out until Saturday who will be racing,” he said.

The final results of the Elgas Series are also well guarded.

In the tradition of the series, no-one knows the points table until after the final race.

“We like to keep it a surprise to add to the intrigue,” Goodhew said.

Last year’s co-champions, Darren Urban and Laurie Kandusso, both withdrew from the competition this year because they sold their boats.

And the race for the new champion is as close as it has ever been, according to Goodhew.

“It is very close at the moment, no-one knows who will win,” she said.

“The drivers have been testing the water and trying new techniques.”

Entry in the event is free to the public.



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