BY A NOSE: John Cole finished second on Deja Vu in the Inboards A class at Sandy Hook.
BY A NOSE: John Cole finished second on Deja Vu in the Inboards A class at Sandy Hook. Paul Donaldson BUN070517POW6

So close yet so far for powerboat driver

POWERBOATS: Childers' John Cole was inches away from winning in the latest round of the Bundaberg Powerboats at Sandy Hook.

Competing in Inboards A, the powerboat driver needed to win the final race to beat Deception Bay's Andrew Goodhew for the round win during the weekend.

Cole was unable to catch Goodhew down and lost by a nose after starting at the back of the field with a handicap.

"It came down to the last corner and the last few metres,” he said.

"Despite falling short it was an exciting race for all involved.”

Cole praised the handicap system put in place for his class, which was controlled by the drivers.

He said despite starting at the back with a faster boatm the time restrictions on the weekend made it competitive.

"You want a race where the majority of the boats are fighting for victory come the last buoy,” he said.

"By not changing it to big time numbers this weekend you got really exciting racing.”

Cole is now preparing for the next round, the Rum City Powerboat Classic in two months time from July 15-17 at Sandy Hook.

"We'll freshen up and do an engine change on the boat before the next round,” he said.

"We hope to improve the boat as it comes in and out of corners.

In what was a strong weekend for Goodhew, he also took out the Restricted/Combo class on his boat Stress.

"I'm happy for Goodhew and he just rebuilt his engine,” Cole said.

"He's a very fierce competitor.”

In other results David Griffin won the 850cc class, Jordan Cotterill took out Outboard, James Kinnane won Inboards B and Clint Bevan won the 25HP class.

Gladstone's Beau Brown won in the junior section and Bundaberg's Shelby Sonter finished third.

SHANE JONES



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