Speed king plans quick comeback
DAVID Parker will be gunning to make a triumphant return to Sandy Hook after mechanical problems scuttled his last Bundaberg excursion.
The Tweed Heads-based speed king will bring his formidable TDK Formula One tunnel to the Bundaberg Power Boat Club meet this Sunday after an extensive overhaul.
Parker said the new-look boat would be sure to turn a few heads on the straights of Sandy Hook and promised to be hard to beat.
“The boat is running mighty quickly. In fact, it's faster than I could have ever imagined it to be,” he said.
“It's had a fresh lick of paint as well, so it should be a sight to behold.”
Parker has fitted a new capsule to the boat and rebuilt the engine, moving it closer to the stern and boosting its output to 315 horsepower.
He hopes to improve on his last race in which an early lead was squandered in the final race of the day after he suffered fuel supply problems.
“There were a few bugs we were still ironing out, but everything is now shipshape and ready to go,” he said.
“This is the best we've been prepared in a long time, so we'll be going into the day pretty confident.”
Parker said the Bundaberg Power Boat Club meet would be crucial for his team to get some practice with the new-look boat before the end of the season.
“It's been a long project for us and now it's time to have some fun with it and get some race experience in it under our belts,” he said.
“We want to come into next season with all guns blazing.”
Racing will get under way at Sandy Hook on Sunday at 10am.