Tim Cole fills in for John Cole on Deja Vu to help win the title at Sandy Hook.
Tim Cole fills in for John Cole on Deja Vu to help win the title at Sandy Hook. Paul Donaldson BUN021217POW9

TOP SPEED: Goodhew and Cole win three straight titles

MOTORSPORT: For Andrew Goodhew and John Cole, championships wins come in threes.

The powerboat racers claimed their third straight title in Combo/Restricted and Inboard B respectively at the final round of the Bundaberg Powerboat

series on Saturday at

Sandy Hook.

Cole achieved the feat without being there.

Unable to make the final round, his son Tim took over on Deja Vu to deliver the title.

He finished second for the round behind Kingaroy's Cortney Sonter.

"Points go to the boat not to the driver," Cole said.

"Tim works for me and he said he was happy to steer when I asked.

"In the end I believe we won by two points."

The class win came after Cole missed the first round of the championship to race another boat.

He said there was a bit of luck involved in the win.

"My main rival did a gearbox in the middle of the year and didn't get any results in the two day meet," he said.

"The number one thing for me is being consistent and we did that.

"We go out and race as hard as we can but we know you don't have to be the fastest to win."

This championship win for Cole will be his last in Deja Vu.

The boat is going up for sale as Cole moves into a faster boat for next year.

"I'm probably going to get a six-litre boat, which is a lot quicker," he said.

"I hope when I sell the boat we can keep it local so it races here."

One person who will not sell his boat any time soon is Goodhew.

He is committed to racing again in Stress after claiming his third straight title in Combo/Restricted.

"I've been doing it for a long time and the boat ran good and consistent," he said.

"It's a small boat with a small engine but it does well.

"It finished every race."

Goodhew said he would not do anything major to the boat in the off-season, just mechanically get it ready for the first meet.

In other results, Steve and Stephanie Cooper won 25HP and junior respectively, with Hervey Bay's Andrew Selway winning Outboard B.

David Griffin won the 850cc class title, and Les Kirby and David Bushell won the A class titles in Outboard and Inboard respectively.

The Powerboats will be back next year at Sandy Hook with a calendar to be released soon for next year.

CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS

Junior: Stephanie Cooper

25HP: Steve Cooper

850cc: David Griffin

Combo/Restricted: Andrew Goodhew

Outboard B: Andrew Selway

Outboard A: Les Kirby

Inboard A: David Bushell

Inboard B: John Cole



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