Gisborne Preview


Race two of the New Zealand Offshore Powerboats 2019 series takes place on Saturday 9th February out east in Gisborne. This year’s race is expected to be fast with very little swell and light winds.

The first race of the 2019 series two weeks ago in Taupo was called off after the first race due to very rough water, Officials made the call to pull the second race for safety reasons. First out in front in the Super boat 1000 “Fairview “Warren Lewis and John Shand had an easy win after “Outboard Pro “Hayden Speirs and Allan Branch damaged an engine of the Saturday during testing, they managed to cross the start line only to gather valuable points for the season.

Super boat 600 has three new contenders this season” Barley Legal “ with a new team Shan Martin and from Australia Steve Jellick took out the first round “ Rainbow Haulage” Darren Butterworth and Colin Dunn in second with “Expresso Engineers “Mike Gerbic and Mike Knight with their new Doug Wright Cat imported from the US and rigged in NZ”. Also to join the this class in Gisborne will be ‘S46” the ex Papakura Toyota of Jason Way and Michael Fletcher first time back on the water after their spectacular crash in Whitianga two years ago. The boat suffered a lot of damage and has been rebuilt and ready to go this class will be awesome to watch.

Super boat 400 saw the two rivals from last season again battle it out for the lead in the first half race in Taupo, changing positions during the race several times it came down to the wire with “BC Racing” Chris Hager and Karl Wall another Australian competitor take the honours for this round over “Hijinx Racing” Scott Lewis and Jason Jackman be sure to follow these two very close and competitive teams they will definitely not disappoint you.

Classic Class winner and local Taupo competitor “Gull force 10” Gavin McGrath and Tony Carson had an awesome race handling the rough conditions with ease took the win from the popular team “Race for Life” Aaron Fletcher and Darrin Urquhart in second place, and long-time classic favourite “Topaz” finishing in third place. A new boat this season “The Big Bang Theory” driven by Jason Frost and Mike Cameron a linden craft with a supercharged 532 cubic inch motor capable of producing 1075hp
Will be competitive and also one to follow throughout the season.

From the far North in the Sport 300 class “Pist N Broke” Hamish Wilton and Scott Tracey took their first win after having a shocking season last year which saw them miss most of the rounds they were more than happy with their win from new competitors “Bon Bon Racing”. In the Sports 200 Class “CRD Automotive”, “Nakita” and in third place “ASAP Couriers”

Racing starts in the Mccanni’cs ENZED Thunder out East with the first half hour race at 12pm and the second at 1pm. Best place to view the race is midway beach.
The NZOPA thank and acknowledge the support of Mccanni’cs ENZED, Flooring Xtra, Dive Tatapouri, Sunshine Brewery, Martins Hire master, BP 2 Go Kati, The Rock 94.1, CR Taylor, Gisborne Tatapouri, Sports Fishing Club, Tairawhiti Gisborne.
The event starts with a street parade, 10am down Gladstone Road, between Grey St and Low St followed by the launching of the boats at the inner harbour ramp
Event details are posted on the NZOPA Website
After the Gisborne racing continues at Whitianga 2nd March, Napier 16th March, Marsden Cove 13th April , Doubtless Bay 28th April, Timaru 18th May and the final race of the season at Oamaru date to be confirmed.

Acceleration on Water Ltd:- Denise Preece

Mccanni’cs ENZED Thunder out East

Author: Jeremy Ward

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