Beachlands Sunkist Bay was a buzz of spectators, fast boats and great weather for round two of the 2016 Anzac Tran Tasman Cup and NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship proudly bought to you by PlaceMakers Pakuranga in association with Franklin Local Board.
The Kiwi teams of Profloors International Racing (Wayne Valder & Chris Hanley) and FMI Racing (Warren Lewis & Andrew Koolen) thrilled the thousands of spectators buy both taking a win each in Race One and Race two from Australian Team 3 (Steve Jellick & Tom-Barry Cotter). Team 3 fought hard in both races finishing third in the first race and a good second in race two with Profloors 10 (Richard Shores & Wayne Carson) and 222 Offshore (Darren Nicholson & Peter McGrath) in fourth and fifth place respectively.
Excitement in the Superboat Lite class between the top three – Fuel Doctor (Allan Branch & Alex Smith), Total Home Developments (Michael Fletcher & Jason Way) and Aussie team Hogs Breath (Paul Fowlds & Jim Harris) as they battled through the two races changing positions several times. Fuel Doctor took out first place overall winning both races, before running out of fuel at the end of the race and having to be towed back to Pine Harbour. Fuel Doctor failed to see the finish flag and did a few extra laps.
Local teams in the Classic Class, Supercock Racing (Aaron Fletcher & Shannon Martin) also hustled for first place with Outlaw (Roger Puttick, Dave Opie, Darien Walker & Paul Carter) with Supercock racing taking the overall win.
Sports 200 was won by NZ Home Loans, with Red Steel and CRD Automotive finishing in second and third places. Sports 225 saw Peter Wingate & son Kane Wingate driving the legendary ‘Chindit’, won the class finishing first in both races.
Local engine builder Jonathon Martin who prepares engines in both Profloors International Racing and Profloors 10 (Richard Shores & Wayne Carson) was pleased to see both his boats finish strong over the two races with little work to be done on these two boats before round three in Whitianga on 5th March.
The 2016 series will continue from Whitianga to Napier 19th March, Point to Point in Auckland 2nd April, Paihia 16th April and the final round in Auckland under the Harbour Bridge 30th April.
Follow the final rounds results and action from our website www.nzoffshore.co.nz
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