PlaceMakers Pakuranga in association with the Franklin Trust Board proudly bring to you round two of the Anzac Trans Tasman Cup and the NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship Series. The first round was at Lake Taupo on 31st January and was a great opening to the Series seeing a spectacular rollover from team 222 Offshore causing a red flag in race one of two. Both driver Darren Nicholson and Peter McGrath were unhurt.
The Aussie team have been frantically repairing the boat for this Saturday’s race. Mike Wilson from Australia and kiwi driver Chris Hanley (Profloors International race team) have spent many hours since the Taupo race to get the boat race ready. A few more repairs to the engine hatching today and final touches from the signwriter and the boat will be out testing tomorrow and Friday in preparation for the second race scheduled for this Saturday at Beachlands.
Superboat lite Aussie team Hogs Breath Offshore also had some repair work as a result of the Taupo race with a broken bulkhead and are almost ready to test also in the next few days.
Round one race winner, Profloors International Racing (Wayne Valder & Chris Hanley) had a few minor things to do their boat and are hoping for another good performance in this round. Kiwi teams took out the first three placings in the Super boat Class with FMI (Warren Lewis & Andrew Koolen) in second and Profloors 10 (Richard Shores & Wayne Carson) in third.
Superboat Lite local team, Total Home Developments (Michael Fletcher & Jason Way) are looking for another win in this round from Aussie team Hogs Breath (Paul Fowlds & Jim Harris). Other local Auckland teams will be looking for much sort after points, Barley Legal (John Shand & Mike Knight), NZ Home Loans (Chris Hager & Karl Wall), Fuel Doctor (Allan Branch & Alex Smith) and husband and wife team from Whangarei in their second time on the water with this boat Outboard Pro Haydon & Delia Spiers).
A line up of approximately 25-30 boats are expected this weekend with several other classes – Sports 200 and Classic Class.
The race can be viewed from Sunkist Bay, Beachlands this Saturday 13th February. The first of two half hour races kicks off at 1pm with an hour break before the second race at 2.30pm. Check out our website www.nzoffshore.co.nz for full team profiles and further event information .
With special thanks to our local sponsors, PlaceMakers Pakuranga, Franklin Local Board, Pine Harbour, Coastguard, Beachlands Boating Club, Prestige Loos, Marine Paramedical Services Ltd, Shot360 Photography and Acceleration on Water Ltd.
NZOPA – Media Officer – Denise Preece