Real Offshore water conditions for Round Three of the 2016 Anzac Trans-Tasman Cup and NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship, proudly sponsored by Whitianga Ice and Coastal Refrigeration pleased many competitors after the first two rounds at Taupo and Beachlands saw calm water.
The Aussie teams had points to get on the board and that’s what they did in the first race of two at Whitianga. Team 3 (Steve Jellick and Tom-Barry Cotter) showed their strength in the rough water wining the first race from current NZ1 team FMI Racing (Warren Lewis and Andrew Koolen) in second place. Race two was a different story. After nearly not making the start of the first race due to a fuel injector fault, FMI Racing was able to make the start line thanks to the two Aussie teams crews from Team 3 and 222 Offshore Racing who came to their aid with parts and got the boat going just in time for the start. After finishing second in race one, FMI Racing shot out in front at the start of race 2 and held out Team 3 for the half hour race.
Overall points and first place after the two heats went to FMI Racing by 9 seconds from Team 3, who both had the same points with the result coming down to overall race times. Profloors International Racing (Wayne Valder and Chris Hanley) had to settle for third place overall, after a close battle in race two with Profloors (Richard Shores and Wayne Carson) who finished in fourth and 222 Offshore (Darren Nicholson and Peter McGrath) in fifth place.
Another exciting race in Superboat Lite, Aussie team Hogs Breath Racing (Paul Fowlds and Jim Harris) shot to the lead in the first race winning easily, not to be so in the second heat with a DNF due to an electrical problem. Race two again saw a team shoot to the front – this time Total Home Developments (Michael Fletcher and Jason Way) very happy now they have sorted the problems they have had with the boat over the first two rounds of the 2016 Championship Series. Consistency pays off for the Fuel Doctor Team (Allan Branch and Alex Smith) finishing both races in second place, giving them the overall win for the Whitianga round. Hogs Breath Racing in second, third place went to Total Home Developments, with Outboard Pro, NZ Home Loans and Barley Legal finishing respectively.
Supercock Racing (Shannon Martin, Aaron Fletcher and Paul Greenfield) continue to dominate the Classic Class wining both races taking the overall first place, with Jackety Jack and Outlaw Racing finishing second and third respectively.
Sports 225 Class overall win went to father and son team in Chindit (Peter and Kane Wingate) and Sports 200 Class went to father and daughter team Tony and Charlotte Carson in RedSteel, with second and third placings going to CRD Automotive and D&H Steel.
Next rounds of the 2016 series will be at 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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