Warren Lewis returned to FMI Racing following his retirement two years ago convincingly winning, Placemakers Pakuranga and GJ Gardner Manukau Thunder on the Coast 2015 with Andrew Koolen, at Beachlands in Auckland. The Fairview Windows and Doors Skater 34 reveling in the light conditions, absolutely scorching around the course showing a clean pair of drives to the whole field. Wayne Valder and Chris Hanley in Profloors NZ1 heavier Phantom 34 Cat taking second place overall, ahead of Gordon Robinson and Allan Branch in Superboat Lite Fuel Doctor in front of a capacity beachfront crowd.
Close racing in the truly spectacular conditions saw Gordon Robinson and Allan Branch in the AB Marine prepared Superboat Lite Fuel Doctor, powered with a pair of Mercury 300X outboards win the Superboat Lite Class title, with Total Home Developments #S-1 taking second place, with John Shand and Steve Jellick in Barely Legal #17 in third.
Bryan McLean and Alistair Reeves in the famous twin turbo big block Chevy powered Mackay 27 Topaz, lead the Classic field at the start before alternator failure curtailed their days racing. Total Home Developments #103 took out the classic class following the lead changing on several occasions; Gull Force 10 taking second place ahead of Grant Valder’s single inboard 502 Mercuiser Outlaw, which suffered overheating problems caused by a seaweed blocked heat exchanger. New to the Classic class and all the way from Mangonui in the Far North, in an immaculacy prepared Sleekline, Wiltons Garage & Marine were Hamish Wilton and Scott Tracey.
Husband and wife team, Haydon and Delia Spiers from Whangarei won Sports 300 in their Ocke Mannerfelt 23 monohull Outboard Pro. Sports 200 was taken out by Alex and Josh Smith in their Sonic 1900SS “Triple Trouble”, with Mike Urquhart and James Downs in “NZ Home Loans ” Sonic 1900SS in second and Alex Smith and Josh Smith in their Sonic 1900SS “Pirates” in third place.
Chris Haeger and Nick Campbell in New Zealand Home Loans 16 won Sports 150, with father and daughter Tony and Charlotte Carson in Red Steel second and D & H Steel crewed by brothers and sister Max, Jamie and Shara Carson in third. Visit www.nzoffshore.co.nz for full race results and the latest updates.
Racing heads to Whitianga on the beautiful Coromandal Peninsula, on Saturday the 21st of March for Round four of the 2015 NZ Offshore Powerboat Championships. The events’ base and best viewing are from Buffalo Beach with racing starting at 11:00am.
The 2015 series dates are Round four, Whitianga, Coromandal Peninsula, 21 March 2015. Round five, Auckland Harbour, 11 April 2015. Round six, Napier, ANZAC Day, 25 April 2015. Round seven, Paihia, Bay of Islands, 9 May 2015.