7th September 2014
Superboats rev it up in Redcliffe
There was fierce racing between competitors at Round 5 of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships in Redcliffe this weekend.
The teams were keen to go as fast as they could around the 8.4km course in Scarborough Harbour to get top points before the final round in Hervey Bay on the 30th and 31st of November.
Saturday at Noon, the Offshore Superboats did a fly by along the Redcliffe foreshore at Pelican Beach as part of the Redcliffe Festival.
Pole Position Shootout at 1pm presented good lap times and little upset with the exception of Mazlin taking on loads of water through the cabin.
Sunday wasn’t so smooth with choppy conditions causing carnage among many boats. Dirty water and strong winds made visibility difficult. The wind blew Global Racing onto Spirit of Mackay taking strips of paint and fiberglass off on both boats.
Team 3 clipped the chine of Mancine Cosmetics in the air, while Maritimo 11 suffered a delaminated hull and Eighty Eight Offshore lost power with both engines and was towed back to the pits to sit out Race 2. Mazlin managed to complete one lap with SUV Dodge Ram not able to finish the first.
The rain came through before Race 2 and with it the wind dropped off and so did the white caps. That didn’t prevent Saracen from dropping a starboard engine after one lap and Kwozzy loosing an engine in Moreton Bay on the last.
The Global Racing team was cheering when Team 3 lost a prop on the last lap, Team 3 was just 1 point away from leading the overall AUS 1 Championship Series. Global Racing continues to lead the overall AUS 1 Championship Series on 712 points.
Supercat Extreme competitor, Team Navy, took out the title for Round 5 with Global Racing winning the Supercat 1000 class, and SUV Dodge Ram taking a long awaited win for the 600hp category. Gasoline Alley beat Aiden Luke who had his maiden run in The Loaner this weekend.
The public is welcome to view the Superboats and talk to the race teams through the dry and wet pit area located on Bird "O” Passage Dve, Scarborough.
Thank Our Village Foundation and the Redcliffe Kite Festival for supporting this event.