1st December 2014
2014 Australian Offshore Superboat Champions crowned at Hervey Bay
It was a history making finish to the 2014 Australian Offshore Superboat Championship Series on the weekend in Hervey Bay, being the first time a team has won the NZ and Australian Offshore Superboat Championships in the same year.
The thunderous roar of the furious Formula Ones of the sea thrilled crowds as Hervey Bay turned on perfect weather for drivers and spectators for the championships' third visit to idyllic Hervey Bay.
Thirteen superboats battled for honours in four classes of competition, with the Maritimo Newcastle entry of Darren Nicholson and Peter McGrath taking the chequered flag in both races on Sunday.
But it was Kiwi competitors, Wayne Valder and Chris Hanley of Global Racing, who exploded away from their main rival, category counterpart Team 3, to add the AUS 1 title to their list of achievements, alongside the New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Series title they won in May.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Global Racing, as problems with the water pump pressure during Saturday’s pole position shoot-out threatened to ruin their chances.
Valder said Saturday’s situation put a lot of stress on the team but praised the crew, especially mechanic Jonathon Martin, who worked hard on the boat to fix the problem and nail down a good set-up for race day.
Racing itself was eventful, with Race 1 being shortened to 20 minutes due to a wildlife sighting and a subsequent restart. Five boats failed to finish both races, including Kwozzy, whose tie rod broke from the steering, Spirit of Mackay who retired in Race 1 on one engine and Maritimo 11 required tow assistance after they broke a tail shaft.
Despite failing to finish the second race, Navy Health held on to claim the Supercat Extreme class, and Mancine Cosmetics took out the Supercat 600HP category despite a late charge by Saracen, which enjoyed a thrilling battle with SUV Dodge Ram and Gasoline Alley took out the 400hp category.
Special thanks to Fraser Coast Opportunities for staging a great event and major sponsor the Hervey Bay Boat Club for hosting our Meet and Greet on the Friday night and Presentation Dinner on Sunday evening.
2014 Championship Winners
AUS 1 – Global Racing
Supercat Extreme – Navy Health
Supercat 1000 – Team 3
Supercat 600 – Mancine Cosmetics
Supercat 400 – The Loaner
Proposed 2015 Race Rounds
Round 1) Newcastle (NSW) – 25 & 26 April
Round 2) Mackay (QLD) – 13 & 14 June
Round 3) Bowen (QLD) – 17 & 19 June
Round 4) Townsville (QLD) – 25 & 26 July
Round 5) Coffs Harbour (NSW) – 15 & 16 August
Round 6) Redcliffe (QLD) – 5 & 6 September
Round 7) Hervey Bay (QLD) – 28 & 29 November
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