The waters of Hervey Bay last weekend were not what was expected, flatter than anyone could remember for this event.
With point very tight for both classes and the outright “Aus 1” crown race 1 took to the waters of Hervey Bay.
Supercat Extreme battle between”Maritimo” and “222 Offshore” was on but on lap 3 “222 Offshore” slowed and was requiring a tow back to the pit, “Maritimo 11”, Ross and Andrew Willaton had the new “R36 Maritimo” fling with team mates “Maritimo 12” Tom Barry Cotter and Steve Jellick chasing and “KKR Transport in the hunt, this is how they stayed to the chequer flag.
Supercat Outboard had a tight points difference between “Eighty Eight Powerzone” Gryff and Michael Ethell and “Hogs Breath Team Hulk” Mick Walker and Paul Fowlds and chasing both was “Saracen” Antony DeFina and Matt Kelly and “Phantom” Chris Haegar and Ian Harris,
“Eighty Eight Powerzone” battled with “Hogs Breath” until “Eighty Eight Powerzone” suffered gearbox trouble,
“Hogs Breath Team Hulk” takes the win followed by”Saracen” and “Phantom”.
Between races information came back that “222 offshore” had broken a driveshaft and lost the prop and managed to replace the shaft and prop between the races and make it out for race 2.
“Eighty Eight Powerzone “also managed to replace a gearbox and was ready for race 2,
The water had chopped up a lot more since race 1 but nothing on previous races at Hervey Bay.
Supercat Extreme “Maritimo 11” jumped out of the box until lap 6 when they pulled out with an engine issue leaving “Maritimo 12”, “222 Offshore “and “KKR Transport” battling for points and this is how they crossed the line and with 2nd place points “222 Offshore” win the 2018 Supercat Extreme Championship and the ‘AUS 1’ title.
Supercat Outboard continued from race 1 with “Hogs Breath Team Hulk”, “Saracen”, “Eighty Eight Powerzone” and “Phantom” all in the points,
The lead changed every lap until “Hogs Breath Team Hulk” seemed to lose power and feel back in the field, “Saracen” had a moment at the western turn riding onto its side and nearly rolling, Matt Kelly the driver said ‘All I could see was green, thought we were over for sure’, They managed to stay in front to take the win from “Hogs Breath Team Hulk”, “Eighty Eight Powerzone” and “Phantom”, also with taking 2nd “Hogs Breath Team Hulk” win the 2018 Supercat Outboard Championship.
Thank you to all the public support to the event the teams really enjoy talking to you all.
Thank you to Wide Bay Cranes, Beach House Hotel, Handy Hire, Fraser Coast Events, Hervey Bay City Council, Hervey Bay Boat Club and of course our great race organisers and all of the volunteers that help make this happen.
Once again congratulations to the 2018 Champions,
AUS 1; 222 Offshore, Darren Nicholson and Peter McGrath (with Todd Kelly)
Supercat Extreme; 222 Offshore, Darren Nicholson and Peter McGrath (with Todd Kelly)
Supercat Outboard; Hogs Breath Team Hulk, Mick Walker and Paul Fowlds (with Ian Harris).
We now look forward to 2019 in which we look forward to more boats on the water and maybe some new locations.