Get set for Geelong high-speed water action
AMIX of local and international talent will thrill the crowd this weekend with speeds of up to 250km/h in their $1 million 2000hp power racing boats when round five of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships hits Corio Bay.
With only two rounds to go to wrap the titles for this season, spectators can expect highly competitive racing, with the final result for several classes set to go down to the wire.
A field of five class one boats will contest the Geelong Classic, including defending champions Tom Barry-Cotter and Pal Virik Nilsen as well as multiple world champion throttleman Steve Curtis, MBE, who will command for Sheik Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thanki.
Another 12 powerboats will battle for class honours in three other classes of competition over the weekend.
Often described as Formula One on water, a two-race format has been put in place for the Geelong round.
The best vantage point for spectators is the beachfront near the Steampacket Gardens.
The action will start tomorrow with a pole position shootout from 2pm-3pm.
The high-speed racing will get under way on Sunday from 11am. Race one is 30 minutes and race two, from 1pm, will go for 40 minutes.
Admission is free. Further information at www.superboat.com.au
Adrenalin rush: class one entry Qatar 96, driven by Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani and throttled by multiple world champion throttleman Steve Curtis.