Get set for Gee­long high-speed wa­ter ac­tion

Herald Sun - Motoring - - What’s On -

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.

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