Su­per­boats blast into Bowen

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

SU­PER­BOATS might soon be­come an an­nual fea­ture in Bowen, fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the Heli Taxi Bowen Off­shore Su­per­boat Cham­pi­onships last weekend.

The town turned on per­fect weather with flat turquoise wa­ter and sunny skies, cre­at­ing ideal rac­ing con­di­tions for round 2 of the cham­pi­onship se­ries

Af­ter an ex­cit­ing start to the se­ries in New­cas­tle, the teams were ea­ger to tackle the new course at the brand new venue.

Pro­vid­ing spec­ta­tors with a great show, the su­per­boats raced around an 8km course in the har­bour with Mar­itimo New­cas­tle tak­ing out first place for pole po­si­tion on Satur­day and Mar­itimo Aus­tralia tak­ing the ti­tle for round 2, win­ning both race 1 and race 2 on Sun­day.

Su­per­cat 400 com­peti­tor, Gaso­line Al­ley, sur­prised all on-look­ers as it led the 600hp class for most of Race 1.

In­ter­na­tional driver, Alex Smith of New Zealand, was a hot tar­get in The Loaner as its big brother boat Kwozzy swiped straight over the top of it in the fi­nal race. With a crushed body on the left hand side, the 400hp boat won’t be rac­ing in Townsville next week for round 3.

Lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike en­joyed the high oc­tane weekend which in­cluded free pub­lic en­ter­tain­ment such as a street fes­ti­val on Satur­day night, com­plete with mar­ket stalls and the su­per­boats on dis­play in the main street.

There was also an air dis­play by a solo Roulette on Satur­day and four live bands that set off the fes­tiv­i­ties on Sun­day. Off­shore Su­per­boat pres­i­dent, Gra­ham Fraser, said the town and its lo­cals had been hugely sup­port­ive of the event.

“We’d like to spe­cially thank Mick Boyce from Whit­sun­day Ag Ser­vices who is ded­i­cated to his town and his love of mo­tor­sport, for mak­ing it hap­pen,” he said. Mr Fraser said the sup­port from Tourism Bowen and Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment was also ap­pre­ci­ated. For in­for­ma­tion visit www.su­per­boat.com.au or fol­low the se­ries on Face­book and Twit­ter.

IN AC­TION: The su­per­boats were a huge suc­cess in Bowen over the weekend.

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