Speed­sters rar­ing to go

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By GRANT BRYANT

March’s power­boat Fes­ti­val of Speed event in Lake Wakatipu’s Frank­ton Arm could be ‘‘petrolhead heaven’’ for mo­tor­sport en­thu­si­asts from all over the south­ern re­gion, the New Zealand Power­boat Fed­er­a­tion reck­ons. Com­pe­ti­tion sec­re­tary Denise Moughan, who was in Queen­stown last week sort­ing be­hind-the-scenes de­tails for the mas­sive gath­er­ing of power­boats, said the course, just off the Kelvin Heights Penin­sula at Kelvin Grove, of­fered spec­ta­tors van­tage points un­heard of in other lo­ca­tions. The tele­vised event will be free to at­tend even for those watch­ing from close by and prom­ises spec­ta­tors the chance to wit­ness all the risks in­volved in any high horse-power event. If the March 23 and 24 event went well, Queen­stown could be con­sid­ered to host a world cham­pi­onship event in 2014. Com­mer­cial jet­boats and cruis­ing craft would not be re­stricted from nor­mal op­er­a­tions, and spec­ta­tor craft would be al­lowed within 100 me­ters of the course. The power­boat pit area would be opened up to the pub­lic at cer­tain times, Moughan said.

Photo: TIM CLAY­TON 626143027

Breath­tak­ing: Ath­letes in ac­tion dur­ing the run stage of the Par­adise Triathlon and Duathlon se­ries in 2013 with won­der­ful views of Mount As­pir­ing Na­tional Park.

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