Ex­pect plen­ti­ful ac­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - LAKES DISTRICT SPORT - By GRANT BRYANT

Wanaka’s Oxbow Aqua­park will come alive to the roar of al­most 50 jetsprint boats from New Zealand and Aus­tralia bat­tling for supremacy this Easter. Event con­vener Chris Munro de­scribed the event as ‘‘petrol-head heaven on water’’. ‘‘This’ll be the first race we’re go­ing to have on the new Oxbow track, which is the only ded­i­cated jetsprint track to be es­pe­cially dug out of a pad­dock in the South Is­land.’’ Although the event would be tele­vised, it was es­pe­cially good for spec­ta­tors as the whole cir­cuit could be seen from one van­tage point. ‘‘We’re def­i­nitely hop­ing a big crowd will come along to make a day of it be­cause it adds so much at­mos­phere to the whole thing and we want it to be a great day be­cause there’s been noth­ing like this in the South Is­land for the last six or seven years.’’ The fix­ture will be the fifth round of the New Zealand Jetsprint Champs, in­cor­po­rat­ing three classes of boats, the light class, which have en­gines un­der 400cc and 550 horse­power, the Group A class, which have en­gines above 400cc but be­low 670 horse­power, and the su­per boats which have un­lim­ited cc and horse­power. Food and en­ter­tain­ment on site.

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