Power team takes on Ki­wis

NT News - Motoring - - MARINE GUIDE -

REACH­ING speeds of al­most 200 km/h in a souped-up powerboat is no sweat for Steve Nu­gent.

The 54-year-old Gold Coast man is one of a team of four head­ing across the Tas­man later this month to com­pete in the New Zealand Off­shore Powerboat Racing Se­ries 2010.

The group, who call them­selves Team 3, con­sists of Nu­gent, the driver, New Zealand’s Craig Archer, on throt­tles, Adam Gil­bert, the powerboat owner, and Nathan Heymink, the en­gi­neer.

The team will race in the premier cat­e­gory against four other New Zealand powerboats dur­ing eight rounds.

The 9.7m (32ft) car­bon fi­bre cata­ma­ran Nu­gent will drive in New Zealand has been im­ported from Dubai and is pow­ered by twin Mer­cury 525 EFI V8s.

Last year, the team com­pleted the Aus­tralian cal­en­dar and they are hop­ing to smash the com­pe­ti­tion in New Zealand.

Nu­gent said power-boat racing re­quired a lot of trust be­tween the driver and the throt­tle op­er­a­tor who worked to­gether to con­trol the ves­sel.

The first of eight races kicks off on Jan­uary 31 at Taupo, in the cen­tral North Is­land, and will con­clude in Auck­land on May 8.

BLAST-OFF: The 9.7m (32ft) car­bon fi­bre cata­ma­ran powerboat is pow­ered by twin Mer­cury 525 EFI V8s

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