Round 3 of the 2014 Hi-Tec Oils Australian V8 Superboat Championships was held at Tweed Coast over the weekend. Rain created a mud filled practice and qualifying on Saturday which saw three boats come to grief and unfortunately an ambulance called. Sunday brought the sun out and it was clear blue skies all round for an action packed day of racing.
The well presented grounds of the Tweed Valley Jet Sprint Clubs track looked a picture of green and blue on the MotorsportsTV big screen, brought in especially for the event to view the Live Streaming Feed. An Australian first which enabled, including those from the USA, to watch all the action live on the internet via V8 Superboats website and on the MotorsportsTV app.
In the 350 Class there were a few drivers who returned to the championship to race at their local track, Shane Brennan, Ben Hathaway and Brad Marsden. But nothing was going to budge the top three contenders.
Scott Roberts of “Firm Racing” was the quickest in this category all day but had a moment in the last run and filled his jet unit with grass, taking away his chances of a podium win. His teammate Ed Owen pushed his machine to the limits but it wasn’t enough to take out Jeremy Kincaid of “Rogue Racing” who was just too good on the day, taking out first place and retaining his lead in the championship.
In the 400 Class Shane Loughnan, the current championship leader by just 2 points, struggled to find form at the Cabarita Beach track and only managed to scrape through with a third at the end of the day. Peter Monger of “Mongrel Racing” had a nasty crash in qualifying and was taken to hospital as a precaution, however, he was back at the track on Sunday sporting a few bruises. Harriman/Roylance team were having a good run but their boat suffered a loss of oil pressure issue engine their day.
Team Grumpy dominated the 400’s with father and son neck and neck all day. Although dad Mark Garlick had a navigational issue and a spectacular spin off the track in qualifying he came back strong, but not strong enough so Jake Garlick took the trophy for first place and it was obvious on the podium that he enjoyed one upping his dad.
V8 Superboats is a growing sport. This weekend saw two new novice drivers have a in the 400’s class. Justin Castelluzzo took a lead from many of the more experienced drivers and went the wrong way four times, but got it in the final Qualifier with a good enough time to land him 8th place. Paul Kelly had a few offs but walked away with the novice driver prize for the day for his efforts.
Track direction proved to be a challenge for several of the Unlimited class drivers with Paul Burgess of Daly Transport losing his way twice which cost him a spot in the top 6. Then team Excalibur got confused with Mick Carroll spinning off the track in the top 6. But Tony Giustozzi took the cake with three wrong ways until he finally got it right, pushing the limits in his usual exciting style, finding racing lines that no one else was taking finishing fourth.
Phil Dixon of team Hi-Tec Oils elected to sit out the rest of qualifying when the motor went off song, to give daughter Brooke the best chance of gaining some points. Brooke Dixon had to sit out the last two qualifying runs while they worked on the engine but she came back strong to put in the fastest lap time of the day with a 44.75 to get into the top three.
The current leader of the championship Daryl Hutton managed to retain his lead thanks to the kindness of the Daly Transport team who came to his rescue after his American Imports boat had engine trouble, letting him B drive to gather just enough points to stay in the lead.
Greg Mercier of Acol Racing after spinning out in qualifying, nursed the big beast 572ci engine through to claim second place for the day. In his words “this ridiculous engine is going to be something once we can get it dialed in right.” We look forward to that day!
With the sun beginning to set, the pressure was drivers started to struggle with vision on the track. Unfortunately Brooke Dixon’s top 3 run came to an early end, when the sun blinded her mid way through, causing her to spin off, which meant she had to settle for third place. Acol Racing made it around to take second place but the winner on the day was Phonsy Mullan and team Ramjet who also won the Mother Car Care prize for best presented team. Phonsy said “its good to be back and fighting for the championship again.”
A few of the teams now to pack their boats into containers and ship them over to USA for the 2014 UIM Jetsprint World Series before returning to Tweed Coast for Round 4 on the 18th and 19th of October. The UIM Jetsprint World Series is being held over two events. Round 1 is August 16-17th at the Bricks Jet Sprint Track – Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Round 2 is August 31st – September 1st at the Global Jet Sprint Track – Lebanon, Oregon. Teams from four countries will be competing for the world crown and our Australian drivers will be amongst the favourites.
image: Phonsy Mullan and Navigator Kelsie Gill triumph at Tweed Coast – photo: Pureart Creative Images
Hi-Tec Oils Australian V8 Superboats 2014 Championship Calendar
Round 4: Saturday 18 October – Sunday 19 October – Tweed Coast, NSW
Round 5: Saturday 8 November – Temora, NSW.
Round 6: Saturday 29 November – Temora, NSW.
Hi-Tec Oils Australian V8 Superboats 2014 Championship Points (After 2 of 6 rounds)
1 Daryl Hutton 150
2 Brooke Dixon 146
3 Phonsy Mullan 123
4 Phil Dixon 101
5 Greg Mercier 97
6 Tony Giustozzi 85
7 Darek Sygidus 80
8 Paul Burgess 76
9 Ted Sygidus 72
10 Mick Carroll 65
11 Andrew Page 63
12 Dean Finch 54
13 Daniel deVoigt 50
14 Tremayne Jukes 38
15 Tyler Finch 33
16 Robert Coleman 31
1 Shane Loughnan 148
2 Damian O’Leary 146
3 Kevin Laugesen 124
4 Jake Garlick 120
5 Mark Garlick 105
6 Justin Roylance 101
7 Greg Harriman 80
8 Daniel James 73
9 Brooke Lucas 71
10 Shane Andrew 43
11 Paul Kelly 34
12 Tony Whalan 32
13 Nathan Walker 28
14 Justin Castelluzzo 21
15 Peter Monger 10
1 Jeremy Kincaid 174
2 Scott Roberts 168
3 Brett Thornton 144
4 Troy McKenzie 90
5 Shane Allen 87
6 Ed Owen 53
7 Shane Brennan 42
8 Lin Thornton 39
9 Ben Hathaway 38
10 Brad Marsden 34
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