Poison Ivy makes the day
Despite the weatherman’s warnings, Round 4 of The PSP New Zealand Jet Sprint Championship took place at the Riverside Track, Crownthorpe, under beautiful blue skies and in temperatures over 25 ˚C. And on a day when the Black Caps played in the cricket World Cup not too far from the track, the racing still attracted a decent-sized crowd – and they weren’t disappointed in what they saw. It was the perfect day to enjoy some fast-paced racing, and Round 4 certainly delivered that.
There were a few disappointed crews in the pit area, however, as mechanical difficulties seemed to plague some of the teams during the day. For some it had even started before they got to the track, with Sam Newdick and Glenn Mason having to go without new pistons for their PSP boat (jokingly christened “the deep fat fryer” as it finished Round 3 full of oil!) as they were still in the USA. As Newdick said, “We waited until the very last minute, but had to use second-choice parts. Of course, when we get home from here, the new pistons will be waiting for us on the doorstep. At least we’ll be ready for Wanaka.” He may have been disappointed that his parcel from the States didn’t arrive, but he didn’t let it hold him back too much as he lifted the second place trophy in the PSP Suntuf Group A class at the end of the day.
Round 4 Hastings Coming up
The water has barely settled at the Meremere Sprint Bowl, and already teams are gearing up for the next meeting in the jetsprint calendar.
The Riverside Jet racing track in Crownthorpe, near Hastings, will be hosting Round 4 of The PSP NZ Jet Sprint Championship on Sunday 8th March, and it’s bound to be a day full of fun and thrills.
The word on the water is that Peter Caughey is hoping to be back in his own Enzed/Trojan/Total Oils boat, putting an end to some frustrating race days for him after the crankshaft broke during Round 1 this season. He’ll be keen to regain the top step of the podium, and will be worried (no doubt) that Pat Dillon and Steve Edmonds are becoming a little too comfortable up there after their wins in Rounds 1 and 3.
Round 3 Meremere and 34 thousandths of a second
It is amazing the number of hours most teams put into prepping their boats for a race meeting. When those teams are also involved in organising and prepping a track for a race meeting the hours they clock up are phenomenal. Everybody involved in getting the Meremere Sprint Bowl reading for Sunday’s Round 3 of The PSP New Zealand Jet Sprint Championship should feel rightly proud of their achievement because the track, spectator areas and the pit area all looked incredible.
The sun shone, and the corporate areas were packed out. The crowd on the banks looked like they were having a fantastic day and the racers felt the same too.
Meremere, you asked for it, we're back
Well, after the thrills and spills at the ASB Baypark Stadium at the end of January, life has returned pretty much to normal for the drivers and navigators taking part in The PSP New Zealand Jet Sprint Championship 2015 – but in this sport it doesn’t stay that way for long!
After a short spell of rest and relaxation the toolkits will be out once again as teams gear up for Round 3, which takes place at Meremere on Feburary 15th.
Peter Caughey will be hoping for better luck with his boat than he had in Round 2, when he brought in a back-up after the crankshaft went in his boat during Round 1 and even that developed engine issues. With Phonsy Mullan staying back in Australia for this round, Caughey – as reigning NZ and World Champion - must surely see his way to the top of the podium clear.