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26th April Round 6

Tauherenikau Racecourse on State Highway 2

Featherston

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Just who is going to come out on top?

Can you believe it?  The last round of The PSP NZ Jet Sprint Championship 2015 is nearly upon us!  In only a few short days, on Sunday 26th April, the race teams will be gathering at the Tauherenikau Racecourse, Featherston, for the all-important final round where the points certainly do mean prizes.

None of the classes can be called a foregone conclusion, especially the Biolytix 400s where Ollie Silverton (PSP) and Ross Travers (Radioactive) are neck and neck at the top of the table.  However, with Travers having won four out of the five rounds so far it must be said that he has an edge over the PSP team – a fact that will only spur Silverton on to greater efforts.  You can be sure that Hayden Wilson (White Noize) and Patrick Haden (Skitzo) will also be going all out to get themselves to the top of the table as there are, at most, 15 points between them and the current leaders.

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Stunning surroundings brings out stunning racing

The weather forecasters said that it was going to be a lousy day in Wanaka on Saturday, but luckily nobody told the weather!  The rain made its presence known on Friday night, which saved the organisers the trouble of getting a water truck in to damp down the pit area; and the clouds soon lifted, leaving the racers and the crowd to enjoy a beautiful Mainland day of top class racing.

Each class was quite light in numbers, but it meant that the day flowed as smoothly as the beer in the corporate tents and the action just kept on coming.

The stunning surroundings of the Oxbow Aqua Track were bathed in sunshine almost from the beginning of the qualifying runs, which was great for the RSQKRU (many of whom claimed to be still trying to get warm after last year’s trip to Wanaka) but not so good for the drivers who had to battle against glare from the sky and also from the reflections on the water.  Ric Burke (Firewater) likened it to steering by Braille, “You can’t see the islands because the sun is reflecting off the water, so you end up feeling the edges as you brush against them.  You think to yourself I have to go wide here and then you realise that it’s not that wide!”

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Next Stop Wanaka

Just as migrating birds respond to environment cues and know when to begin their journey, so do the jet sprint teams.  When the shops are full of Easter eggs and our mailboxes are full of junk mail about Easter eggs, the teams know that it’s almost time for Round 5 of The PSP NZ Jet Sprint Championship 2015.  As the adverts on the television reach a frenzy of Easter sales (and chocolate eggs) the teams are packing their gear, and heading south to Wanaka.

Round 5 takes place on Saturday 4th April at the Oxbow Aqua Track, just outside of Wanaka, and, judging by the photos doing the rounds on social media, many teams will be going down there to make some noise – and a big impression on the championship points’ table!

Glen Head and Darryn Todd will be hoping to finally get to the top of the podium in the Suzuki Grand Vitara Superboats, but Rob Coley (Mouthfresh, Poison Ivy) and Pat Dillon (PPG, The Hulk) have both enjoyed the view from up there this season and will be pushing hard to get there again.  If Peter Caughey has managed to get his boat up and running again he will be keen to regain the top spot, so the outcome is really anything but certain.

 

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Calendar

Round 1: 27th December Wanganui

Round 2: 24th January ASB Baypark, Mt Maunganui

                 25th January : ENZED V8 Jetsprints @ ASB Baypark, Mt Maunganui Sprint Cup

Round 3: 15th February Meremere

Round 4: 8th March Hastings

Round 5: 4th April Wanaka

Round 6: 26th April Featherston - Final

Suzuki Grand Vitara Superboats
1st Pat Dillon
2nd Peter Caughey
3rd Leighton Minnell

PSP Suntuf Group A
1st Sam Newdick
2nd Tristan Hynds
3rd Si Gibbon

Biolytix 400
1st Ollie Silverton
2nd Ross Travers
3rd Hayden Wilson

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