New Zealand Jetsprints

Round 1: 27th December Wanganui

24/25th January : V8 Jetsprints @ Baypark, Mt Maunganui

Round 2: 15th February Meremere

Round 3: 8th March Hastings

Round 4: 4th April Wanaka

5th April : South Island Champs Wanaka

Round 5: 25 April Featherston - Final

Top Drivers

Suzuki Superboat Class Leaders
1st Peter Caughey/Karen Marshall 169
2nd Graeme Hill/Tracey Webster 165
3rd Leighton Minnell 154

PSP Ltd Group A Class Leaders
1st Sam Newdick/Glenn Mason 148
2nd Paul Gaston/Louise Blythe 142
3rd Bevin Muir/Kathy Muir 127

400 Class Leaders
1st Haydn Wilson/Chris Hausman 143
2nd Warren Farr/Ben Thomas 138
3rd Ollie Silverton/Geoff
Sisterton 132

Full results click here

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press release: December 23rd

Excitement is mounting to a fever pitch at Shelter View Jetsprint Track this week, and preparations are in full swing to make Round 1 a very memorable day, and a successful start to the NZ Jet Sprint Association 2013/2014 season. The gates open at 11am on Friday 27th December at the track, which is situated about 12 Kms north of Wanganui, but the ground crew are already working hard to ensure everything is ready.

There are 45 teams competing across the three classes, and it is a matter of personal opinion whether you feel that the Suzuki Superboats, the NZ 400 class or the PSP Group As will provide the most intense competition on the day.

Certainly the Suzuki Superboats have the power advantage, and those methanol-guzzling monsters are always a crowd pleaser. The drivers have a high level of respect for their machines, and for the opposition. We asked Peter Huijs (driver of the 1400 hp Quad rotor turbo- powered Mad Az) what he thought of the competition this year. He told us, “I feel this year the top 6 superboats have all stepped up. Peter Caughey will always be the top threat, with Leighton [Minnell] close on his tail. I see Pat Dillon has his jet unit working extremely well and there has been a lot of secret squirrel work done behind the scene with a few other boats as well. In this game everyone can step up as it’s what happens on the day that counts.”

The NZ 400 class or the PSP Group As may not have the horsepower of the Suzuki Superboats, but the drivers are no less competitive. When asked who he saw as the biggest threat, PSP Group A driver Bevin Muir (Teng Tools Racing) said “It would be easier to say who isn’t a threat! We plan on running Teng Tools Racing at the sharp end of the field. We aren’t here to make up the numbers and we wouldn’t be in the sport if we thought otherwise. The 2014 season is gearing up to be a ripper!”

Bevin has a slightly more difficult time than most drivers during a race day, as he double-drives the Teng Tools Racing boat with Baden Gray. Obviously, having two different racing teams using the same boat means that it gets twice as much time in the water, with the twice the number of chances for something to go wrong. That didn’t stop the Teng Tools Racing team from winning the best PSP Group A team award at last season’s prizegiving for the team with the best results in a double driven boat – a feat that they’re hoping to duplicate this season.
The NZ 400 class (formerly known as the Lites) is going to be hotly contended this year, as the reigning champion, Gerry Linklater, has decided not to defend his crown in 2014. This group sees a number of newcomers entering the sport, including the Naki Boyz, Jason Reade and Anthony Lewis. They’ll be up against some well-established teams, and this year the boys are joined by not one, but two all-girl driver/navigator combinations. Donna Thomson is joined in Two-A-Breast by Monica Couper, and Pip Thompson/Megan Brodie form the second ladies’ team in The Bitches Box.

And of course, anything the ladies can do, the Aussies think they can do better, so Paul Gaston will be flying in from the Gold Coast to challenge Richard Murray in the PSP Group A class, while Greg and Dorinda Mercier will be arriving from Hastings, Victoria, and laying down a challenge in their Suzuki Superboat “Az U Do”. Our superboat drivers will also have to look out for Phonsy Mullan, the Australian Number 1, who is bringing his twin-turbo, 1600 Hp Ramjet to the party and promises to get things jumping! The other Aussie who is fast becoming a fixture in the jet sprinting community is the Caveman who will be here once again providing insightful commentary and witty banter throughout the day.

The biggest drawcard by far, however, has to be the unveiling of “the gitS” and his celebrity challenge boat. He will have 3 laps to turn hapless celebrities from novices into drivers good enough to set convincing lap times on the celebrity leader board. His first outing will be with TV personalities, Pete and Andy, who will be racing the clock (and each other) in an attempt to get their name to the top of the board. The boys will also be in the pit lane during the lunchtime opening, so you can come along and hear for yourself how intense and exhilarating driving a jet sprint boat can be. All the other boats and drivers will also be in the pit lane at this time, so you can get up close to the boats and chat with the teams.

The fun starts at 11am, when the gates open. Ticket prices, the day’s timetable and lots of other information is available at

Round 1:
27th December 2013: Wanganui

Round 2:
25th January 2014: ENZED V8 Jetsprints @ ASB Baypark, Mt Maunganui

Round 3:
9th February 2014: Meremere

Round 4:
16th March 2014: Hastings

Round 5:
5th April 2014: Wanganui (night)

Round 6:
18th April 2014: Wanaka (Final)