Round 5 of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships
Round 5 of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships finished up recently, creating a fitting end to an exciting season of racing.
Hervey Bay was the stage for the final race, with the thrill of the high octane superboats drawing massive crowds to the Charlton Esplanade foreshore, thrilling spectators with the exciting sounds of the powerful engines. Teams raced a triangular course from Torquay to Point Vernon, with one of the straits only 600m from the shoreline.
Saturday’s on water action started early, with a quick and exhilarating pole position shootout. R Marine Crawley Racing started solid finishing in pole position in both races.
Team driver Glenn Campbell said, “The team competed well, achieving pole position for both races during Saturday’s shootout.” Glenn continued saying, “The boat loved the bumpy conditions making it easy for us to reach pole position.”
As Hervey Bay was the final event of the series, the team participated in a street parade which travelled through the idyllic seaside town, from Urangan’s marina through the main street of the town and return.
Glenn in a comment said, “The parade added a different dynamic to the event, it’s not often you’re left feeling warm and gooey”.
The serious racing started at 11am on Sunday morning, and team R Marine Crawley had their engines prepped and ready for a roaring start.
Glenn said, “We just concentrated on our boat set up and handling, making sure it was nice and balanced for the rough conditions on Sunday. The more work we put into the set up of the boat, the easier it is for us in race conditions. We had a great race long battle with Barely Legal just taking out the win in the last few laps.”
Going into race 2, the final event of the 2016 series, team R Marine Crawley knew they had to get better than 4th place to take out the series win. With team Offshore 222 out due to engine failure, they had a great chance to take home the 2016 trophy in what has been a record book result in their first year of racing in the Australian Offshore Superboats Championships.
“We got off to a great start for the second race, however luckily we had a commanding lead as we lost a blade from one of the propellers, causing a major vibration through the boat. Andy and I made the decision to slow down, but just slightly so we could ensure we finished the race in a good position, wrapping up the Australian Championship for the year,” Glenn said.
In an official release from R Marine Crawley Racing, they said,
“We are SUPER proud to announce that R Marine Crawley Racing has taken out the 2016 Offshore Superboat Championships (Australia) 600hp class. With an almighty effort from the team and HUGE thank you to our sponsors