After their fifth win in a row Maritimo’s 19 year old driver Tom Barry-Cotter, the young champion, and his 32 year old Norweigen throttleman Pals Verik Nielson were thrown into the water by their Maritimo support crew.
The Flag - 2008 Superboat Grand Prix Sydney Harbour
Dripping, they were pulled from the water by Luke Durman and Ross Williton, the crew of the second placed boat Simrad.
Heading for the Race Course
Barry-Cotter said 'The atmosphere was great today. That was the best race I've ever done! Very much like the top races in Europe...better even than Arendal in Norway, which is considered better than any other on the World circuit.
‘The harbour course was tight but that suited us. Our boat has wider sponsons and a narrow tunnel so it is a good cornering boat. Mind you we lose a little on the straights.’
Luke Duman the driver of the runner up Simrad, was all smiles as he climbed out of the cockpit and came ashore.
‘It was fantastic racing. Thank you to Sydney for turning out... it was great to have such a huge success, considering what led up to it. The number of spectator boats was impressive and we could see crowds everywhere.
‘We saw sky a couple of times. There was quite a bit of chop heading up towards Sow & Pigs. With 20/20 hindsight we should have gone up a prop, we might have been able to hold onto Maritimo a little better. But I don't think we could have held them.
‘Through the big long sweeper below Shark Island we were sliding sideways while they were going round on rails. They really have that boat going beautifully.’
Under starters orders - 2008 Superboat Grand Prix Sydney Harbour
Pal Virik Nilsen (L) and Tom Barry-Cotter - wet winners are grinners - 2008 Superboat Grand Prix Sydney Harbour
|2008 Sydney Superboat Grand Prix|
|CLASS||RESULT||BOAT NAME||DRIVERS||RACE TIME||LAPS|
|ONE||FIRST||MARITIMO||TOM BARRY-COTTER PAUL VIRIK NILSON||62 min 49 sec||19|
|ONE||SECOND||SIMRAD||LUKE DURMAN ROSS WILLATON||60 min 09 sec||18|
|ONE||THIRD||IMPACT STEEL||STEVE JELLICK MIKE BEIL||61 min 39 sec||17|
|ONE||D.N.F.||ACME RACING||STEVE SEARLE ANDREW SEARLE||13 min 31 sec||3|
|SUPERCAT OUTBOARD||FIRST||SARACEN||ANTONY DEFINA SIMON THOMAS||61 min 41 sec||16|
|SUPERCAT OUTBOARD||SECOND||RED BELLIES||BRUCE SANDERS COLIN CRAVEN||63 min 39 sec||14|
|SUPERCAT OUTBOARD||THIRD||GLOBAL RACING||MARK GILBERT STEVE KELLY||63 min 52 sec||13|
|SUPERCAT OUTBOARD||D.N.F.||ALL AUSTRALIAN||STEVE MANTHEY PETER CRAIG||41 min 30 sec||9|
|SUPERCAT OUTBOARD||D.N.F.||SUV DODGE RAM||MAT HUMPHREY SIMON ISHERWOOD||36 min 21 sec||7|
|SUPERCAT OUTBOARD LITE||FIRST||ELDERS||MICK WALKER PAUL FOWLDS||62 min 59 sec||15|
|SUPERCAT OUTBOARD LITE||SECOND||EZY DOES IT||IAN HARRIS GRAHAM FRASER||63 min 29 sec||15|
|SUPERCAT OUTBOARD LITE||THIRD||TEAM 3||LEIGH TREVASKIS STEVE NUGGENT||61 min 51 sec||14|
|SUPERCAT OUTBOARD LITE||FOURTH||SHAKEN NOT STIRRED||MARK TAYLOR GARRY SMITH||62 min 51 sec||14|
|SUPERCAT OUTBOARD LITE||FIFTH||KWOZZY||JIM HARRIS ADAM NICOLLS||64 min 27 sec||14|
|SUPER VEE LITE||FIRST||FORCE BOATS||BRENT WISEMANTLE ANDREW FYFE||60 min 46 sec||13|
|SUPER VEE LITE||SECOND||CONNELLY PERF. BOATS||DAVID TURNER ANDREW PRECIANS||62 min 33 sec||13|
|SUPER VEE LITE||THIRD||RANDOM||TODD GRAY ROD FORAN||60 min 38 sec||12|
|SUPER VEE LITE||FOURTH||GRUMPY MONGREL||PETER JACK JAMES CALLAN||60 min 38 sec||12|
|SUPER VEE LITE||FIFTH||SLICK||ANDREW PIKE MICHAEL ETHELL||65 min 04 sec||12|
|SUPER VEE LITE||SIXTH||PURE PERFECTION||PETER ZALA BRETT LUHRMANN||64 min 18 sec||11|
|HAINES SUZUKI 150||FIRST||ACME RACING||CHRIS SEARLE CHRIS JADKONIS||62 min 09 sec||9|
|PRODUCTION UNLIMTED||FIRST||PRIMA DONNA RACING||NICK FEROS STEVE ATKINS||62 min 16 sec||12|
|PRODUCTION UNLIMTED||SECOND||TUFF-N-UP||DANNY KNAPPICK DEAN KREZNER||64 min 38 sec||11|
|PRODUCTION UNLIMTED||D.N.F.||4 THE BOYS||PERRY WHITTON TROY FRANKS||59 min 58 sec||8|