2008 Sydney Superboat Grand Prix Results

The Flag - 2008 Superboat Grand Prix Sydney Harbour
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.

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


Maritimo


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
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