Sleepyhead is anything but sleepy on the water

Peter Turner and Craig Archer continued their total domination when they drove their Superboat, Sleepyhead to its fourth consecutive win. Competing in Wellington in round four of the 2008 Cougar Marine and Inex Metals Drivers Championship New Zealand Offshore Power championship, they lead from the start and were never headed.

However Craig Archer commented after the event held in a 10 to 15 knot breeze on Wellington Harbour, that it was far from an easy run. 'We had to work hard every lap to keep ahead of the Lewis brothers in Fairview Windows as the water conditions changed on every lap’, said Archer.

Warren and Scott Lewis once again had to settle for the bridesmaid position, with Tony Coleman and Wayne Carson in Cure Kids taking third. Cure Kids caused some anxious moments midway through the race when it spun out at coming out of a turn. Coleman said he was just getting to grips with his newly imported Skater 35 but admitted he got just a little to aggressive and paid for it.

This allowed Profloors driven by Wayne Valder and Ross Christensen to close the gap, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to make a difference.

At the flag it was Sleepyhead by a considerable margin from Fairview, Cure Kids and Profloors.

In Superboat Light, it was anyone’s guess as to which of the four Skater 28s would win. This season has already seen close racing at times between the four almost identical boats and the light conditions meant it was going to be a speed race.

From the start Bob Smith and Mark Taiatini in Family Boats stamped their mark on the fleet and raced away to a comfortable lead by the first buoy. But luck has not been with the team this season and less than halfway through the second leg one of the Mercury 2.5s expired. With Family Boats out of the race, Grant Smith and Dave Aldridge took the lead, but they to held it or only a few laps when one of their Mercury 2.5s seized. With this, Kelly Smith and Travis Thompson took the front spot , from Andrew Koolan and Gary Gleeson in Doosan and that’s how they finished.

In the 60 mile race, Mark Diggleman and Craig Parsons in Finance Point took line honours from Chris Neyle , Dan Bridge and Alec Smith in Spirit of Cheyenne.

In the highly competitive Formula Honda class, local Wellintonian, Michael Smith and Matt Hopkins had a convincing win and took their second outright win of the season. Mike Knight and Shannon Thickpenny held on for second spot in Building Solutions, with Grant and Cynthia Garrity taking third.

After four rounds, Sleepyhead holds a commanding lead with maximum points in Superboat and overall, with Rayglass leading the Superboat Light, and Finance Point, the 60 mile championship.

The next round will be held at Tauranga on Saturday 29 March.

2008 Cougar Marine and Inex Metals Drivers Championship Official Race Results
Official Race Results Wellington – 15 March 2008
100-Mile – Overall placings
      Place     Boat Name     Driver Name     Co Driver Name     From
1     Sleepyhead     Peter  Turner     Craig Archer     Auckland
2     Fairview Windows     Scott Lewis     Warren Lewis     Auckland
3     Cure Kids     Tony Coleman     Wayne Carson     Auckland
4     ProFloors     Wayne Valder     Ross Christensen     Auckland
5     Rayglass     Kelly Smith     Travis Thompson     Wellington
6     Doosan     Andrew Koolen     Cary Gleeson     Auckland
      DNF     Family Boats     Bob Smith     Mark Taitanini     Auckland
      DNF     Addictive     Dave Aldridge     Grant Smith     Wellington
Superboat Class
1     Sleepyhead     Peter  Turner     Craig Archer     Auckland
2     Fairview Windows     Scott Lewis     Warren Lewis     Auckland
3     Cure Kids     Tony Coleman     Wayne Carson     Auckland
4     ProFloors     Wayne Valder     Ross Christensen     Auckland
Superboat Light
1     Rayglass     Kelly Smith     Travis Thompson     Wellington
2     Doosan     Andrew Koolen     Cary Gleeson     Auckland
      DNF     Family Boats     Bob Smith     Mark Taitanini     Auckland
      DNF     Addictive     Dave Aldridge     Grant Smith     Wellington
60-Mile – Overall Placings (Sports Boats)
1     Finance Point     Mark Diggleman     Craig Parsons     Napier
2     Spirit of Cheyenne     Chris Neyle     Dan Bridge/Alec Smith     Auckland
3     Marine Workz     Mike Cameron     Andrew Hilliar     Auckland
4     Wizard     Luke Richardson     Soren Stewart     Christchurch
5     Konica Minolta     Jeff Weake     Jaccquline Weak     Auckland
6     Topline Builders     Tony Beetham     Jonathan Haack     Auckland
7     Indecision     Russell Gibbs     Daniel Braddock     Wellington
8     Café Royal     Glen Urquhart     Darren Urquhart     Whangaparoa
9     Bad Boys     Chris Hicks     Chris Hopkins     Wellington
      DNF     Stealth Powerboats     Tim Fellows     Mark Coburn     Otaki
      DNS     Sassy Red     John Hercock     Warren Backhouse     Wellington
Super 60 (over 225hp)
1     Finance Point     Mark Diggleman     Craig Parsons     Napier
2     Topline Builders     Tony Beetham     Jonathan Haack     Auckland
Sports 60
1     Wizard     Luke Richardson     Soren Stewart     Christchurch
2     Konica Minolta     Jeff Weake     Jaccquline Weak     Auckland
      DNF     Stealth Powerboats     Tim Fellows     Mark Coburn     Otaki
      DNS     Sassy Red     John Hercock     Warren Backhouse     Wellington
Sports 60 Restricted
1     Indecision     Russell Gibbs     Daniel Braddock     Wellington
2     Bad Boys     Chris Hicks     Chris Hopkins     Wellington
Sports Classic Class
1     Spirit of Cheyenne     Chris Neyle     Dan Bridge/Alec Smith     Auckland
2     Marine Workz     Mike Cameron     Andrew Hilliar     Auckland
3     Café Royal     Glen Urquhart     Darren Urquhart     Whangaparoa
Formula Honda Class
1     Cougar Marine     Michael Smith     Matt Hopkins     Wellington
2     Building Solutionsd     Mike Knight     Shannon Thickpenny     Auckland
3     Mike Pero Mortgages     Grant Garrity     Cynthia Garrity     Havelock North
4     Miss Electropar     Mark Helms     Bryce Helms     Auckland
5     Back to Bay6     Glen Powell     Chris Powell     Hamilton
6     Light Industry     Mike Urquhart     Darren  Woods     Whangaparoa
7     Honda Marine     Carl Thompson     Rob Glen     Auckland
8     CRD Automotive     Colin Dunn     Zane Dunn     Laingholm
9     Team Altitude (Team ‘4 Sale’)     Tony Todd     Vaughn Warner     Raglin
10     Morrell Motors     Mark Morrell     Logan Morrell     Taupo
11     The Gambler     Kevin Smith     Simon Guard     Palm North
      DNF     Auckland District Collections     Simon Freeman     Sean Bryant     Auckland






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