Sleepyhead wins Auckland Offshore Race

Sleepyhead on her way to winning
Although they had the 2008 New Zealand Offshore Power Boat Championship in the bag after winning the penultimate round sponsored series in Napier of the Cougar Marine/Inex Metals, Peter Turner and Craig Archer driving Sleepyhead again stamped their dominance on the Superboat Class with an emphatic win at Auckland.

Right from the start there was an early challenge from Wayne Carson and Tony Coleman in Cure Kids, Fairview Windows and Doors, Scott Lewis and Chris Hanley, and Profloors driven by Wayne Valder and Ross Christensen, midday through the 100 mile event they had a comfortable lead which they never relinquished. Cure Kids held on for a well deserved second place from Fairview Windows and Doors who had earlier been the front runner for a number of the early laps, but dropped back to take a final third place.

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The Superboat Light class ended up being a two boat race with Grant Smith and Dave Aldridge driving addictive and Kelly Smith/Travis Thompson in Rayglass. The had a transom to bow race for the entire 15 laps and it wasn’t until the final lap that Rayglass managed to pull ahead and take the win. This also gave them the overall Superboat Light championship for 2008.

In 60 mile race noone had an answer for Mark Diggleman and Craig Parson in Finance Point, who lead from the first lap and never looked like being beaten. Mike Cameron once again showed his domination of Classic Class with another win in MarineWorkz.

However the race of the day was in the Formula Honda class with the 2008 championship riding on the last race. Michael Knight driving Building Solutions and Mike Smith driving Cougar Marine had to beat each other to win. While Michael and Debbie Urquhart took the class win, it was the battle for second place that was of special interest.

Building Solutions took the early advantage and looked like holding out Cougar marine, until a spin-out halfway through the race, saw his chance of the championship go in a flash. Cougar Marine shot past and Building Solutions was never able to make up the distance. Mike Smith and Matt Hopkins not only won the championship with their second overall class finish but also a trip for two to the UK to compete in a Formula Honda race.

  2008 Cougar Marine and Inex Metals Drivers Championship Official Race Results   Auckland – 10 May 2008   100-Mile – Overall placings
Place
Boat Name
Driver Name
Co Driver Name
From
1
Sleepyhead
Peter Turner
Craig Archer
Auckland
2
Cure Kids
Tony Coleman
Wayne Carson
Auckland
3
Fairview Windows
Scott Lewis
Chris Hanley
Auckland
4
ProFloors
Wayne Valder
Ross Christensen
Auckland
5
Rayglass
Kelly Smith
Travis Thompson
Wellington
6
Addictive
Dave Aldridge
Grant Smith
Wellington
7
Doosan
Sam Fillmore
Cary Gleeson
Auckland
8
Family Boat
Bob Smith
Mark Taitini
Auckland
 Superboat Class
Place
Boat Name
Driver Name
Co Driver Name
From
1
Sleepyhead
Peter Turner
Craig Archer
Auckland
2
Cure Kids
Tony Coleman
Wayne Carson
Auckland
3
Fairview Windows
Scott Lewis
Chris Hanley
Auckland
4
ProFloors
Wayne Valder
Ross Christensen
Auckland
 Superboat Light
Place
Boat Name
Driver Name
Co Driver Name
From
1
Rayglass
Kelly Smith
Travis Thompson
Wellington
2
Addictive
Dave Aldridge
Grant Smith
Wellington
3
Doosan
Sam Fillmore
Cary Gleeson
Auckland
4
Family Boat
Bob Smith
Mark Taitini
Auckland
 60-Mile – Overall Placings (Sports Boats)
Place
Boat Name
Driver Name
Co Driver Name
From
1
Finance Point
Mark Diggleman
Craig Parsons
Napier
2
Marine Workz
Mike Cameron
Andrew Hilliar
Auckland
3
Top Line Builders
Tony Beetham
Jonathan Hack
Auckland
4
Exception to the Rules
Jeff Weake
Jon Hewson
Hamilton
5
Konica Minolta
Greg Brink
Eldon Archer
Auckland
6
Stealth Powerboats
Tim Fellows
Mark Coburn
Otaki
7
Scarab
Tony Carson
Max Carson
Napier
8
Family Boat YMF
Steve Lockhart
Shane Mitchell
Auckland
9
Eliminator
John Purchase
Lee Mason
Auckland
10
Outlaw
Derek Walden
Tracy Waldon
Auckland
11
Cykotic
Mike Gerbic
Haydn Means
Auckland
DIS
Midnight Express
Tony Marsh
Ian MacDonald
Auckland
DIS
007
Peter Escher
Igor Efremer
Auckland
DNF
Spirit of Cheyenne
Chris Neyle
Dan Bridge
Auckland
DNF
Diligaf
Lance Dawson
Paul Porky
Auckland
DNS
ProFloors Concrete
Brett Flexman
Sarina Flexman
Auckland
 Super 60 (over 225hp)
Place
Boat Name
Driver Name
Co Driver Name
From
 
1
Finance Point
Mark Diggleman
Craig Parsons
Napier
2
Top Line Builders
Tony Beetham
Jonathan Hack
Auckland
3
Cykotic
Mike Gerbic
Haydn Means
Auckland
   Sports 60
Place
Boat Name
Driver Name
Co Driver Name
From
1
Konica Minolta
Greg Brink
Eldon Archer
Auckland
2
Stealth Powerboats
Tim Fellows
Mark Coburn
Otaki
DNS
ProFloors Concrete
Brett Flexman
Sarina Flexman
Auckland
 Sports 60 Restricted
Place
Boat Name
Driver Name
Co Driver Name
From
1
Family Boat YMF
Steve Lockhart
Shane Mitchell
Auckland
2
Eliminator
John Purchase
Lee Mason
Auckland
  Sports Classic Class
Place
Boat Name
Driver Name
Co Driver Name
From
1
Marine Workz
Mike Cameron
Andrew Hilliar
Auckland
2
Exception to the Rules
Jeff Weake
Jon Hewson
Hamilton
3
Scarab
Tony Carson
Max Carson
Napier
4
Outlaw
Derek Walden
Tracy Waldon
Auckland
DIS
Midnight Express
Tony Marsh
Ian MacDonald
Auckland
DIS
007
Peter Escher
Igor Efremer
Auckland
DNF
Spirit of Cheyenne
Chris Neyle
Dan Bridge
Auckland
DNF
Diligaf
Lance Dawson
Paul Porky
Auckland
 Formula Honda Class
Place
Boat Name
Driver Name98 cvw
Co Driver Name
From
 
1
Light Industry
Mike Urquhart
Debbie Urquhart
Napier
2
Cougar Marine
Michael Smith
Matt Hopkins
Wellington
3
Building Solutions
Mike Knight
Shannon Thickpenny
Auckland
4
Honda Marine
Carl Thompson
Rob Glen
Auckland
5
Miss Electropar
Mark Helms
Bryce Helms
Auckland
6
Back to Bay6
Glen Powell
Chris Powell
Hamilton
8
Team Altitude (Team ‘4 Sale’)
Tony Todd
Cooney
Raglin
9
Morrell Motors
Mark Morrell
Logan Morrell
Taupo
10
The Gambler
Simon Guard
John Linkhorn
Palm North
DNF
Auckland District Collections
Simon Freeman
Sean Bryant
Auckland
DNF
CRD Automotive
Colin Dunn
Zane Dunn
Laingholm


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