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Sleepyhead is anything but sleepy on the water

'Sleepyhead in Wellington'    New Zealand Hydroplane Drivers Club Phillip Hoskyn    Click Here to view large photo

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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