> Powerboat-World.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Features FishingBoating MarineBusiness-World Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising
Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Offshore Superboat defending champions on the comeback trail

Offshore Superboat defending champions on the comeback trail

'Starter sends the field away off Townsville in placid conditions following the rough water outing the previous week. - townsville offshore'    Andrew Gricks    Click Here to view large photo

Tom Barry-Cotter (driver) and Pal Virik Nilsen (throttles) have overcome their shaky start to the 2011 Offshore Superboat Championships to pilot ‘Mustang’ to two convincing victories in the Townsville Grand Prix.

'Mustang’ grabbed pole position following the shootout and was ‘on song’ to defeat arch-rival (and team mate) ‘Maritimo’, with current series leaders (and 2005 champions) Luke Durman (driver) and Ross Willaton (throttles) onboard.

The two wins at Townsville, following on the previous week’s DNF and a second placing, leaves ‘Mustang’ on 2000 series points, 775 shy of Class 1 leader ‘Maritimo’.

‘Mustang’ also trails ‘The Good Guys’ (Brendan and Christopher Frier) by just 25 points in the AUS 1 class.With three successive championship scalps to their credit, Barry-Cotter and Virik Nilsen were understandably keen to make it four in a row.

Class 1 champion ’Mustang’ roars past Townsville’s The Strand on its way to a double victory. - offshore townsville -  Reg Blunt?nid=85510   Click Here to view large photo

Sadly, with Melbourne entry ‘Jaeger Group’ a non-starter, believed to be due to sponsorship issues, there are only the two Maritimo team boats contesting Class1.

'It will make it very tough for us', Tom admitted.

'Even if we win every remaining race, if ‘Maritimo’ takes second every time we’re still in trouble.

'Still, the way I see it, all the pressure now is on Luke and Ross, we’re coming to get them, that’s for sure,' he added.

Conditions off Townsville were dead calm compared to the rough water affair off Mackay the week before.

'Mustang' first and it looks like daylight second, with Townsville's rocky Castle Hill looming in the background. - townsville offshore -  Andrew Gricks?nid=85510   Click Here to view large photo

Tom said winning pole had led to the team’s win, enabling it to corner hard and maintain a lead over ‘Maritimo’

'On the straights there was very little between us, it was only on the corners we managed to get a winning edge,' he explained.

‘Mustang’ topped out at a ‘healthy’ 134mph (215km/hr) at 7600rpm.

'We dropped off to 7200rpm towards the end when we losing a bit of oil, nothing serious, just a precaution,' he said.

With two thirds and two seconds from its five starts, ‘The Good Guys’ with the Frier brothers at the controls, is showing consistency and reliability.

There was some outstanding racing in Supercat Lite before ‘The Good Guys’ claimed the chequered flag just ahead of ‘Team 3’ (Steve Nugent and Travis Thompson).

‘Global Racing’ (Mike Beil and Steve Jellick) grabbed a third in the opening race, but failed to start race two with a trim failure.

‘The Good Guys’ now holds a commanding 450 points lead over ‘Team 3’ for the class championship with ‘Global Racing’ 475 points adrift in third.

Two other Supercat Lite entries, ‘Australian Vehicle Wholesalers’ and ‘Mazlin Electrical’ are both battling minor mechanical problems and trail the class.

‘B..B.C. Digital’ (Graham Fraser, driver, Scott Gehrman, throttles) have jumped out to a first class start to the Supercat Outboard season, with a double victory off Townsville to go with a win and a second at Mackay.

‘Saracen’, Antony deFina and Nigel Craven in he boat, came home second in both Townsville races and leads ‘SUV Dodge Ram’ on the championship standings by a bare 100 points.

‘SUV Dodge Ram’, Cameron Davis (driver) and Brett Luhrmann (throttles) aboard, claimed third place in race two, but suffered a DNF in the opening stanza.

It’s only early days, but the competition in Supercat Outboard Lite is so close the final result could go down to the wire.

Defending champions, Mick Walker (driver) and Gary Smith (throttles) have taken ‘FGI’ to a win and a second off Townsville to give the ultra reliable catamaran three wins and two seconds from its five starts.

‘Hog’s Breath’ Paul Gibbs at the wheel, Gryff Ethell on throttles, may well have hit the front only for a DNF in race two off Townsville.

'The Hog' now has a more than respectable tally of two wins and two seconds from its five starts.

‘It’s About Time’, with Mark Taylor (can he play cricket?) and Adam Nicolls aboard, is showing reliability, but seems a little off the pace, racking up three thirds and a second.

Three other Supercat Outboard Lite boats, ‘Shaken Not Stirred’, ‘Number 8’ and ‘Grumpy Mongrel’ failed to attend the North Queensland rounds.

Offshore Superboat Championships president, Adam Gilbert, was delighted with the staging of the Mackay and Townsville rounds.

'The conditions off Townsville were like chalk and cheese compared to Mackay,' he said.

'Nevertheless, racing was good and the spectator attendance outstanding.

‘Along The Strand, which runs parallel with the race circuit, Townsville City Council estimated 30,000 people or more watching the racing, it was a sight to see,' he added.

Adam is also owner of Team 3’ and was well pleased with the performance of the new boat, a former Victory rig from Dubai the team has been busily preparing for the 2011 season.

’Team 3’, Steve Nugent and Travis Thompsin aboard, has made a promising start to the season. Only acquited by team owner Adam Gilbert a few months ago, it only recently completed initial sea trials. - offshore townsville -  Reg Blunt?nid=85510   Click Here to view large photo

They did not make it to the start line off Newcastle for the opening rounds, but with a third, two seconds and a win have clearly shows they’ll be a force to contend with.

The Offshore Superboat Championships now focus on Redcliffe, in Brisbane’s east for the next two race-format even over the weekend of September 17-18.

The Frier brothers, Brendan and Chrstopher, have 'The Good Guys' running smoothly and were untroubled to win both Supercat Lite races off Townsville. - townsville offshore -  Andrew Gricks?nid=85510   Click Here to view large photo

The ultra reliable ’FGI’ is started a solid defence of the crown won last year with three wins and two seconds from its five starts. - offshore townsville -  Reg Blunt?nid=85510   Click Here to view large photo




by Bob Wonders

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.powerboat-world.com/index.cfm?nid=85510

10:48 AM Tue 5 Jul 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Power Boat News

Singapore Yacht Show – it’s a wrap. by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong






Pontoon Boats are a hit with families and entertainers by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,










Glacier Bay returns to Australia, re-launching at SCIBS by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,








Singapore Yacht Show 2014. Boats to make your eyes pop. by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Singapore










Power to the people at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,


SCIBS VIP lounge back bigger and better in 2014 by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,




Singapore Yacht Show 2014. And another thing… by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Singapore


























Luxury Yacht Share Asia (LYSA) introduces fractional ownership to Asia
Humpback Whales - Non Lethal research
RYA Competent Crew Skills – Second edition now available
Mondo Marine invests in Chinese shipyard
Aqualuma partners with ASMEX 2014 for Welcome function
Kaohsiung to welcome the world for 1st Taiwan International Boat Show *Feature
Changed boating conditions for ski race on Clarence River
Royal Victoria Cup - Cable, Hockney and Shipley victorious
Channel 7 stage returns to Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Hainan Rendezvous: suffering from a hangover?
Palm Beach International Boat Show shows healthy attendance
Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show - this weekend!
Coastal infrastructure and species loss - Climate Change consequences *Feature
rescueME PLB1 – safety assured in one compact, light package *Feature
Japan's Antarctic whaling program harpooned
All Marine Spares hits the boat show trail in a trailer *Feature
Royal Victoria Cup to take place this weekend
Rowers and ferry masters encouraged to share waterways safely
Go crazy about whales in a special family fun day at the museum
New generation trawler boats - tradition with a twist
Arvor releases new Sportsfish range   
AIMEX focuses on commercial show in Asia   
Further Australian growth for Stabicraft   
Southport Yacht Club will host a free 'Discover Sailing Day'   
Melbourne Boat Show earlier this year - 12 to 16 June   
FinScan digital switching fitted to new rescue vessels   
Kids' Zone a drawcard at Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show   
Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle welcomes Engel as stage sponsor   
BIAV appoints new GM   
Trash to Treasure - A seafood story   
Amazing Whales – Evolution and survival opens tomorrow   
Maritime Alert - Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters   
PWC riders brave South Island waters raise $93,000 for melanoma fight   
Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup to take place this July   
12 weeks til Melbourne Boat Show   
First deadline for SCIBS exhibitors looms March 24   
Paul Burt, boating guru, is the face of Sanctuary Cove Boat Show   
Marine Industry loses a loyal servant: Vale Gunter Bruckner   
Positive pass mark for new venue   
Couran Cove signs lease deal with Hope Island Marina   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png   http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS PBW