Big changes for Stinger
You could be excused for not being able to keep up with the usual off season chops and changes. This off season more so with the incredible build up to the Worlds in the US.
So how can it get any more exciting you ask? Mainstay of Jet sprinting has changed hands. Stinger Jet Sprint has moved to Foxton, Horowhenua with its new owners, former Jet Sprint Super Boat Champion Richard Burt and his business partner and Super Stock legend Keven Roberts.
Both Keven and Richard are incredibly excited about the future. Stinger was started by Rex and Peter Briant and they developed a hull design that, some would argue, to be the most successful in Jet Sprinting. It has dominated the International Group A series being the NZ Championship winning hull every year since 2002. Stinger has also had huge success in the Super boat field with wins for Peter Briant and Richard.
...biplanes, jetboats and Richie McCaw...
What do biplanes, jetboats and Richie McCaw have in common? They were all seen at Wanaka over the Easter weekend this year!
The Oxbow Aqua Track, Wanaka, hosted 43 race teams on April 18th and there really could not have been a more dramatic setting for the New Zealand Jet Sprint Association Championships season finale. With the clouds holding tight to the surrounding mountains and the rest of South Island being lashed by Cyclone Ita’s high winds and heavy rain, the Oxbow Aqua Track proved to be a haven of relatively calm weather. It was the RSQKRU, and the boys from the Wanaka Rugby club who were helping out as pushers, who suffered the worst. They spent much of the day in the cold water of the track, and the temperatures plummeted as the racing went on long into the evening too.
luck and nerves of steel that decides the winners at Wanaka
South Island is groaning under the added weight of jetsprint boats, trailers and teams as they converge on the Oxbow Track, Wanaka, for the last round of the 2014 season which takes place on Friday 18th April.
It really is coming down to the wire, with the Championships in all three classes up for grabs and the competition as fierce as ever.