Round two (formally round three) of the 2018 Altherm Window Systems NZ Jet Sprint Championship will be held at Shelter View track in Wanganui on the traditional date of Wednesday the 27th of December. So far the season has gone from one extreme to the other with Wanaka being cut short and Featherston being abandoned because of a drought. The drivers, especially those that didn't make it to round one, are in a competitive drought and are chomping at the bit to get back in the ...water. In Stinger Group B Paddy and Jay Haden will be looking to increase their points lead after taking the win at Wanaka. Both Kellie Minnell and Daniel “Buttercup” Reade will be trying to make sure that doesn't happen. Fowler Homes Group A points leaders Ollie Silverton and Jess Sit know that the competition will be fierce with Si Gibbon back after his crash, Neil Marshall back in his own boat, and Ross Travers all capable of a win. With Sam Newdick not having driven his 570 powered Mouthfresh Superboat before the start at Wanaka and still coming second, Peter Caughey knows that he will have to work hard to take the win at Wanganui. With the track favouring high horsepower, Rob Coley, Richard Murray, Blake Briant, and Aussie Ted Sygidus are all capable of taking the win. 41 crews have entered and the round will be run with four qualifiers, or five if time permits, then the top 9, 6, 3 Eliminations. Gates open at 11, a pit walk at 2:30 pm and racing finishing around 7.
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The jetsprinters were back in Featherston on April 26th after a couple of seasons away, and the organising committee certainly pulled out all the stops to make the day successful. They didn’t let a few minor hiccups such as having no water in the track on the 25th stop them, and worked tirelessly to sort out those issues. It certainly paid off, as the track and pit area were in excellent shape as the sun rose on the morning of the 26th. Even the weather behaved itself, and the PSP NZ Jetsprint Championship drew to a nail-biting finish without any of the racers or spectators getting wetter than they needed to!