The roar of powerboats was welcomed back to Lake Mulwala last weekend as part of the Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix (AFPGP) racing series.JARED LOUGHNAN April 15, 2014 4:39pm
Organisers were extremely pleased with the event which was held in front of the Mulwala Water Ski Club and are keen to lock in a series race again on Lake Mulwala next year.
Drivers from five states including New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia competed in Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula 3 and the new Formula Opti classes.
These colourful, lightweight, high speed tunnel hulls accelerated and turned at exhilarating speeds entertaining hundreds of onlookers.
A feature of the event was the return of GP Hydro War Lord. Driven by current world title holder Troy Marland War Lord raced under strict judging rules in an effort to qualify for the EC Griffith Cup to be held at Lake Eppalock in two weeks where it will attempt to defend its title. The boat has just been rebuilt after flipping at Taree last year.
In the Formula 1 Series Class Victorian Paul Eade (Budlight Racing) consolidated his stronghold on the lead despite former champ, Queenslander Damien McKenzie (McKenzie Racing) taking line honours in Mulwala.
In the Formula 2 event Andrew King (Marine Tech, NSW) won again with Rhys Coles (Rhys Coles Marine, NSW) a close second. Both have shared the lead this series at different stages.
Jake Greentree (Greentree Racing, QLD) won Round 3 of the Formula 3 series. Greentree did not have it all his own way as his biggest competitor Will Parker (Wasp Racing, NSW) challenged strongly.
Formula Optimax was also on the program at Lake Mulwala. Series leader Michael Page (Page Racing, NSW) won the event where boats are all powered by Optimax 200XS SST outboards that were developed by Mercury Marine as a green, environmentally friendly race engine.
Also on the program was the entertaining Formula Futures class for junior drivers aged from 10 to 16 years of age. Competitors in these fun but hotly contested classes raced small lightweight vee shape Monohulls powered by 6 to 15 horsepower depending on their age and experience.
Round 4 of the 5 race series will now take place in Penrith on June 14 and 15 before finishing in Port Macquarie in August. For more information on the series, visit their website www.formulapowerboats.com.au .
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