The roar of race boats will return to Lake Mulwala this April as part of the Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix (AFPGP) racing series.JARED LOUGHNAN January 21, 2014 5:05pm
The Australian Formula Grand Prix meeting will attract more than 200 race crews and feature four classes of powerboats; Formula 1, Formula Optimax, Formula 2, Formula 3 as well Formula Juniors.
The circuit style race to be held on April 12 and 13 will be conducted over 650 metres in front of the Mulwala Water Ski Club and Ski Club Holiday Park where spectators will have great views from any vantage point.
Formula 1 boats have been likened to Formula 1 race cars and reach a top speed of 230km/h and can accelerate from zero to 160km/h in just four seconds. The 4.8 metre boats are capable of 5G turns and provide a great spectacle for onlookers.
AFPGP representative Martin Chiminello confirmed the plan to bring the grand prix event to Lake Mulwala last week.
“It has been an ambition of mine to bring boat racing back to the area,” Mr Chiminello told the Chronicle last week.
“We (AFPGP) have been trying to get an event back closer or in Victoria and Lake Mulwala was an ideal location.
“I have had positive talks with the Mulwala Water Ski Club and Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism and we would all love to see Lake Mulwala as a permanent fixture for a grand prix series race each year.”
Mr Chiminello has a holiday home at Woodlands and has been holidaying in Yarrawonga Mulwala since 1975. He races popular Formula 1 boat “Bud Light” with current F1 Australian Champion Paul Eade from Echuca.
“I love the area and know this location is perfect for crews and spectators alike.
“The grand prix event attracts competitors from Queensland through to Tasmania and Malaysian Formula 2 Champion Yanto Kadri has also confirmed he will be coming to Lake Mulwala.
“The drivers and teams are the best in the country at what they do,” Mr Chiminello said.
AFPGP is a driver and team operated entity with a direct interest in making every event successful. The association firmly established itself as Australia’s Premier Championship Series when they conducted the first of their five 2013/14 season rounds at Bundaberg, Queensland in November last year. Round 2 will be held at Wagga Wagga on February 22 and 23 shaping up to be just as good. Round 3 will be held on Lake Mulwala.
For more information on the series, visit their website www.formulapowerboats.com.au .
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