Maritimo snares pole
BREAKING: Maritimo Mainlube has got one hand on the championship trophy after its drivers Peter McGrath and Darren Nicholson snared pole position in the shootout today.
The high-powered superboats hit the water in Hervey Bay under a sunny sky but in choppy seas for the final round of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships.
Maritimo Mainlube, which holds a 194-point buffer over Team 3 in the Supercat 1000 series, registered the fastest average speed of 115kmh over four laps in the difficult water conditions.
Although no points are awarded in the pole position shootout, Maritimo Mainlube will get the vital inside run into the first corner of race one tomorrow, which starts at 11am.
Next to them will be their main threats for the title, Team 3 (Travis Thompson and Steve Jellick) and The Good Guys (Brendan and Chris Frier).
From the second row, Saracen (average speed of 103kmh) will have the inside run after topping qualifying in the Supercat 600, while The Loaner (81kmh) was the fastest in the Supercat 400.
Race one starts at 11am and the second race will be at 1pm.