Andrew Gricks

Roar of superboats take over Bay

THE usually pleasant waters off Hervey Bay transformed into a scene of explosive action and frenetic racing for the final round of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships.

Drawn by the thunderous roar of high-octane horsepower, locals turned out in their thousands yesterday to soak up the noise and excitement.

Boats across three classes - Supercat 1000, Supercat 600 and Supercat 400 - battled it out for series honours in the 2012 finale.

Hervey Bay was a new addition to the circuit this year and organisers could not have asked for a closer finish to the championship with the race for the Supercat 1000 title going down to the wire.

In the end it was The Good Guys which prevailed in a three-way tussle.

Throttled by Brendan Frier and driven by his brother Chris, The Good Guys, the form team heading into the final round, won both races to finish ahead of pole holder Maritimo Mainlube (Peter McGrath and Darren Nicholson), which went into the final round leading by 194 points.

The big catamarans had spectators' hearts pumping as the three beasts raced neck-and-neck during the opening lap of race one.

But it was The Good Guys who had the pace, exploding away from Team 3 (Travis Thompson and Steve Jellick) on lap three to eventually take the 30-minute race.

The Frier brothers drove brilliantly in the second race, as the 13m-long superboat with twin 525hp engines seared through the bumpy waters along Hervey Bay's beaches to finish ahead of their main opposition for the title, Maritimo Mainlube.

The round victory makes it back-to-back championships for the Mackay brothers.

Brendan said it was tough going on the uncharacteristically choppy waters.

"It was very hairy," he said.

"Everyone kept telling us this is not typical Hervey Bay weather but that was one of the hardest races we've had to do.

"We were driving on the edge because we knew it was all or nothing."



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