Sunday 13 November Western Australia drivers enjoyed their first race day for the season.
The club was a hive of activity and excitement as boats lined up ready to hit the water and blow out some old cobwebs. With the weather less than perfect with fresh, cool & windy conditions we were in for some interesting racing throughout the day.
After a practice session juniors hit the water and true to the young ones pushing the boundaries we encountered a couple of minor spin-outs early in the piece prior to them settling themselves into some tight racing for the rest of the day, spectators were treated to some great driving from these young, up and coming drivers.
Our 25hp class wasted no time in getting started and treating spectators to some very close racing, Jason Woollard made the step up from 15Hp this year after a year off and wasted no time in getting amongst the action in the 25hp class, welcome back Jason.
Another junior stepping up from 15hp this season is Deearnah Truran-Fowler in her beautifully prepared F2, with close coaching from her father a retired tunnel boat driver. I expect we will see some steady progression in this boats results.
Well speaking of tunnels not all news is good news? One of our well campaigned F1 drivers in John Robinson had the misfortune of car mechanical dramas on the Eyre highway while on the way to compete at Bundy Thunder recently and had to divert back home to conduct mechanical repairs. Fortunately for race day spectators John decided to run the boat at home to regain his sense of humor and all that was needed was a little boat racing action to put his car troubles behind him.
The V8 displacements pleased the crowd as usual with some fierce racing, great to see Des Leeder in boat 66 back at the front of the pack with his engine woes of last season behind him, Mr. reliable Andy Kirk in Havoc encountered minor engine problems with his new engine early in the day and erred on the side of caution and parked the boat. Les Smith in Mad Dog put in some great driving in his new boat which I imagine we will see at the pointy end of the field in the not too distant future and Pricey what can I say immaculately presented and fast boat & fantastic clean racing as usual.
The main event for the day was the Graham Hull Invitational with a field of only five boats, three displacements & two tunnels, first place went to John Robbo in his F1, second place Des Leeder and third Les Smith in their displacements.
As we roll into December WASBC drivers are looking forward to returning to Lake Towerrining 4th December for our next meeting and a weekend of camping, socializing and fast on water action.
The WASBC welcomes Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia [HCMA] as our major sponsor for this action packed event and wishes to thank Hitachi with our corporate sponsors for their generous support.
THE WEST VERSUS THE REST, SWAN RIVER, PERTH WA
ONE BIG WEEKEND OF RACING 7 & 8th APRIL 2012
Yes Easter Weekend! Pack your bags, bring your family and enjoy the hospitality of the West.
Weekend Races include:
- Stannard Cup
- Perth Gold Cup
- King of the River
Realistic tow money, billeting and boat storage is on offer to assist drivers and crew with their decision to challenge the teams from the West.
Limited packages are available, so confirm your attendance early.
For further information contact Vice Commodore Larry Cowlin: Thewindscreenman72@bigpond.com or 0424 208 300