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WELLINGTON POWER BOAT CLUB INC
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON
SATURDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2005 AT 5.00PM
THE CLUBROOMS FOLLOWED BY OUR ANNUAL PRESENTATION OF CUPS &
Malcolm Jamieson debuted his new 2005 KRB Formula 1 tunnel boat
at Surfers Paradise this weekend for the penultimate round of
the FPS Australian F1 Superboat Series.
Malcolm qualified the new KRB boat in second place, a mere 7/10ths
of a second behind Dave Trask in his SeaQuest GTR F1.
In Heat 1, Jamieson got off the dock well and led the field
into the first turn, but was passed by Trask at the exit of
that first pin, from there it was a race long battle, as Malcolm
chased hard but to no avail. A great result in her first race
"KRB Racing" finished in second place only 100 or
so metres behind Trask, and finishing third was Craig Bailey.
Heat 2 was another race long battle between Jamieson and David
Trask with Malcolm setting the fastest lap time of the weekend
in this heat but again was unable to get past Trask. Again Bailey
finished in third position.
Heat 3, Jamieson wasn't as quick off the dock and had to battle
his way up to 3rd place behind the race leader David Trask and
second placed Craig Bailey.
Jamieson attempted to pass Bailey for second place in the late
stages of the race and put his nose down the inside, but unfortunately
submarined the KRB boat causing the rear cowl to blow off and
the engine took a drink from the ensuing spray. This was the
end of the race for Malcolm as the wet engine wouldn't fire
and the race was then also red flagged for safety reasons. So
Malcolm (we think) recorded a DNF for the 3rd heat.
I believe the final standings for the day were David Trask 1st,
Craig Bailey 2nd and at this stage unable to find out who was
3rd overall for the day. This means David Trask now has an unassailable
lead in the FPS Australian F1 Superboat Series as they go to
the final round.
Well done on a great first outing to Malcolm Jamieson and his
"KRB Racing" Formula 1 tunnel boat team. Congratulations
to you, it look's like this new boat will be one to watch when
it returns here for our summer. Good luck also to you for the
final round of the Aussie series at Penrith on October 9th.
PO Box 51-251
Ph/Fax 09 2749866
Mobile 0272 503504
Annual General Meeting
This is formal notice of the 21st Annual General Meeting of
the New Zealand Grand Prix Hydroplane Drivers Club.
The venue is Sun court Motor Hotel Taupo
27th August 2005 at 1pm.
Please forward to the secretary any Nominations and General
Business items to the secretary.
If you wish to stay at the Sun court Motor Hotel please contact
them directly Ph 0800 786 268
And mention that you are their as part of the Boat racing meetings.
Other Drivers Clubs are also holding their AGMís at the same
Grand National 11 am
Modified Hydroplanes 12 midday
Series 3000 2.30pm
There will be a get together in the bar after the meetings
UPDATE - WRONG DATE POSTED,
Formula 1 Drivers Club AGM
Saturday 27th August 2005
Wellington Power Boat Club, Porirua
For details contact Peter Edmond 021-527-811
This is formal notice of the
14th AGM of the New Zealand Modified Hydroplane Drivers AGM.
The venue is the same as last year namely
The Suncourt Motor Lodge in Taupo.
The date is the 27th August 2005
The time is noon.
Please inform all interest parties of the meeting as this
year we have hopefully the world championship to discuss on
the general business.
Sorry in the lateness of advising you all but was hoping a newsletter
was going to be produced.
Power Boat Club
Hi New Zealand
we are still in existence and growing, with several new boats
onboard for the new season.
the 1st August our AGM was held and the following
Captain Alistair Gorrie
weekend was the Southland Boat Show and the Southland Power
boat Club was there selling memberships and raffles . About
9000 people attended the show and it was a great fundraiser
and promotion. A lot of interest in Mikeís new boat as well
as Darylís little J Class boat with lots of kids going home
to talk to mum & dad.
Cup on TV3
Coverage of the 2005 EC Griffiths Cup held at Yarrawonga, Australia
in May will be shown on TV3's Sports Arena show this coming
Sunday afternoon. The same show will also appear on both
Sky Sport 1 & 2, dates still to be advised and we will let
you know as soon as we do.
F1 Team To Aussie
3 July 2005
Racing are set to race in the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise,
Australia, on 20 and 21st August 2005 for the 6th round of the
Australian F1 Superboat Series with Malcolm Jamieson piloting
the new 2005 KRB Formula 1 tunnel boat.
will also participate in the last round of the series in Penrith
on 8th and 9th October 2005, with the boat and team returning
home to New Zealand shortly after to gear up for the New Zealand
There are reports of 15 Australian boats running on a 30 second
course with one right-hand turn, so it will be very fast and
competitive and also a great testing ground for the latest KRB
hull and engines.
boat has been seen in and around the Picton harbour the last
two weekends as the team have been testing and making final
adjustments to the boat and engines, and they are very confident
that they have a package that will be capable of running with
the very best on the Australian circuit.
Keep an eye out here on nzpba.com and the KRB website (via our
local links page) for news of Malcolm's assault on the Aussie
F1 series. Good luck to Malcolm and his team.
of GP Hydroplane World Champs, Taree, NSW, Australia.
Round 2, June 25-26
The second weekend of the GP World Champs were a disaster for
the three kiwi boats.
David Alexander's "Annihilator 2" had successfully
been repaired by the team with help from boat builder Tom Heffernan
during the week off and repairs were made to the teams engines
by engine whizz Grant Rivers. Testing of all three boats, the
primary and back up engines saw the team confident and relaxed
after Saturday's test sessions were completed and the team settled
into a local tavern to watch the live coverage on the big screen
of the All Blacks and the touring British Lions. A great result
for the All Blacks with a 21-3 final score, and the NZ GP Hydro
team were confidant that they would get a similar result for
NZ in the hydroplane championships over the Aussies come race
day. But as so often happens in power boat racing, even the
best laid plans can come undone!
Ricky Howard's "HyperActive" failed to return after
his damage causing spin in testing in the first round and Bobby
Fisher again failed to get "Wasp" finished in time.
Matt Ferris' "Tattoo" KT Tunnel was ruled ineligible
to compete by the UIM as it did not fully fit the definition
of a hydroplane so he to was also a no show. This left the field
at six boats as it had in the first weekend.
A great race to get the GP class underway for the day, Warwick
Lupton had pole in "Annihilator 1" and took the race
to Paul Burton in "Warlord", leading him all the way
until he exited the second to last turn. "Annihilator 1"
seemed to struggle to pull off the turn as the engine was tying
itself up. Warwick attempted to drive to the finish but the
engine blew as he entered the last turn. "Warlord"
was able to cruise to the finish winning comfortably ahead of
Tom Heffernan in "Dragula".
This race would see the current leader Paul Cunningham in
"GP-55" line up against the other two Annihilator
boats and all three boats went into the first turn together.
Ken got a little loose and lost a bit of ground but David Alexander
in "Annihilator 2" was running right beside "GP-55"
until the next turn when his roostertail dropped and he was
left parked on the exit of turn two. As David exited the cockpit
he noticed smoke and could see flames beneath the engine cowl
so fired the extinguisher system and jumped into the water to
avoid the fire. Thankfully the fire was smothered by the on
board extinguisher, and David who can't swim was in water which
turned out to only be knee deep. "Annihilator 3" chased
hard but lost a blower belt during the last lap and he too would
fail to finish the heat.
So once the race times were collated the final results for Race
1st Paul Cunningham "GP-55" 3mins02.13sec 400points
2nd Paul Burton "Warlord" 3mins06.48sec 300points
3rd Tom Heffernan "Dragula" 3mins17.18sec 225points
DNF "Annihilator 1", "Annihilator 2", "Annihilator
3" No points
A very busy time for the Annihilator crew as the engines in
both "Annihilator 1" and "Annihilator 2"
had too be replaced along with a blower belt on "Annihilator
3" if they were to make it to the start of Heat 5.
"GP-55" was in pole and went into the first turn
first, with "Annihilator 3" right on his hip and overtaking
the points leader as they went down the back straightaway. These
two battled hard for the whole race side by side. It was possibly
the best race of the championship with a finish that had the
officials scratching their heads as they were unable to pick
a winner as they crossed the finish line. So to the video they
went and Ken was awarded the heat win by a mere 1/100 of a second.
"Dragula" came home in third and the appreciative
crowd gave the boats a standing ovation as they returned to
their pit areas.
Again "Annihilator 1" and "Warlord"
were up to do battle but sadly as Warwick left the pit his newly
installed back up engine popped and spluttered and failed to
clear itself, stopping in a cloud of smoke at the top of the
track as the start boat went by without him. "Annihilator
2" ran into the first turn with "Warlord" as
David attempted to increase his points but to no avail as he
too stopped with a blown engine. This left "Warlord"
to circulate on it's own, but he would not take it easy and
cruise home, as he set about setting both the fastest lap of
the championships as well as the fastest heat time.
So once the race times were collated the final results for Race
1st Paul Burton "Warlord" 2mins53.73sec 400points
2nd Ken Lupton "Annihilator 3" 3mins10.46sec 300points
3rd Paul Cunningham "GP-55" 3mins10.47sec 225points
4th Tom Heffernan "Dragula" 3mins25.88sec 169points
DNF "Annihilator 1", "Annihilator 2", No
The final heats were run as two 2 boat heats as the "Annihilator
1" and "Annihilator 2" teams were now out of
engines. The world championship had been won but the race for
second was still up in the air between "Warlord" and
"Dragula" - their respective race times in the final
heat, would decide second place in the 2005 GP World Championship.
"Warlord" and "GP-55" went into the
first turn together before "Warlord" exited the turn
in front and they would stay this way till the finish. "GP-55"
seemed happy to let "Warlord" go as he already owned
the title and saw no need to bust his gear chasing for the race
"Annihilator 3" and "Dragula" went at
it for a couple of laps before "Annihilator 3" pulled
away. "Dragula" was chasing a race time better than
"Warlord" but was unable to go close because as he
came onto the front straight for the chequered flag the boat
pulled violently into the centre of the track with a steering
arm failure. Tom managed to regain control and idle to the finish
line, and apart from the eventual winner was the only other
boat to complete every heat.
So once the race times were collated the final results for Race
1st Paul Burton "Warlord" 2mins55.49sec 400points
2nd Ken Lupton "Annihilator 3" 3mins16.04sec 300points
3rd Paul Cunningham "GP-55" 3mins16.84sec 225points
4th Tom Heffernan "Dragula" 3mins33.02sec 169points
DNS "Annihilator 1", "Annihilator 2", No
Final Results for the 2005 Grand Prix Hydroplane World Championships
1st Paul Cunningham "GP-55" 1819 Points
2nd Paul Burton "Warlord" 1400 Points
3rd Tom Heffernan "Dragula" 1238 Points
4th Ken Lupton "Annihilator 3" 900 Points
5th Warwick Lupton "Annihilator 1" 700 Points
6th David Alexander "Annihilator 2" 169 Points
A huge congratulations to owner
Con Cunningham and his son, driver Paul Cunningham with the
"GP-55" boat for their win and dominance of the 2005
World Grand Prix Hydroplane Championship. With the boat the
family imported from the USA late last year to replace their
previous GP boat "Shamrock", Paul finished every one
of his heats and had a buffer of points that could not be caught
come Heat 6. Great speed on the water and even better reliability
gave this team a well deserved World Title. The boat home in
second was Paul Burton in "Warlord", who failed to
score points in only two heats and overall showed the best speed
at Taree. He set fastest lap and race times at these champs,
and scored two wins and two 2nd's in the 4 races he did finish.
Third home was Tom Heffernan in "Dragula", the only
team to front without a spare engine, who like the winner also
finished all six heats, a fantastic effort for a budget team
that had a plan to be safe and reliable and it got them to the
For the kiwi team it was a disappointing world champs but the
Annihilator boats all showed that they were on the pace. David
had the worst of the luck with boat performance, however both
Warwick and Ken had race wins and both of the Lupton's' beat
the boats further up the table. Ken showed that he has come
of age as a driver and was extremely competitive with the best
in these champs. He can be very proud of his first full season
in the GP ranks. Warwick's boat ran quick and always seemed
to have more up its sleeve. He showed true dedication throughout
the heats - including doing nearly full two laps with no oil
pressure knowing full well the end result on his engine. The
Australians were very complimentary of the whole Annihilator
camp including praising highly the energy and commitment the
kiwi teams put in to promoting the event both in New Zealand
and while in Australia, and commenting on the professional conduct
of the kiwi race teams. Well done to all the Annihilator teams
for a fantastic effort and for being true ambassadors of New
Zealand Powerboating. I know we will all be waiting with baited
breath for the next time this incredible kiwi contingent take
on the Aussies.......!
Results of GP Hydroplane World Champs, Taree, NSW, Australia.
Round 1, June 18-19 2005
Well by all reports an extremely busy weekend for the Kiwi Annihilator
team at Taree in their quest for the World GP Hydroplane championship.
And a busy week ahead to regroup and repair for the finals next
Eight of the nine entries fronted for the qualifying on Saturday,
with Bobby Fisher and "Wasp" failing to show as they
were still trying to get the boat back together. Matt Ferris
failed to have "Miss Tattoo" finished in time so fronted
up with his 2005 E.C.Griffith's cup winning KT tunnel, in the
hope of it being able to run.
Apparently after a lot of discussion, it was decided to allow
Matt to run the KT and have the UIM rule on the boats eligibility
in the next week. Sadly though during qualifying he damaged
his engine and was unable to compete in the weekends racing.
Ricky Howard in "HyperActive" failed to qualify after
breaking a steering cable, which caused the boat to spin, thus
causing damage to the transom, decks and sponson so was also
out for the weekend.
Paul Burton in "Warlord" lay down the gauntlet with
a 40.61 second lap early in qualifying and would not be pushed
off the pole as the rest of the field ran their hot laps. Warwick
Lupton, in "Annihilator 1" slotted into the number
two spot with a 42.03. Paul Cunningham in "GP-55"
was next with a 44.19 second lap making him 3rd. Tom Heffernan
in "Dragula" was close behind in 4th with a 45.43
second lap. Both David in "Annihilator 2" and Ken
Lupton in "Annihilator 3" failed to get times, Ken
broke a blower belt and David abandoned his lap after feeling
a vibration. They would have to start in the last two spots
of the heats on Sunday.
The first races heats were set
up as follows:
The points format is that the boats will run in these heats
and their race times will determine 1st-6th place after the
two heats are run to complete the round. It is this final placing
that will determine their points for the round. So a heat win
would not necessarily mean that you would score the 400 points,
you would still have to be quicker than the boats in the other
heat to get the 400. (I hope this makes sense).
Heat 1A looked to be all "Warlord" as she led all
the way only to stop as she went into the final turn. "Annihilator
2" battled hard with "GP-55" before having to
stop 1 lap short of the finish because of falling oil pressure.
Leaving only 1 finisher in Heat 1a "GP-55".
Heat 1B was led all the way by "Annihilator 1" whilst
"Annihilator 3" and "Dragula" fought over
the 2nd spot, Ken looked to have the upper hand but stopped
in the final lap after snapping a propshaft and loosing it,
and the attached propeller.
So once the race times were collated
the final results for Race 1 were:
1st Paul Cunningham "GP-55" 2mins59.33sec 400points
2nd Warwick Lupton "Annihilator 1" 3mins03.17sec 300points
3rd Tom Heffernan "Dragula" 3mins39.10sec 225points
DNF "Warlord", "Annihilator 2", "Annihilator
3" No points
The boats were now reallocated heats depending on their finishing
position from the first race, in the same manner they were placed
into the first heats with positions 1,3 and 5 going into the
Heat "A" and positions 2,4 and 6 going into Heat "B".
Heat 2A was all "GP-55" who finished nearly 30 seconds
ahead of "Dragula" who came home for a second place
heat finish. Annihilator 3 failed to start as a gearbox repair
was also required following the shaft failure in the first heat.
Heat 2B saw a three lap battle between "Warlord" and
"Annihilator 1" before Warwick stopped with a misfire.
"Annihilator 2" cruised home in 2nd happy to get a
finish and collect some points.
Again the times were checked
and the final places and points for Race 2 allocated as follows:
Paul Cunningham "GP-55" 2mins55.38sec 400points
2nd Paul Burton "Warlord" 2mins55.76sec 300points
3rd Tom Heffernan "Dragula" 3mins24.81sec 225points
4th David Alexander "Annihilator 2" 3mins32.33sec
DNF "Annihilator 1", DNS "Annihilator 3"
The boats were again shuffled into new formats for the final
heat of the weekend. All six would be ready for Heat 3 as "Annihilator
3" would now rejoin the battle.
Heat 3A saw "Annihilator 1" and "GP-55"
go head to head for two laps before "GP-55" spun letting
"Dragula" home in 2nd behind the hard charging Warwick.
Cunningham managed to restart "GP-55" and finish the
race in 3rd.
Heat 3B saw "Warlord" leading "Annihilator 3"
and "Annihilator 2" a lap into the race when "Warlord"
stopped on the straightaway, only to have "Annihilator
2" run into the back of him, causing a spectacular accident.
Alexander's boat was launched up in the air as it crossed the
rear deck of Burton's "Warlord". The race was stopped
with Ken Lupton in "Annihilator 3" being given an
aggregate race time, and therefore awarded the heat 3B win.
After the clocks were checked
the final heat 3 places were:
1st Warwick Lupton "Annihilator 1" 3mins01.23sec 400points
2nd Ken Lupton "Annihilator 3" 3mins12.16sec 300points
3rd Tom Heffernan "Dragula" 3mins19.59sec 225points
4th Paul Cunningham "GP-55" 4mins14.77sec 169points
DNF "Annihilator 2" and "Warlord" No points
So at the end of an eventful
first weekend of the 2005 World GP Hydroplane Championships
the points are as follows:
Paul Cunningham "GP-55" 969points
Warwick Lupton "Annihilator 1" 700points
Tom Heffernan "Dragula" 675points
Ken Lupton "Annihilator 3" 300points
Paul Burton "Warlord" 300points
David Alexander "Annihilator 2" 169points
Hopefully we will have some pics here in the next few days of
the weekends action and a midweek report before the finals weekend.
In the meantime check out the great photos that Phil has up
on the NZGP Drivers club website and check there also for more
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