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The Race that was.

Info Jetsprint WA - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The event got off to a bit of a shaky start due to the pump that fills the track overnight breaking down.  The guys turned up to set the track up mid-morning only to be confronted by a track where the water level was approximately 30 cm too low which meant that if they couldn’t organise the water to fill the  track quickly the event would have to be cancelled.  A mayday went out to a number of members who lived in the area asking for a hand to set up the old trailer mounted pump so they could pump from the Ski Lakes to the track.  We thank Bonny Water Ski Park for allowing us to do that, it saved our event.  Unfortunately due to having to pump the water across from the Ski Lakes the start of the event was delayed by an hour.  The reason the track needed filling is because between events the water level drops a little leaving the banks of the track exposed, or in our case tyres exposed. What this means is if the water level was left low a boat if out of control could hit the tyres sideways resulting in the boat flipping/rolling several times, or likewise if a boat was to hit the tyre bank straight on at speed the bank would act as a very effective launching pad with the result being that we could see a boat travel some forty to fifty meters through the air ending up in amongst the spectators, unlikely due to the distance from the edge of the track to the outside tyre barrier, but never the less a risk not worth taking.  For those of you who are regular spectators at the extreme sport of Jet Sprinting I’m sure you have all been well and truly surprised at how far a boat can travel once it is out of control and has left the water, so you can imagine how much further it would go if it was launched into the air after hitting a high bank.   Another reason it is important to have the water level at the same height as the bank is because as a boat runs through the track at speed it sets up a wake, or a wave.  With a low water level this wake hits the shear banks and bounces back into the track which means as the boat is going around the track there is more and more wake being set up with the end result being that the track becomes excessively rough and the boats run the risk of bouncing of a wake at high speed and becoming air born resulting in a big accident.  Yet another problem with a low water level is the hidden shallow spots.  If you have been to the Sprint Boat races before you will know that the water is really shallow, in some areas as shallow as knee height, that’s after who’s ever knees you are measuring the level off have sunk into the mud to their ankles.  Lower the water level by 30 cm and the boats will in places be skimming across literally a couple of centimetres of water and mud with the very real possibility being that the boat loses control and has a really bad accident.  These are all good reasons why prior to an event the track must be filled to a level where the water is lapping over the top of the tyres that boarder the track.   

One positive that came out of the track being low was that while the track was filling the crash crew, or the Mud Rats were in the water re positioning some tyres at various parts of the track when would you believe it one of them stepped on the lost “Triple XXX” Grill thus getting themselves the promised $100 dollars from Rod Woods the owner of the boat! J

A race Grill is not only worth a fair amount of money to buy, maybe as much as $2000 dollars for a race prepared fully tricked one, but they are also a lot of work getting a new one set up in the boat so Rod was very happy in deed to pay the $100 dollars to the Mud Rat who found the Race Grill lost during the previous event.  It was a turn of luck for Rod and the “Triple XXX” team as also at the previous event after losing the race Grill they found and fitted a standard Grill thus getting the boat back into the water just prior to the finals only to crash in the spin out pool and seriously damage the boat which saw them out of the event permantly, so to find the lost Race Grill was the first positive they have had for a week or so. J  To see them manage to make it to this event in its self was pretty amazing because in the two weeks between events to repair the boat they had to remove everything out of the hull and then do a lot of bending, panel beating and aluminium welding to get it all back together for the this event.

To those of you who were there for our normal start time of three thirty we thank you for your patience and understanding while you sat on the bank waiting for us to fill the track so we could start racing.  J

Unfortunately there were a number of boats missing due to owners having work commitments, or due to a number of engine blow ups or crashes at previous events where the teams involved are waiting on parts, panel beating, or engine machining.  Why wasn’t I racing?  We just didn’t have the time due to work commitments to get the “CrazyAz 07” boat checked over so a decision was made to sit the event out rather than run the risk of blowing a motor.  A motor not checked since the last event is a recipe for disaster if you were to race it again in my opinion and just not worth the risk.  Why not risk it you may ask?  A motor in a “Group A” boat, for example, can be worth over $70,000 dollars to replace, not to mention the likely hood of missing two to three events while getting all the parts from all over Australia and America, then machining everything and putting it all together. 

The track raced this event was a very busy track with a lot of tight corners and lots of weaving through channels which was going to see the skills of the drivers well and truly tested.  There were also for good measure a couple of high speed areas, one of which was a flat out section all the way down the back straight and around the top island where the boats would be reaching speeds of up to 130 to 140 K’s per hour. 

It was one of the strangest nights of racing I have seen with boat numbers down on the normal full field of boats we see racing.  There were three “Group A” boats, three “EFI boats” and three Restricted boats racing.  When I say it was the strangest night of racing I have seen I am referring to the fact that the “EFI boats” were actually getting around the track faster than the “Group A” boats with at one stage the three “EFI boats” having registered times quicker than the fastest “Group A” boat which is amazing when you think about the massive power difference and all the technology you find in a “Group A” boat.

The Restricted Boats right from the very first run were close. Even though Dennis Morris with Kylie Morris navigating in boat 88 “Hammer” were not headed all night, they had to work very hard to keep the split seconds that were separating the three boats in their favour.  Matt Neilson with Steve navigating in boat 31 “Warlock” kept the pressure on all event until the last run off in the finals when would you believe instead of registering a time they registered a DNF which meant they parked it on the bank which was really bad luck as they were definitely on the pace.  Paul Mileham with Al Pash navigating in boat 28 “Trauma” were picking up time every time they went out and had everyone watching in the final run off because if they did the perfect run they had the ability to snatch the event away from Dennis and Kylie right at the end.  It was not to be though as they went out and went the wrong way.  It’s amazing what a bit of pressure does, mistakes start to happen and for “Trauma” and “Warlock” this is exactly what happened which saw Dennis and Kylie in “Hammer” easy winners in the end.

The EFI class as I wrote above were on fire!   I don’t think I have ever seen Simon Cain with Rachael Uren navigating in boat 6 “Quality Time” drive like they drove this night.  Simon was aggressive but above all else he was smooth.  Likewise Gavin McLees with Nathan Passmore navigating in boat 10 “WillyTipit”, these guys were driving their backsides of as well with some very fast passes during qualifying.  I don’t know what it was about this track direction but it really suited the EFI boats.  Joe Wilson and Bianca Capelinha in boat 24 “Razorback” as always were just that second behind the other two and you just knew that at any moment he would pull a fast lap just to let the others know he was there and he was on the pace.  All three competitors were within a second of each other as they went into the finals.  “WillyTipit” in the last qualifier came back from their run filling up with water which they had no idea was happening while they were at speed.  They soon realised as they span out in the spin out pool and dropped back to an idle though as the boat began to sink very fast. The only thing they could do was beach it as quickly as possible before it sank to the bottom drowning all the electrics and the motor.  They gunned the boat onto the bank at the start of pit lane which gave those that were not watching what was happening a bit of a fright J  When they had got their trailer and hauled the boat up onto it which was no mean feat as it must have had a ton of water in it, it took them some minutes to find the source of the leak which turned out to be some bolts missing that hold the grill and the jet unit into the bottom of the boat. So what was happening was the water while the boat was at speed was barly coming into the boat because of the speed of the boat hull across the water, but once the boat slowed in the spin out pool however the water flowed in through the holes easily and began to flood the boat.  The “Willytipit” team were running everywhere looking for bolts that would match up with the thread in the jet unit but eventually after finding suitable bolts they discovered the threads were stripped in the Jet Unit which meant there was nothing to screw into which saw them unable to continue.  Really rotten luck you guys as you were running faster times than the “Group A” boats and you and Simon in “Quality Time” were running neck and neck. The rotten luck wasn’t over yet as in the final run off between Joe and Bianca in “Razor Back” and Simon and Rachael in “Quality Time”, Simon succumbed to the pressure of the event and lost control briefly skipping out of the water and across the end of an island which lost them a fraction of time but unfortunately the “Out” caused the motor to go off a little which cost him and Rachael more time over the lap which saw them come in four second behind “Razorback” who took out the event.  Bad luck Simon and Rachael, ya gotta learn to handle the pressure better! J

Lisa Cotteral made a return to Jet Sprinting in boat 199 “Twisted” which we were all excited about.  Lisa for those of you who don’t remember raced for a couple of seasons in the Junior class which saw her driving a Jet Sprint boat around the track prior to even getting a licence to drive a car.  After a season off it was great to see her back and stepping up to the EFI class which is a lot quicker and more powerful than the Junior class.  Her dad told her to go really slowly on the first run out so she could get used to the extra power and speed of the EFI boat, plus get the track direction in her head and also let her navigator Paul Williams who had never been in a Jet Sprint boat before settle in.  I interviewed her in the pits after her first run in the EFI boat where she said she loved the extra power and speed and couldn’t wait to get out there for the second pass.  I asked her if she would go a bit quicker or a lot quicker, to which her response was I did what my dad asked on the first lap so now it is flat out!  She was grinning from ear to ear when she said this. J  She was true to her word actually shaving fifty seconds of her time from the first lap she did till the last lap she did which unfortunately was only three laps later as the boat started to have motor problems which in the end saw them parked up on the bank as spectators.  Well done Lisa and we look forward to you getting the chance to show us how competitive you can be this coming event.

“Group A” was a night of Drama!  It saw Rod Wood and Sharon Power in boat 23 “Triple XXX” putting what was a badly damaged boat in the water for the first time after it had been repaired. This meant their team were working very hard to get the boat back in balance and trim, not an easy task to get done in one event and I think their times showed this as they were running in the same time space as the EFI boats.  Nigel Johnson and Andrew Hughes in boat 55 “Weapons of Choice” did a couple of passes early on that put them well and truly on the pace for running a good time later in the event but alas the gremlins struck.  Firstly they had trouble with the exhaust mufflers which very quickly saw them having to take the mufflers right off the exhaust system and the exhausts being straight out and very loud.  Unfortunately the gremlins were not finished yet as each pass they went out and did saw the boat getting fractionally slower.  Their team were literally crawling all over the boat trying to figure out what the problem was.  Eventually it was found to be an electrical problem which speaking from experience is the worst problem to have as you can never quiet put your figure on it and fix it on the night.  The only “Group A” boat that was enjoying some consistently good quick passes earlier on was Adam Mileham with Tom navigating in boat 11 “Short Circuit”.  Unfortunately the gremlins got to them also as the event wore on with them experiencing a niggling problem in the motor which saw them slow down fractionally as well.  With Rod and Sharron in “Triple XXX” improving every pass as they sorted the handling of the newly repaired “Triple XXX” and Nigel and Andrew slowing fractionally in “Weapons of Choice” as well as Adam and Tom slowing in “Short Circuit”, strangely it became terribly exciting as the boats were only split seconds apart with two slowing and one getting quicker.  As the event wore on everyone realised that the improving Rod and Sharron in “Triple XXX” were on target to win their very first “Group A” event, but only if Nigel and Andrew as well as Adam and Tom couldn’t hold on!   Unfortunately Nigel and Andrew couldn’t hold on with “Weapon of Choice” slowing up even more in the last couple of passes.   Adam and Tom in “short Circuit” threw everything they had at the last pass but unfortunately they just didn’t get that last tiny 0.4 of a second, so it was a first time win in “Group A” for Rod and Sharon in “Triple XXX”, with Adam and Tom in “Short Circuit” a close second and Nigel and Andrew in “Weapon of Choice” third.

I would like to say that it was a great nights racing by all competitors! J

The Roving Mic J

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