The Suzuki New Zealand SuperBoat series at Meremere got underway in spectacular fashion on the 12th of December for ENZED sponsored and World SuperBoat champion Peter Caughey and his navigator, Shama Putaranui.
The event started brilliantly for Caughey and Putaranui after setting the fastest time of the day in qualifying with an unbeatable 44.28 second screamer of a lap.
During the first elimination sprint however, their fortunes changed for the worse when his high-performance monster clipped the tyres, got airborne, hit the water only to get airborne again but this time rolling twice before making a hard landing.
The battered and bruised pair were able to make a lucky escape, however this wasn’t the case for their boat.
“We got fantastic service from the crash rescue crew and St John,” said Caughey. “It’s the first time in 26 years that I’ve had a roll, and we did it in spectacular style but the safety gear held up, the seats are great, we walked away from it.”
“When you’re driving at ten tenths it only takes a minor mistake to have major consequences.”
“We’re not out of the game, there’s still a lot of racing to go from now to the final round.”
“There are many contenders with potential to win individual events and mix up the points tally. We’ll push on with the championship, get every point we can and see what happens at the end of it.”
With Caughey out, the show went on in front of the huge crowd at Meremere. The top step of the podium eventually went to Glen Head, while second and third went to Leighton Minnell and Rob Coley respectively
Let’s hope the team can make a spectacular comeback at round two on the 27th
of December at Wanganui.