Caughey to Shine Under the Stars at Shelter View
The New Zealand Jet Sprint Championship heads to Shelter View at Wanganui on Saturday the 9th of April for the second last round of the 2016 season.
At this late stage in the season, ENZED’s Peter Caughey is in an enviable second place on the leader board with 109 points, trailing Glen Head at the top by only two points. Peter, who is closely followed by Leighton Minnell and Richard Murray, both seven points adrift, is confident about the weekend.
“We’ve had time to wheel out a couple of secret developments for this weekend’s race. That’s the great thing about SuperBoats, there are really no restrictions on what teams can do with their engines and jet units,” said Caughey.
One of the many wonderful aspects of SuberBoat racing, apart from the sheer excitement that comes with this awesome sport is the sportsmanship amongst the top competitors. This was exemplified recently when Peter came to the rescue when Glen Head had to complete an engine rebuild after Hastings.
“We sent him a few parts to get going. It sounds as if the rebuild has gone well and he was out testing his boat last night,” Caughey said modestly.
“From what I hear one of the Nissan twin-turbos may have snapped a crank as well. That would be bad news for Graham Hill, as he was making serious progress with his Sprintec boat. Let’s hope he’s ready to launch this weekend,” he added.
Driver safety is of paramount importance as always and after the thrills and spills at the last event at Shelter View, changes have been made to the layout to avoid any repeats.
“The Shelter View team has made a few changes and redesigned the finish line and the exit from the track, as we don’t want any more hair-raising life-threatening races! The finish sequence is much better, and the way it’s laid out will allow a couple of electronic split times, which is beneficial for the drivers, and adds interest for spectators too,” Peter explained.
Adding to the excitement will be the fact that the event will be taking place at night.
“Night racing presents challenges in addition to the high g-force cut and thrust of racing 1000hp boats weighing only 500kg. So to help the navigators and drivers see the all-important island shapes and racing lines the promoters have fitted new LED floodlights, and they’ve repainted all the edging tyres, which should help us. We’ll race the infamous Wanganui hairpin under lights. We’ve raced it plenty during daylight but we’ve never raced it at night – let’s hope the new lights help with that.”