Shane Vella triumphant at Toukley

Winner Shane Vella and crew (Lindenvel F1 Superboat team) - F1 Superboat Round 2 Toukley
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Sensational weather greeted Toukley on day 2; blue skies and blue water, glass smooth and ideal for racing.

The day commenced with qualifying after a practice session; Shane Vella in his yellow 61# Lindenvel backed machine started the race for pole with a 35.06, Craig Truslove piloting the #11 XLR8 Home Loans beast came out second (after the team spent overnight building 2 engines with no reserves left!) and finished with a time of 39.15. Dean Trickey’s run in the blue #7 Watersports Marine looked slow but surprised with a 38.13.

Sister boat #5 with Anthony McEnally came in hard with a 36.20, with Damien McKenzie’s McKenzie Racing #15 producing a super smooth run and a super time of 35.06; smiles aplenty no doubt in the McKenzie camp.

Former champ Rhys Coles in the standout looking Byron Bay Premium Ale #14 charged out and laid down a sizzling 34.40. Bob Trask in the #18 TDC smashed out a ripper qualifying time of an incredible 33.86, with final runner Jon Tsaccounis, also piloting an XLR8 boat (number 12) sliding in a 37.08.

Race 1 for the F1 Superboats got away to a tightly contested start, with two or three craft mere inches apart off the start line. Hitting the first buoy just ahead was Shane Vella, with Bob Trask and Damien McKenzie flying into third. The rebuilt engines of the XLR8 Home Loans entries tried hard; Truslove momentarily withdrew but did rejoin after losing a lap. The Byron Bay Premium Ale craft of Rhys Coles seemed to lose power on lap 6, however it turned out to be power steering problems and ultimately was lapped by Lindenvel’s Vella and Trask in the TDC entry.

Dean Trickey’s day failed to raise a smile off the start with a stuck starter motor causing the Victorian grief, disappointing after the qualifying session showed such promise.

More grief was yet to come with Damien Mckenzie rolling his boat on the penultimate lap at turn 1. Eerily reminiscent of Todd Boaer’s spin on day 1, Mckenzie was extracted and hauled off to the medics with a subsequent thumbs up but the boat was sufficiently damaged to not take part later on. Jon Tsaccounis did what he could with a new engine but failed to make a serious impact, understandable under the circumstances.

With a red flagged race declared due to the McKenzie Racing rollover, it was Shane Vella taking the win, Trask home in second and McKenzie got third.

Race 2 started and finished inside one lap as two craft stopped in the water. McEnnally’s Watersports Marine wasn’t alive right on the racing line, Trask lost a prop (a blade on the $2000 piece had snapped) and Truslove’s #11 XLR8 boat wasn’t accelerating, having some problems. As it was under one lap a restart was in order with the same grid positions. The number 7 badged Dean Trickey managed to resolve his issues in race one, with a sticking starter freed up and he did get away cleanly in the aborted start. Drama aplenty in the restart, with Truslove unable to get his engine issues sorted in time to play.

Anthony McEnnally in his blue #7 Watersports Marine - F1 Superboat Round 2 Toukley
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McEnnally’s #5, too, didn’t rejoin the race, but no one would have predicted what would have happened at the end.

Race re- start saw a sensational duel between TDC pilot Trask and Vella in the yellow race 1 winner, with firstly Trask showing rocketship speed to lead considerably. Vella’s period in second place lasted under a lap as he lit the afterburners and regained first. Jon Tsaccounis failed to start off the line, waited for clean water then eased a seeming stricken craft off. The Byron Bay entry of Coles was comfy in third before shutting down after losing power, noticeably slowing in the laps before he called it quits. A plug lead was later found to be the culprit. An enthralling battle ensued between Trask and Vella, Trask closing under brakes at the corners whilst Vella in the yellow 61 machine accelerated down the straights. Disaster for Trask, stopping on the second last lap, leaving Vella to take two from two, a clearly delighted Trickey thanked the lord for second and 'slow and steady wins third position' Tsaccounis handed an unexpected bonus.

Jon Tsaccounis #12 (XLR8 Home loans) - F1 Superboat Round 2 Toukley
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Race 3, round two started badly for Anthony McEnnally in his blue Watersports Marine craft with starter motor issues striking his boat on the line, apparently a direct copy of Trickey’s problem earlier in the day. With the inclusion of F2000 competitor Grant Trask, the stage was set for the race to be a ripper between the two classes and it didn’t disappoint.

War on the water ensued with Vella and Bob Trask dueling for the win. Rhys Coles made a return with his outing in race two traced to a plug lead.

However, the waterborne racing gods weren’t with Trask, with gremlins ending his weekend; Bob sitting on his canopy watching proceedings unfold, with work to do before he heads overseas.

After 15 laps, smiling Shane Vella emerged triumphant and skewered the ghosts of Geelong’s starting issues. Coles snared second and a fuel deficient Truslove floated over the line for third, showing some good speed closing in on on Rhys then running out of gogas on the last lap!

Dean Trickey made fourth his and Jon Tsaccounis in his XLR8 entry came home for a weary fifth position.

Amazingly, Jon had fire in the engine and rolled over the line after using the starter to kick over the prop every few seconds, providing enough momentum to get him over the line

A sensational weekend for Shane Vella and the Lindenvel F1 Superboat team taking the win for the round with Jon Tsaccounis #12 (XLR8 Home loans) second and Rhys Coles #14(Byron Bay Premium Ale) third, some work required for others before Newcastle and a huge thanks to the all the sponsors for allowing us to present 'the fastest show on water!'.

25th May 2008 Toukley LAKE BUDGEWOI, NSW Toukley Race Results 08 XLR8 HOME LOANS AUSTRALIAN FORMULA 1 SUPERBOAT SERIES
Boat No.DriverTeam/SponsorQualifying Time/sec.Race 1Race 2Race 3Round PointsSeries Points
61Shane VellaThe Lindenvel Group35.06111104198
12Jon TsaccounisXLR8 Home Loans37.0833576120
14Rhys ColesByron Bay Premium Ale34.405DNF257156
7Dean TrickeyWater Sports Marine38.13DNS2455123
11Craig TrusloveXLR8 Home Loans39.156DNS348118
19Bob TraskTrask Development Corporation33.802DNFDNF3737
5Anthony McEnnallyWater Sports Marine36.204DNSDNS30100
15Damien McKenzieMcKenzie Constructions35.06DNFDNSDNS686
8Todd BoaerJet Worx MarineDNQDNSDNSDNSDNS44
AUSTRALIAN FORMULA 2000 SUPERBOAT SERIES
Boat No.DriverTeam/SponsorQualifying Time/sec.Race 1Race 2Race 3Round PointsSeries Points
17Grant TraskTrask Development Corporation38.90111104208
24Michael PageCullens Carpet One & Blinds40.8122289178
13Tim SmithSettlers Home Loans54.0433370150
16Adam FairbairnArmor Australia41.854445252


Round 3 of the F1 Superboats charges on into Newcastle for June 14 and 15.

Rhys Coles #14 Byron Bay Premium Ale - F1 Superboat Round 2 Toukley
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