Sleepyhead wins Auckland Offshore Race

Sleepyhead on her way to winning
Although they had the 2008 New Zealand Offshore Power Boat Championship in the bag after winning the penultimate round sponsored series in Napier of the Cougar Marine/Inex Metals, Peter Turner and Craig Archer driving Sleepyhead again stamped their dominance on the Superboat Class with an emphatic win at Auckland.

Right from the start there was an early challenge from Wayne Carson and Tony Coleman in Cure Kids, Fairview Windows and Doors, Scott Lewis and Chris Hanley, and Profloors driven by Wayne Valder and Ross Christensen, midday through the 100 mile event they had a comfortable lead which they never relinquished. Cure Kids held on for a well deserved second place from Fairview Windows and Doors who had earlier been the front runner for a number of the early laps, but dropped back to take a final third place.

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The Superboat Light class ended up being a two boat race with Grant Smith and Dave Aldridge driving addictive and Kelly Smith/Travis Thompson in Rayglass. The had a transom to bow race for the entire 15 laps and it wasn’t until the final lap that Rayglass managed to pull ahead and take the win. This also gave them the overall Superboat Light championship for 2008.

In 60 mile race noone had an answer for Mark Diggleman and Craig Parson in Finance Point, who lead from the first lap and never looked like being beaten. Mike Cameron once again showed his domination of Classic Class with another win in MarineWorkz.

However the race of the day was in the Formula Honda class with the 2008 championship riding on the last race. Michael Knight driving Building Solutions and Mike Smith driving Cougar Marine had to beat each other to win. While Michael and Debbie Urquhart took the class win, it was the battle for second place that was of special interest.

Building Solutions took the early advantage and looked like holding out Cougar marine, until a spin-out halfway through the race, saw his chance of the championship go in a flash. Cougar Marine shot past and Building Solutions was never able to make up the distance. Mike Smith and Matt Hopkins not only won the championship with their second overall class finish but also a trip for two to the UK to compete in a Formula Honda race.

  2008 Cougar Marine and Inex Metals Drivers Championship Official Race Results   Auckland – 10 May 2008   100-Mile – Overall placings
PlaceBoat NameDriver NameCo Driver NameFrom
1SleepyheadPeter TurnerCraig ArcherAuckland
2Cure KidsTony ColemanWayne CarsonAuckland
3Fairview WindowsScott LewisChris HanleyAuckland
4ProFloorsWayne ValderRoss ChristensenAuckland
5RayglassKelly SmithTravis ThompsonWellington
6AddictiveDave AldridgeGrant SmithWellington
7DoosanSam FillmoreCary GleesonAuckland
8Family BoatBob SmithMark TaitiniAuckland
 Superboat Class
PlaceBoat NameDriver NameCo Driver NameFrom
1SleepyheadPeter TurnerCraig ArcherAuckland
2Cure KidsTony ColemanWayne CarsonAuckland
3Fairview WindowsScott LewisChris HanleyAuckland
4ProFloorsWayne ValderRoss ChristensenAuckland
 Superboat Light
PlaceBoat NameDriver NameCo Driver NameFrom
1RayglassKelly SmithTravis ThompsonWellington
2AddictiveDave AldridgeGrant SmithWellington
3DoosanSam FillmoreCary GleesonAuckland
4Family BoatBob SmithMark TaitiniAuckland
 60-Mile – Overall Placings (Sports Boats)
PlaceBoat NameDriver NameCo Driver NameFrom
1Finance PointMark DigglemanCraig ParsonsNapier
2Marine WorkzMike CameronAndrew HilliarAuckland
3Top Line BuildersTony BeethamJonathan HackAuckland
4Exception to the RulesJeff WeakeJon HewsonHamilton
5Konica MinoltaGreg BrinkEldon ArcherAuckland
6Stealth PowerboatsTim FellowsMark CoburnOtaki
7ScarabTony CarsonMax CarsonNapier
8Family Boat YMFSteve LockhartShane MitchellAuckland
9EliminatorJohn PurchaseLee MasonAuckland
10OutlawDerek WaldenTracy WaldonAuckland
11CykoticMike GerbicHaydn MeansAuckland
DISMidnight ExpressTony MarshIan MacDonaldAuckland
DIS007Peter EscherIgor EfremerAuckland
DNFSpirit of CheyenneChris NeyleDan BridgeAuckland
DNFDiligafLance DawsonPaul PorkyAuckland
DNSProFloors ConcreteBrett FlexmanSarina FlexmanAuckland
 Super 60 (over 225hp)
PlaceBoat NameDriver NameCo Driver NameFrom 
1Finance PointMark DigglemanCraig ParsonsNapier
2Top Line BuildersTony BeethamJonathan HackAuckland
3CykoticMike GerbicHaydn MeansAuckland
   Sports 60
PlaceBoat NameDriver NameCo Driver NameFrom
1Konica MinoltaGreg BrinkEldon ArcherAuckland
2Stealth PowerboatsTim FellowsMark CoburnOtaki
DNSProFloors ConcreteBrett FlexmanSarina FlexmanAuckland
 Sports 60 Restricted
PlaceBoat NameDriver NameCo Driver NameFrom
1Family Boat YMFSteve LockhartShane MitchellAuckland
2EliminatorJohn PurchaseLee MasonAuckland
  Sports Classic Class
PlaceBoat NameDriver NameCo Driver NameFrom
1Marine WorkzMike CameronAndrew HilliarAuckland
2Exception to the RulesJeff WeakeJon HewsonHamilton
3ScarabTony CarsonMax CarsonNapier
4OutlawDerek WaldenTracy WaldonAuckland
DISMidnight ExpressTony MarshIan MacDonaldAuckland
DIS007Peter EscherIgor EfremerAuckland
DNFSpirit of CheyenneChris NeyleDan BridgeAuckland
DNFDiligafLance DawsonPaul PorkyAuckland
 Formula Honda Class
PlaceBoat NameDriver Name98 cvwCo Driver NameFrom 
1Light IndustryMike UrquhartDebbie UrquhartNapier
2Cougar MarineMichael SmithMatt HopkinsWellington
3Building SolutionsMike KnightShannon ThickpennyAuckland
4Honda MarineCarl ThompsonRob GlenAuckland
5Miss ElectroparMark HelmsBryce HelmsAuckland
6Back to Bay6Glen PowellChris PowellHamilton
8Team Altitude (Team ‘4 Sale’)Tony ToddCooneyRaglin
9Morrell MotorsMark MorrellLogan MorrellTaupo
10The GamblerSimon GuardJohn LinkhornPalm North
DNFAuckland District CollectionsSimon FreemanSean BryantAuckland
DNFCRD AutomotiveColin DunnZane DunnLaingholm


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