Titles up for grabs in final round at Wanaka

Wanaka will host the final round of the New Zealand jetsprint championships at the Oxbow Aqua track tomorrow.

The six-round series started on December 27 at Wanganui and has travelled around the North Island before its only South Island event tomorrow.

It is the second year the event has been held at Lloyd Ferguson's property, with organisers expecting an even bigger crowd than the one that lined the banks during the first event last year.

Racing across the Superboat, Group A and 400 class categories has been close throughout the series.

Brent Scammell, a local organiser and Superboat competitor, said all three categories were up for grabs.

Christchurch racer Peter Caughey has a slim lead in the Superboat class, with Hastings driver Graham Hill and top Australian competitor Phonsy Mullan all competing to be series winner.

"Normally by the end of a six-round series there's a clear cut team that's going to win, but this year there's nobody in any of the classes that's been dominant."

Five Australian drivers have been making regular trips across the Tasman to compete in the New Zealand series as part of their buildup for the world series being contested in Missouri and Oregon in August.

Nine New Zealand boats will travel to the United States for the world series.

The jetsprint event is being staged tomorrow to avoid a clash with the Warbirds over Wanaka event.

Qualifying will run from 2.30pm to 4pm, with racing under lights until 10pm.

The Southland Times