Fast-paced action thrills at Karapiro

21:47, Feb 03 2013
Power boats at Lake Karapiro
V8 power boat Razor Edge driven by Kent Dunlop gets airborne during a race.
Power boats at Lake Karapiro
The Boss piloted by Raymond Hart during a GP race.
Power boats at Lake Karapiro
Annihilator piloted by Warwick Lupton during a GP race.
Power boats at Lake Karapiro
Annihilator pilot Warwick Lupton waits for a tow during a GP race.
Power boats at Lake Karapiro
The Boss, piloted Raymond Hart (left) and Cheetah piloted by Ken Lupton battle it out during a GP race.
Power boats at Lake Karapiro
Crowds watch a boat being launched.
Power boats at Lake Karapiro
The start of the J-Class race.
Power boats at Lake Karapiro
The Boss, piloted by Raymond Hart, emerges from the spray during a GP race.
Power boats at Lake Karapiro
Boat Razor Edgein action on the water.
Power boats at Lake Karapiro
Pukekohe's Craig Brown demonstrates his Flyboard skills.

Fourteen seconds doesn't seem like a long time to most, but it's the winning of a national title for Christchurch's Raymond Hart.

Hart took out the 88th running of New Zealand's most prestigious - and possibly oldest - motorsport trophy, the Masport Cup at Lake Karapiro yesterday. The cup was part of Acceleration on Water's Festival of Speed Tour which revelled in perfect conditions.

Tour organiser Denise Moughan said 47 boats took part in the event.

HIGH FLYER: V8 power boat Razor Edge driven by Kent Dunlop gets airborne during a race at Lake Karapiro yesterday.
HIGH FLYER: V8 power boat Razor Edge driven by Kent Dunlop gets airborne during a race at Lake Karapiro yesterday.

Some could say Hart had a stroke of beginner's luck after stepping out behind the mechanical side and getting in the driver's seat of legendary driver Peter Knight's boat, The Boss.

Hart came second to Waverley's Ken Lupton in the first heat, while the pair exchanged spots in the second heat.

Mrs Moughan said they had to pick a winner by the fastest time with Hart pinching the title by a mere 14 seconds.

Fly boarding joined the tour for the first time, after Mrs Moughan and her husband, Steve, first spotted the aerial acrobats at the Big Boys Toys show in November last year.

The fly boards operate with a large, thick tube attached to the back of a jet ski which propells the rider up in the air by its force.

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