Fast-paced action thrills at Karapiro

Last updated 05:00 04/02/2013

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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.

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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- Waikato Times

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