One round to go – and four points separate the front-runners A win by a back-marker and a $12 switch threw all predictions out the window at the penultimate round of the Suzuki SuperBoat championship at Whanganui at the weekend. Fourteenth-placed heading into the round, Richard Burt took the chequered flag while series leader Glen Head holed a piston…Read More
Wanganui’s Shelterview jetsprint track is braced for a battle of the giants come Saturday, April 9, when the methanol-snorting SuperBoats come out to play. For the penultimate event of the 2016 championship season sees multiple-world SuperBoat champion Peter Caughey just two points behind Glen Head, relatively new to the class but determined to stay ahead. And with another two class acts –…Read More
Peter Caughey took a hard-earned win at the Hastings round of the Suzuki SuperBoat championships, to haul in current points leader Glen Head. Head had mechanical problems in the top-five final – the motor shut down, and he ran aground, and Graeme Hill met a similar fate, the pair finishing fourth and fifth. With Richard…Read More
It’s tight at the top in the Suzuki SuperBoat championship this year, with Peter Caughey and Leighton Minnell just six points from the leader, and Richard Murray and Rob Coley trailing by the same amount. “At this point in the championship, that means anyone could take the season,” Caughey says, “And the ENZED team is heading to Hastings and the fourth round…Read More
After a nightmare first round of the Suzuki SuperBoat Championship series, Canterbury superboat ace Peter Caughey is back on form – topping the podium for the second time this season, and this time at the most technical track of the year. Points leader Glen Head had thrown down the gauntlet, with the two racers battling…Read More
The Taranaki won’t know what’s hit it this weekend when the SuperBoats hit town. For there’s a new track, named for a new sponsor – Methanex – the supplier of the methanol that fuels these monster motors to insane speeds. Seven-time New Zealand SuperBoat champion Peter Caughey says it’s a fantastic association. “It’s a huge…Read More
Defending World SuperBoat champion Peter Caughey is philosophical about handing the title trophy over to rival Glen Head. After all, at least a Kiwi won – and in a Sprintec boat Caughey built. “From where we started and where we were last night, with engine gremlins with the fuel pump and the boat not really dialled into the track, to where…Read More
Defending world SuperBoat champion Peter Caughey is calling airlines and calling in favours in a bid to get a vital part to New Zealand before the flag drops on the final round of this year’s ENZED UIM World Jetsprint Championship at Baypark. A malfunctioning fuel pump sucked power from his boat at Meremere’s round last…Read More
World SuperBoat champion Peter Caughey will defend his title in New Zealand this year, with round one of the ENZED UIM Jetsprint World Championship at Meremere on January 23 and 24. Ross and Jeremy – his spannermen – are towing the boat on its custom-built Trojan trailer onto the ferry today, world champion navigator Shama Putaranui is polishing the trophy she’ll carry north…Read More
SuperBoat ace Peter Caughey returned with a bang at round two of the Suzuki SuperBoat champs at Whanganui today. With just 10 days to rebuild his boat and body after a spectacular round-one crash, his ability to return to form was by no means certain. The Sprintec hull had needed reshaping, had its driver side cut out and replaced, and a…Read More
Seven times World Champions
1990*, 1992*, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2014
11 times New Zealand Champions
1990*, 1991*, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
* Open B Class
The close knit team, based in North Canterbury, has competed very successfully both in National and International events and is proud to be associated with the following sponsors.
Jetsprinting was first developed in Canterbury, New Zealand during the early 1980’s. From humble beginnings competing on courses excavated in gravel river beds the sport has quickly developed into purpose built stadium type venues. A jetsprint course consists of a series of channels about 5 metres wide with water barely ½ metre deep.
The boats make approx. 30 directional changes taking anything from about 50 seconds to 60 seconds to complete the course and have a two person crew, driver and navigator running individually against the clock. Spectators love the action, they also love the spectacular crashes when boats hit the bank at high speed and get tossed, sometimes spinning in the air before crashing back on the islands built between the channels of the course.
The PCR team compete in Superboat class, there are two other classes in which competitors can race. For information about the classes visit www.jetsprint.co.nz.