Not a bad result for a rush job to be fair.
Step 1; Hogs Breath Racings owner decides to pull his race boat out of the shed (where it’s been sitting idle for 12 months) and put a team together for the last round of the Australian Offshore Series in Hervey Bay – 1 week prior to the race
Step 2; Need Drivers – 1st choice is Chris (Topher) Haeger and Paul (Fowldsy) Fowlds – phone calls made, flights booked.
Step 3; Meet race boat in Hervey bay pits and get it race ready – Hmmmm
Saturday morning and we are still putting sponsors signage on the boat as she is craned into the water ready for Pole Shootout – the best part is no points on the line so we treat this as a shakedown.
Chris and Paul manage to complete the required 4 laps and qualify Hogs Breath in third spot, well down on performance/handling and 13kph (average per lap) off the pace.
We really want to get stuck into dialling her in, but have to wait till after the street parade – at least we achieved awesome branding for our sponsors as literally thousands of people line the streets. Late Saturday afternoon in sunny Hervey Bay and we are all in the pits adjusting steering and tracing a sensor fault in the port engine – by sunset we are confident Hogs Breath is ready to go.
Sunday and race day, the weather gods are smiling as the breeze comes up and throws a good solid chop onto a metre swell, complete with whitecaps – translation? Hogs Breath weather.
We kick off race 1 and Saracen gets a jump on us off the start, Chris and Paul make the call to hang with Saracen and consolidate their second placing in front of Phantom and 88Racing.
Great strategy until 6 mins before the end of the race where the boys hit something and destroyed the propeller on the starboard engine – so the race back to the pits begins and we all chip in the get Hogs Breath ready for race 2.
Race 2 kicks off and this time the boys are a little more determined, deciding that Saracen is their main competition and therefore sticking to them like glue in the prestart.
The strategy works well with Hogs Breath and Saracen side by side over the start line, with Phantom and 88Racing not far behind.
Our boys seemed to either have a point to prove or maybe they were annoyed at their 1st race result as they pushed Hogs Breath to the limit and proved what an awesome rough water boat she really is.
With Hogs Breath taking the chequered flag, Chris and Paul were half a lap ahead of Saracen, were ready to lap Phantom and had already lapped 88Racing.
Needless to say we had a couple of very happy drivers (very sore but happy) and of course the owner and his crew were only to happy to celebrate this win as well.
A great result for Hogs Breath Racing in Hervey Bay and we can’t thank Jim Harris and his crew (Mark, Sandy and Kerry) enough, we were only too happy to help out and glad we could contribute.
So now we gear up for the 2018 NZ Offshore Season starting end of January in Taupo – look forward to seeing everyone there.