Crash course

!IT'S fast, furious and spectacular and jet sprint is back on the Tweed this Sunday.

The Tweed Valley Jet sprint Club will host a points round of the NSW Championship at the Round Mountain Raceway. Thirty-nine crews will compete in the event at a course recognised as one of the most demanding circuits in Australia.

Tweed club president Jamie Taylor said the Round Mountain course had been designed to test the skills of the drivers and their navigators rather than just rely on horsepower. The round will feature both Class A boats (400 V8s and 350 V8s).

"Many of the crews come here to test themselves against the track and that usually means quite a few spills, especially in the early rounds," Taylor said. "The track course will definitely test the drivers and we would expect winning times to be around the 34 second mark for the 350 class boats and around 31 seconds for the 400s." Among the local brigade to take on the challengers at Round Mountain on Sunday will be Tweed-based driver Peter Monger who has been re-building his boat Mongrel in time for the race meeting. "The last time we raced here we finished fourth in the 400s but there have been a few changes we have had to make with the boat for this meeting so it will be a case of experimenting," Monger said. "We have been building up a friendly rivalry with Cabarita driver Sam Everingham in Bam Ba Lam who got the better of us at Maryborough recently so we will be out to square the ledger on our home track." Other drivers to watch on the day will be the all-girl crew of Brooke Dixon and Cassie Lack in the True Blue Too boat. The 19-year-old Dixon is competing in only her third season but has emerged as a real talent, rocketing to second in the NSW Championship points race behind Slade Stanley. "This track is fast and it the weather stays the same the times on Sunday should be very low," Dixon said. A major change in points scoring will be introduced Sunday with each of the four qualifying rounds to carry points. The 10 fastest crews after qualifying will advance to the elimination rounds. Racing is scheduled to start at Round Mountain Raceway near Cabarita at 8.30am on Sunday with the elimination finals to be contested in the afternoon.



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