Schumacher closes in on second win
Ipswich's Brett Schumacher virtually sealed his second Australian 350 class series championship with victory in round five action at Round Mountain yesterday.
Schumacher and navigator Danny Cochran roared to victory in their boat, Swamp Rat, in a time of 36.95 seconds.
Meanwhile in the 400 class, a time of 32 seconds was good enough for Slade Stanley, driving Hazardous, to beat series leader Ken Kasper into second place.
Kasper recorded a time of 33.12 seconds in his boat, The Mexican.
Tweed Valley Jetsprint Club secretary Maxine Imrie said a crowd of between 5000 and 6000 people turned up for the meet.
Schumacher said yesterday's win provided him with a healthy buffer with just three rounds to go.
"I'm pretty confident now," Schumacher said.
"With this win I'm close to sewing it up."
Schumacher's record this season includes a fourth, second and two wins.
"I'm very happy with my form," he said.
"This is a challenging course because it's so narrow."
In the 400 class, Stanley was delighted to keep the pressure on Kasper.
"I missed the first two meetings (in the championships)," Stanley said.
"But I have had a first, a second and now another first."
Imrie said the crowd also enjoyed an exhibition of the new superboats, which were in action at the course for the first time yesterday.
Yesterday's meet also doubled as round three of the NSW point series.