Stanley has edge on jetsprint rivals
By TANIA PHILLIPS
RIVERINA racer Slade Stanley and navigator Troy Brooker grabbed the first points of the season in the Australian and NSW Jet Sprinting point-score competition sweeping their opponents away to win the Group A (400 class) at the Round Mountain Raceway on the Tweed Coast yesterday.
Stanley, from Wagga Wagga, guided his boat Hazardous to victory in the opening round of the competition.
Second in last year's Austra- lian titles, Stanley and Brooker defeated Victorians Greg and Dorinda Mercier in As You Do. Stanley saved his best until last, completing his final lap in 37.38 seconds.
But there was a consolation prize for the Merciers, fourth in last year's Australian titles, with the couple recording the day's fastest time (37.05) in the top four shootout.
Current Australian champion Ken Kesper and his navigator, Pottsville's Renee Walter, finished third while another Wagga Wagga-based racer Rodney Krause came in fourth.
Muwillumbah's Phil Weinthal, in his new Black Magic boat, was the best of the local drivers coming in 10th just ahead of former teammate Tweed's Peter Monger in Mongrel.
Thirty-four crews from along the East Coast of Australia, took part in Sunday's race the first of a long season of racing.
The 350 class was won by Ipswich driver Brett Schumaker in Swamp Rat.
The new Superboats class was won by Victorian Jeff Thynne in a time of 37.78.