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JAKE Garlick wrapped up the Queensland Superboat Championship Group A class with a win at Round Mountain Raceway on Saturday.
With the Superboat category already claimed by Greg Mercier heading into final round of competition, all eyes were on the hotly contested Group A.
It took a win from the Noosaville young gun Garlick in Grumpy (51.8 seconds) to clinch the 2010 honours ahead of Mildura's Robert Colman, who was close behind in both the title battle and Saturday's racing, where he drove Ton of Guts home for second.
On a course described as the most demanding of the season, Garlick's father Mark piloted Guts home for a third-place finish in the Group A class.
Local hope Peter Monger went into the final round in fifth place and was aiming for a top-three finish in the championship, but engine trouble cruelled his chances.
Driving Darren Watkins' Anaconda , Monger and his co-driver Bernadette Neeson were in third place entering the final run on Saturday but the boat wouldn't co-operate and he fell to sixth, to be best-placed of the local brigade.
“We were going quite well all season and had we not dropped a couple of places (on Saturday), we would have got third in the Queensland title,” Monger said.
Meanwhile, Noosa man David Penfold beat Daniel deVoight to wrap up the 350 class.
Penfold came into the last round leading deVoight, promoter of the Cabarita event, by 23 points and clinched the title ahead of deVoight with a victory on Saturday.
In a supreme example of sportsmanship, Penfold lent his rival deVoight his boat after a breakdown.
Monger is now looking forward to the Australian Superboat Championships' final round in Temora, scheduled for late October.