V8s thunder on the water
THE action was fierce at Cabarita last weekend when V8 Superboats thundered around Tweed Valley Jet Sprint Club for round five of the V8 Superboat Championships.
Just four weeks after fighting it out on the mountain course for round four, one of the biggest fields in recent years battled it out over the weekend for championship series points.
Ultimately, despite a brand-new and untried powerplant, three-time Australian Unlimited champion Phonsy Mullan proved all but unstoppable, although Tremayne Jukes did everything he could despite limited experience in his new boat to force the issue all the way down to the final run of the day.
In the end it was Mullan who had to dig deeper than perhaps any time in the last few seasons to claim the win, with round four winner Daryl Hutton completing the podium.
In the 400 class, the expected fight between Tweed stars Brett Thornton and Brooke Lucas battled through the heats, with emerging stars Paul Kelly and Mitch Roylance in the mix, but ultimately Thornton was too good, claiming his third successive win to open up a big points lead heading into the final two rounds of the season.
2016 Australian V8 Superboats Championships Round Five results:
Finals: Unlimited Superboat: 1. Phonsy Mullan (Ramjet) - 42.138, 2. Tremayne Jukes (Maniac) - 42.535, 3. Daryl Hutton (American Automotive) - 44.536. 400 Class (Group A): 1. Brett Thornton (2Obsessed) - 46.353, 2. Brooke Lucas (Trouble Maker) - 47.689, 3. Mitch Roylance (Black Jack) - 67.509.
Standings: 1. Phonsy Mullan - 166 points, 2. Daryl Hutton - 152, 3. Darek Sygidus - 133, 4. Paul Burgess - 114, 5. Ted Sygidus - 112, 6. Jamie Welch - 100, 7. Cheryl Welch - 76, 8. Tony Giustozzi - 74, 9. Tremayne Jukes - 66, 10. Mick Carroll - 64.