The Powerboat racing stars of the future, the Formula Futures, take to the water at Grafton on Saturday.
The Powerboat racing stars of the future, the Formula Futures, take to the water at Grafton on Saturday. Lynne Mowbray

Grafton driver off pace

PETER Phillips had no time to reminisce about his Formula 3 powerboat at the weekend.

Not as he cruised down the Clarence River at 160km/hr, “which is not bad on an 850cc, two-stroke motor”.

“It was sitting in a shed in Victoria and I rescued it,” Phillips revealed in a quieter moment yesterday.

“There are plenty of boats around.

"And this was a proven good boat.

"It was an Australian champion.”

A 25-year veteran of the sport, Phillips, the only Grafton competitor in the Australian Formula Powerboat GP, left his run a little late in the F3 category.

He finished fourth but said he will take some valuable lessons – and memories – into the third round of the series in Port Macquarie in July.

“I only got the engine together and running on Friday,” said Phillips, who finished behind category winner Corey Davoll.

“And we had some electrical gremlins.

"The ignition system had some problems on Saturday.”

But it didn't sway Phillips' opinion of which class is his favourite.

He should know.

He has done them all.

“F3 is definitely the most challenging,” he said.

“It was challenging down the back straight into the wind.

“But I'm keen to keep going around and beat some of these young blokes.”

Phillips is a member of the Grafton Powerboat Club and is awaiting the arrival of a new engine from Belgium, which he said, come next round, would up his speed.

Just in case he needed any more.



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