SINKING FEELING: Scott Cleary's powerboat could be a write off after a serious racing accident on the weekend.
SINKING FEELING: Scott Cleary's powerboat could be a write off after a serious racing accident on the weekend.

Costly crash stalls racing on Clarence River

A SPECTACULAR crash in a Formula 2 race highlighted an intense weekend of action in the Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix Series.

The most popular class in the AFPGPS, the F2 races attracted up to 12 competitors to the starting line on the Clarence River.

While the rest of the program featured incident-free racing, the second F2 race had spectators' hearts in their mouths.

AFPGPS president Gavin Simmons said the crash was the result of close racing.

"We had an incident where two boats came together on the start," he said.

"They disturbed each other's air and then blew over."

The boats of Tasmanian Scott Cleary and Victorian Don McClymont were tossed into the water, with Cleary's clearly coming off second-best.

"Both boats are new imports from Europe and look to be about $30k each," Simmons said.

"I saw them before and Scotty reckons his could be a write-off while Don said he could be looking at anything between $10-15k to repair.

"They'll take them back to their respective states and repair the engines."

Both drivers walked away from the crash, something Simmons said was an attribute to their safety standards.

The third round of the series provided some intense battles across the three Formula classes, with the F1 battle between Queensland driver Damien McKenzie and Victorian Paul Eade among the highlights.

Eade took out the first two races before McKenzie stormed home in the third and final race.

"The racing has been great all weekend," Simmons said.

"The crash stalled the program but gave the drivers a chance to take a quick break.

"We've been here for six years in a row and we're very thankful to Clarence Valley Council and the community for their support."



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