Damien McKenzie leads the Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix series.
Damien McKenzie leads the Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix series.

Speed need on the water

DAMIEN McKenzie remains the man to beat when the Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix comes to the Clarence River in Grafton.

The 41-year-old Gold Coast resident won all three races at the series’ previous round and with a slender points lead ahead of Shane Vella and Craig Truslove, a winning encore is looming.

“Hopefully a repeat from last round would be good,” McKenzie said.

“Qualifying is the key. You have to push yourself to the limits.”

McKenzie has been racing for four years since deflecting his attention to other water sports.

“I did water skiing for 20 years,” he said.

“But it’s just up to yourself in the boat and how far you push it.”

The series started in September and has been ‘fun and an adrenalin rush’ for both fans and competitors.

A larger emphasis on racing and less on promoters and practice means more than 5000 people are expected to attend the two days.

The fun starts at 8am this morning and continues until tomorrow afternoon. Keep an eye out for McKenzie in boat 5.



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