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New Zealand Power Boat Racing Nationals Championship

New Zealand Power Boat Racing Nationals Championship

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  • Sat 3 Mar ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 4 Mar ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm


Blue Lake (Tikitapu), Tarawera Rd, Rotorua


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • $10 per car entering the event: $10.00

The Lakeland Powerboat Racing Club in conjunction with the NZ powerboat Association is proud to be hosting it’s New Zealand Nationals championship Regatta, to be held at the Blue Lake Rotorua on the 3rd and 4th March 2018.

This event will see some if not all of the fastest race boats in New Zealand with a range of classes competing for their class championship being from the Junior competitors at speeds around 45mph to the high powered GP Hydroplane class with racing speed around 180mph.

It is expected to be the largest turnout of competitors from all around New Zealand. This will be the first time this event has occurred on Blue Lake for the last 15 years and there is a keen interest from all competitors to be able to return to this venue.

Racing will be over two days of this weekend with most of the championship events being competed on Day one with class racing on day two.

If anyone is interested in being a part of the event in the way of promotion or sponsorship and requires further information please contact:

Dennis Dustin
Phone - 07 3488022
Mobile - 0223228225
Email - ddustin@kinect.co.nz

Some of the past competitors and their classes.

Pro Com:
This is the big brother of the racing runabout classes and has only a few restrictions. They can be a maximum of 470ci (7700cc) and do not have superchargers but anything else goes. Engines are V8 and come from Ford or Chevrolet and most run Big Block methanol burning fuel injected engines and the top boats run at 120mph (195kph).

Pro Stock:
This is a stock V8 class designed to make affordable yet competitive racing. The engines are limited to 6000cc and have restrictions on the carburettor size as well as camshaft lift and must run on petrol. These boats are normally around 16ft in length and race at around 95mph (150kph).

Formula 1:
Formula One takes racing to the extreme, entertaining with speed and action packed racing. Spectators watch in awe as lightweight tunnel boats. Speeds in excess of 120mph. These high performance boats challenge the most seasoned professional turning sharper, faster than any other race vehicle in the world. Drivers can experience up to 5G’s of forces as they manoeuvre around a 1.5km course.

Is a combination of smaller boat classes and can include 1650cc Hydro, 2000cc Inboard Racing Runabout, 1000cc Outboard Tunnel. The combination of the three different hull types run on short tight tracks or a triangular track make for spectacular racing. With the Hydro speeds of 100mph, the tunnels and flatties of 80-85mph, the tight fast cornering keeps them in a competitive race.

Series 3000:
Is an extremely competitive class and is limited to naturally aspirated engines no larger than 3000cc. Generally highly modified Japanese or European car engines are used to propel these boats to over 80mph (130kph) This is Allan Steiner at his best in Misty Blue, they are locals from Tokoroa. Allan and his wife both compete in this class.

Modified Hydroplane or Mod H:
One of the largest classes in NZPBA. Powered by Automotive engines up to 3000cc, Hulls are between 16 to 18ft, depending on the hulls age and size. With top speeds of over 120mph (195kph) this is an exciting and affordable class to complete in. Mod H drivers are also able to compete in Grand National and Grand Prix classes.

Grand Prix:
At 170mph, Grand Prix Hydroplanes are the fastest automotive powered class in the world. Fire breathing engines power the low profile sleek hulls around the race course for an unforgettable show. With the exception of hull lengths and a maximum of 510 cubic inches, the rest is left up to you.

Grand National Hydroplane:
The GN Hydroplane can travel at speeds in excess of 130mph. The sight of the rooster tail and the sound of V8 motors roaring make the boats one of the most exciting classes to watch.

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