Bakewell-White Yacht Design wins NZ Powerboat Race
by Bakewell-White Media on 20 May 2007
Peter Turner and Craig Archer drive the Bakewell-White designed Sleepyhead on the Whitianga leg of the New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championship
For the second consecutive year The New Zealand Offshore Powerboat title has been won by Peter Turner and Craig Archer in a Bakewell-White designed V8 Superboat.
Following the most closely fought racing season for many years it came down to the last race of the season with two boats still able to take the title - both from the board of Bakewell-White Yacht Design.
Turner, the defending champion, was fighting for a record breaking sixth title in a new 'Sleepyhead' boat for this season, whilst the other contender was the Valder brothers racing last years champion 'Sleepyhead', now renamed 'Pro Floors', were gunning for their first National title.
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In the end Turner and Archer walked to the title after the 'Pro Floors' team, perhaps showing pre-race nerves, whilst completing a practice lap went into a turn too hot and hooked a chine on a spectator boat wake and barrel-rolled the boat at close to 100mph ending their day being towed back to shore upside down.
Next seaon looks like being even tougher to win with several new boats in the pipeline, including the latest iteration from Bakewell-White Yacht Design Ltd.
Congratulations to Peter Turner, Craig Archer, and the Sleepyhead Team on another National Title win.