The spectator spectacular that is the Thundercat Racing, Summer Thunder National Series will be returning to Bay of Plenty from 1 - 8 January. Thundercat Racing is a high adrenaline motorsport with explosive wave jumping and tight competitive racing in a tunnel hulled inflatable boat. Boats are powered by an outboard motor with a crew of only two people who must work together seamlessly to attack waves and navigate sharp turns around the course.
“Bay of Plenty has historically been a favourite for competitors given the often gnarly conditions and the overwhelming local support”, says club president Michael Graves who himself races in the Bathrooms By Elite boat.
“The club has been through an evolution which last year saw the entire National Series take place over one week, spread across some awesome Bay of Plenty / Coromandel locations. This format and location was a huge success so we are back to do it again in 2020.”
3 January - Papamoa - Surf Cross from 11am
4 January - Waihi - Surf Cross from 11am
5 January - Trinity Wharf - Circuit from 6pm
7 January - Whangamata - Surf Cross from 11am
8 January - Tay Street - Surf Cross from 11am
For a full calendar of Summer Thunder including the offshore enduro races visit our website.
Surf-Cross: This short course tends to be 200m x 300m with boats jumping over waves to heights of up to 12 feet all within 200 metres of shore! Surf-Cross is very popular with spectators and media.
Circuit: All about the top speed, circuit racing is also popular with spectators as teams walk the fine line of maintaining maximum speed without the rig taking flight from a slight wind gust or ripple on the water.
Enduro: These long-haul races tend to be over 100km and raced point to point, they take place in rivers and open ocean. These events run in virtually any weather conditions and are a true indicator of the bravery, physical fitness and endurance of the crew.
The Thundercat Racing Association of New Zealand is the not for profit governing body, made up of elected volunteers. TRANZ is a member of the NZ Powerboat Federation.
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