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  • RND 3 - Wagga Wagga
  • RND 2 - Grafton 2012
  • RND 1 - Taree 2012
  • 9/11/2011

Round 3 - Wagga Wagga 16th & 17th of June 2012

Well we have never been here before, looks good, said the Watersports Marine Racing team. We arrived Friday lunchtime for set up and to have a look out onto Lake Albert to see what the weekend would hold. Set up the pits with the team and then returned to the accommodation to start working (drinking) our strategy for the weekend ahead. The team was quietly confident about the weekend, especially after the amount of preparation and work that had gone into the boat after round 2 at Grafton.

Saturday came and man was that day looking bleak. The weather was going to be a challenge, not only for Tim on the water with the dark sky and grey water, but also for the crew who had the unfortunate job of holding the Watersports Marine F2 in the water, but Greg and Melissa were up for the task. Up first was practice, this was the opportunity to get a feel for the track and to start picking some race lines, as qualifying was going to be different this round, we were doing hot laps! Tim came in after the first session unsatisfied with the boat. The team worked on some changes and reviewed the data and went out in session 2 with minor changes to tuning made and Tim felt comfortable going to qualifying. Hot laps arrived and Tim was third to take on the Albert. The boat fired and he was off. From the bank Tim ran a perfect hot lap, the boat glided around the final turn buoy and the boat looked settled and that he was driving with ease. After all the hot laps were completed the results were in, Watersports Marine was in pole 2! What a great improvement from Grafton, well done to Tim. Normally race 1 would be run but due to some adverse weather and incidents the remaining races were postponed to the following day.

Day two and the blue sky came out, which meant minor tuning changes were required again. The team got the boat ready and they headed down for the practice session before race 1, unfortunately the boat had other ideas, once again the revs were down and the weekend looked lost, but the perseverance of Tim proved race 1 would be a great race. Race 1 and Smith was in pole, Bollins pole 2, Kadri pole 3, King pole 4, Wedlock pole 5, Cleary pole 6 and Page pole 7. The white flag went up, the fuel pumps were on and the green flag dropped, which meant the race was on. The first turn is always the one where the crews hold their breath to make sure everyone makes it through clean and they did. It was a great race, and Tim finished race 1 in third. Great result!

Back in the pits, Tim reviewed the data with the crew and again making slight changes, they were ready for race 2. Tim lined up in pole 3 with Kadri on the inside and King in pole 4, which meant another breath holding taking first buoy. The first few laps separated the boats into the respective positions, with some great driving by all boats Tim finished in second place. So far a great start to round 3 and the team were pleased with how the boat was performing but also Tim’s driving efforts under some tough race conditions.

The final race arrived and Tim was confident heading into the race. Once again Tim started on the outside of Kadri and the inside of Page, Tim knew the first buoy was going to be tough. The flags dropped and they were off.  Once again the first few laps was some close racing with some great laps between Bollins and Page, but over the laps the race finished with Tim in third place. Overall for the weekend was a huge success for the team and it gave them high hopes for the final round. The final placing’s for round 3 were, Kadri 1st, Bollins 2nd and Smith 3rd. What a great improvement for the team.

Tim would like to thank his crew who suffered through the cold weather to keep him on the water, so thank you to Sarah Bollins, Greg Payne, Melissa Robinson and Sean Walker. Tim would also like to thank his family who help support him through his days racing and keep him motivated to always push to his best during races.

Finally Tim would like to thank his sponsors, as without them a lot of this would not be possibly, Watersports Marine, KIM Haulage, Anglomoil, Light Commercial Spares, Ann’s Embroidery, P & K Tilt Trays and Alchem.

Thanks to all the fans and see you at the final round in Port Macquarie on July 28th and 29th.

Round 2 - Grafton 21st & 22nd Aprl 2012

Round two saw teams head to the regional town of Grafton and it was themed “Clash on the Clarence” and it sure was.

Tim and his crew left in the early hours of Friday morning in hope of arriving at Grafton by lunchtime to allow for a relaxing set up ahead of the weekend’s racing. After the team safely arrived they began the pit setup and also started talking about the weekend ahead and were all ready and pumped for Saturday to begin.

The sound of the engines and we knew it was time to start round two. Saturday’s program saw one practice session, qualifying session and race one. The team took the boat down to load-wheel to see if the gremlins from Taree were truly gone and they were. The engine fired and it sounded crisp and ready to take on the Clarence.

Practice began and Tim started firing in some great times and different racing lines around the course to see what felt best and also what worked best for the boat and the lap times. With a few different set ups and prop changes, the team were comfortable heading into the qualifying session. After qualifying the top 5 start positions were Kuznetsoff, Page, Smith, Bollins and King. Even though Tim wasn’t at the start of the grid he felt happy and confident heading into race one.

Race one and the boat fired and Tim got away to a clean start and first lap. Within the first couple of laps the top 5 boats began to sort themselves out but also kept pressuring each other which meant for a great spectator race. Tim was having a great battle with King and the boat was settled throughout the tough race conditions and he finished in fourth. The team were very happy with that as both Tim and the boat came out of the race in good condition and ready to keep challenging the lead boats for the remaining two races. After the days racing the team reviewed the results and the information from the onboard data system and starting discussing ways to improve for race two and three.

Sunday began with a final practice session and Tim tried another race set up to see if he could improve on his race times and he did and that fired him up even more for race two. The starting grid for race two had Tim starting in fourth again with hopes of another flying start. The flag dropped and the boats were off to another clean start and first buoy. This time Yanto was also in the mix of things with Bollins and King which meant for another great race. Tim tried different race lines to get through to clean water to help him challenge Yanto but this time wasn’t in a great position to and Tim finished race two in fifth. Again the team was happy with the result as it was still a close race between the top 5 boats. The final race of the day and Tim started in fifth, which meant this race was going to be even tougher to get closer to the leaders. Again the race was on between Bollins and Yanto and this time with Sarah and Anthony on the radios they were giving him as much information as possible to help him work his way around. With some great driving and continuous pressure throughout the race Tim finished on the same straight as the leaders and finished in fifth, but this time the boat wasn’t left unscathed. After a tight corner between Tim and Yanto, Tim’s boat suffered minor damage which meant it had been taking on water during the race.  With great sportsmanship from the other teams, our trailer got to the ramp before any further damage was sustained. In the pits Bollins and Yanto shared their race stories and finished the weekend in high spirits and ready for the next round on June 16th and 17th at Wagga Wagga. This is a new location for the club so will lead to some interesting races.

Tim finished the weekend in fifth position from nine competitors and he and the team walked away feeling they have made a great improvement from Taree and can’t wait for round three. Once again Tim can’t go away racing without the support of his family (Sarah, Hayley and Ben), his crew (Greg, Melissa, Anthony, Kristie & Maureen) and his sponsors Watersports Marine, KIM Haulage, Light Commercial Spares, Ann’s Embroidery, P & K Tilt trays, Alchem and Anglomoil.

See you in Wagga Wagga.

Sarah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 1 - Taree 18 & 19th February 2012

Taree was the beginning to the 2012 season and we were pumped for the New Year after having the 2011 season off. Up first was practice then qualifying, and with a lot of team work with set up changes and information back and forth for the first time we took pole position by a narrow .02 of a second. The team was excited to start the season off in such a great way and with high hopes Tim lined up for race 1, and the boat just wasn’t in the same mindset, it didn’t fire off the line which then left Tim to start half a lap down, and with some intense driving Tim gained back a couple of positions but it definitely wasn’t the finish he or the team was hoping for.

Back in the pits Tim worked tirelessly with the crew to try and work out the gremlins that plagued the first race, and with some positive signs Tim lined up for a second time, the boat fired but starting on the outside in such a tight field of boats the possibility of Tim finishing with a podium place was slipping away. Tim did some great driving and showed the boat and the team is back with a vengeance for the 2012 season. The final race finished similar to the previous two races with Tim doing some outstanding driving to work his way through the field in some rough water even with the results Tim was extremely happy with the boats performance and also how the team performed over the weekend.

The team has high hopes for round 2 at Grafton in April.

Tim would like to thank the continued support of his sponsors, Watersports Marine, KIM Haulage, Light Commercial Spares, Ann’s Embroidery, P & K Tilt Trays and Alchem. Tim would also like to thank his family, Sarah, Hayley, Ben and his crew, Greg, Melissa, Mel & Sean, for their hard work over the weekend to keep the boat on the water but also their support during his races.

See you in Grafton.

Sarah

As you are all aware the Bollins Racing team did not compete in the 2011 Australian Formula Powerboat GP Series, however it has now been confirmed that the team will be contesting the 2012 season with a vengence.

The team has been busy developing the boat durring this period and is confident that we will be a serious contender in the 2012 season.

So what has changed......

 

Keep an eye on this space for more details, but in the mean time here are a few speak pics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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