Team Navy back on the water and stronger than ever

Published on Sky Gregory (author), Mr Andrew Gricks (photographer)

Location(s): Redcliffe, QLD

Topic(s): Team Navy

The Team Navy Offshore Superboat in Round 4 of the Australian Championships in Redcliffe on the weekend. (photo: Mr Andrew Gricks)
The Team Navy Offshore Superboat in Round 4 of the Australian Championships in Redcliffe on the weekend.

Brendan and Chris Frier were back in winning form in their Team Navy Offshore Superboat on the weekend in round 4 of the Australian Championships in Redcliffe.

The race was the first back after experiencing major damage in the Mackay race in June with both mechanical and hull issues plaguing their Australian Championship title challenge. Having missed two rounds of racing since Mackay while the boat underwent repairs, the Frier Team didn’t take long to settle back into winning form, taking out the checkered flag in Race 1 on Sunday.

“We went into the Redcliffe race just hoping to cross the finish line without any more mechanical issues, so to take out the checkered flag was just amazing”, said Driver Chris Frier.

“Our team and even our competitors have gone above and beyond to help get us back in the water and on the weekend, everyone’s hard work paid off and we couldn’t be more thankful,” said Chris.

Maritimo crossed the line in second place followed by Global Racing and then Team 3 in fourth position.

Race 2 saw all teams head back to the marina to change gearing in the hopes of gaining a few extra km/hr out of their boats. Friers Offshore Racing were happy with the set up and decided not to change anything. The start of the race saw Team 3 get the jump having secured pole position the day beforehand. Maritimo were hot on their heels as were Team Navy. The Friers managed to pull ahead of Maritimo and start reeling in Team 3, but the distance proved to be too great and Team 3 crossed the line in first position followed by Team Navy, Maritimo and then Global Racing.

With a first place in Race 1 and a second place in Race 2, Friers Offshore Racing in the Team Navy boat came away with 1st place in the Australian Championship round.

The Spirit of Mackay also had a successful weekend in Redcliffe and are holding strong in their challenge for the Australian title when they crossed the line in first position for the weekend. The boat performed consistently over the weekend and with some tough competition in the 600HP outboard class, the Spirit of Mackay were too strong.

The last round of the series heads to Hervey Bay on 9 and 10 November. SBS Speedweek will air all the action of the Redcliffe round in the coming weeks – check your local guide for times.

For more information about Team Navy visit http://teamnavy.com.au.