Slade Stanley stars at Penrite Australian V8 Superboats season opener

Slade Stanley stars at Penrite Australian V8 Superboats season opener

The opening round of the 2020 Penrite Australian V8 Superboats season in front of a big, passionate, Temora crowd saw fantastic racing across all three classes with some standout rookie performances, but under lights no-one could stop local star Slade Stanley from amassing his seventh consecutive Unlimited finals victory, whilst in 400-Class, Justin Roylance weathered an all-out assault from current NZ#2 Sean Rice to claim his second ever outright victory.

The stars of the show though were the LS-Class entries, with 12 boats doing battle across the day, the victory in the end going to ‘super-sub’ Ben Hathaway, the 2017 400-Class champion actually out-pacing his 400-Class rivals in all but one round to claim the top step of the podium with a time 18 one hundredths faster than Justin Roylance’s top three benchmark, to take his first outright win in two years..

There were a number of impressive performances across the weekend, the return of local hero Scott Krause, the co-2018 Unlimited champion claiming second behind Stanley, whilst second-generation V8 Superboats driver Bastian Mullan debuted in LS-Class, setting a time that was good enough to elevate him to the final before a setback on his debut night run in the closing stages dropped him down the order – he’d done enough though to put his rivals on notice!

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Photo Credit: Slade Stanley Photo: Russell Puckeridge, Pureart Creative Images