XCAT Gold Coast – Countdown is on!

With less than 10 days to go until the UIM XCAT Powerboat World Series goes down under, nobody knows what to expect when it comes to the weather conditions on the Gold Coast, reports Richard Carr.

Unpredictable

Home team drivers Tom Barry-Cotter (above right) and fellow Queenslander Ross Willaton have delivered a fairly worrying statement regarding the possible weather conditions later this month. On one hand, the Doug Jennings Park surf could be calm and flat, however there’s a possibility that drivers could be met by 6-foot waves!

Speaking to xcatracing.com, Barry-Cotter said: “Gold Coast can offer pristine calm conditions with no wind or waves and can be 6ft the following day.

“The Gold Coast course will offer its challenges to the XCAT pilots. There are strong currents and can be large waves on the course. I think knowing the conditions prone to the area will give us a slight head start in boat set-up early on during the weekend.

“However, I think our best advantage will come from racing in front of our home city. Our entire team will be very focused.”

Pressure on from the Mayor

In front of a packed home crowd and with Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate (above left) piling on the pressure, Barry-Cotter and Willaton are hoping that they can use the home fans to their advantage and achieve a podium finish.

“There will certainly be a lot of pressure on us from our mayor and city to be fighting at the front,” admitted Barry-Cotter.

“So we have been working on the boat around the clock. We have been conducting a lot of testing with various set-ups that we predict will be close to that used for the Gold Coast GP. The boat also looks fantastic.”

The activities will get underway on Friday 20 August and entrance is free for the general public. The Gold Coast will signify the middle point of the championship with action from Nice, France and two races in the UAE to follow.

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr, of Poole, is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.

He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.

He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.