Transmission problems force them out of the opening race before going on to win the second
Sheikh Hassan and British throttleman Steve Curtis MBE have maintained their winning ways Down Under by earning maximum points in the second round of the two-race Offshore Superboat Championships in Townsville, Queensland over the weekend.
Despite not finishing the first race due to a damaged propeller shaft, the team pushed on to secure a win in the second and cement their place at the top of the championship standings.
“We were following close behind the Maritimo in the opening race and felt a vibration,” admitted Sheikh Hassan. “We discovered we had broken a propeller shaft which forced us out.
“The conditions were slightly rougher than we experienced in Mackay last weekend and we chose the wrong propeller.
“We pushed hard to keep on the heels of Maritimo and managed to get through on the fourth lap before taking the lead. Although we finished with the second highest points score we still remain in a very strong position in the championship.”