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ANOTHER TITLE TO KIWI CHAMPION SAM HARVEY
At the 2011 New Zealand Seadoo Woodbine Jet Sport Nationals over the weekend, previous World Runabout Champion Sam Harvey of Auckland added another title to his impressive string of accomplishments, and another trophy to an already overflowing shelf. The combination of Sam’s dedicated training regime, his world class skill, and a smooth run on his Seadoo GTI gave him a clean sweep of all five races bestowing him the title of New Zealand Runabout Champion again.
Despite the efforts of veteran rider Brad Clarke from Christchurch, also on a Seadoo, who managed to get in front of Sam after he made a minor error on his first lap, Harvey fought back and regained the lead within half a lap of the course. In the last race of the weekend Harvey intentionally had a handicap start, using the race as his training for the World Finals, and also giving the other competitors the benefit of competing against him side by side. He picked each rider off steadily, and quickly regained the lead, showing his true talents as a force not be to reckoned with!
The New Zealand Championships were originally being hosted by the Canterbury Jet Sport Club in March, however following the earthquake the event was cancelled. The Auckland Jet Sport Association approached Peter Harvey, director of Woodbine Marine regarding sponsoring the event so that the race could be relocated to Blue Lake in Rotorua. The generous sponsorship of Seadoo, in association with Woodbine Marine, where 27 year old Sam Harvey is Manager, enabled this pinnacle event on the New Zealand race calendar to continue. “Without the support of all the other sponsors, help from the other affiliated jetski clubs, and the excellent efforts of all the volunteers and officials this race wouldn’t have happened. Thanks to my sponsors, especially Seadoo, and to all the competitors for an excellent weekend of racing, and it’s great to see so many talented novices coming through the sport” says Harvey.
He may have another premium title under his belt, but the biggest challenge is yet to come. In October this year, the Woodbine Racing Team will return to Lake Havasu City in Arizona, on the hunt for Sams’ previous prestigious title of World Pro Am Runabout Champion.
All Seasons Fitness Centre Proudly Sponsor Sam Harvey