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Hero III going for broke on Saturday
Veteran driver Hero Boodram will be unleashing a secret weapon when he races Hero III in the Carib Great Race on Saturday.
After spending months searching for an out-of-production Volvo DPX high speed drive, he finally tracked down two used models in Michigan, USA and will be testing them on the water this week.
As the event’s only entrant with dual propellors, Boodram said he will have an important edge over the rest of his field.
“It gives you an advantage because you can hit a wave at any speed you want and the boat will not shift to the left or right,” he said. “With one prop, you get pushed to one side and the driver has to turn sharply to get flat landing.”
At just 23 feet, his Swedish-built Ocke Mannerfelt craft will be the smallest entrant in the 80mph E Class, also including White Heat, Elixir and Energiza.
Hero III had been the dominant boat in the category from 2010-2012 but finished second to Heatwave last year. Boodram said he was certain to regain his title despite having to endure a two minute penalty this year for missing two regattas with a broken drive.
“There’s no competition for me really. I’m never worried about those fellas,” he said. “There are some 95 mph hour boats which they brought down to this class to try to beat me but they still get blows. That’s just the flow of the game.”
Boodram, who will be joined by throttleman Jeffrey Singh, was named the T&T Powerboat Association’s Sportsman of the Year at the First Citizens Awards in 2010.
He had previously enjoyed success on the 27” Pirogue Hero II, winning three class titles between 2000 and 2005.
He is also the owner owner of Great Race debutant Infusion IV, which will be throttled by his 19-year-old daughter Haivel-Ann in the 60 mph G Class.
“I’m very proud of her,” he said. “She been racing since she’s 15 and she’s already done two Great Races with me on Hero III. She knows the sea well.”
Carib Great Race Contenders
A Class (130 mph)
Monster, Mr Solo, Paramount
B Class (120 mph)
Fire One, Stampede
C Class (110 mph)
D Class (95 mph)
Sheriff Lobo, Rush, Chris Gone Wilder
E Class (80 mph)
Hero III, White Heat, Elixir, Energiza
F Class (70 mph)
Rite Formulal, Energiza, Extreme Measures, Cynisca
G Class (60 mph)
Matrix Reloaded, Chris Gone Wild, Infusion IV, Wethead, Outcast