UNLIMITED CLASS

 Normally Aspirated Engines over 454ci including Gas Turbines

John Derry Unlimited Class NZ 1 U36 River racing NZ

NZ1 (36) - JOHN DERRY

No racer has won more in New Zealand - John has nine NZ Championships to his name as well as two UIM World Champion titles. His current co-driver is Nick Smith and this pair is considered the team to beat. 

His passion for jet boating and racing came from growing up around the sport when his father Blue Derry also raced. John first raced in the then B Class before moving into A class which became Unlimited. In 2010 he was the first Kiwi to race a gas turbine engine which he has done ever since.  

Sponsors 

Christchurch Helicopters 

Speights Ale House Blenheim

The Good Home Blenheim

 SSS Engineering

A CLASS

 Normally aspirated engines up to 454ci  

Justin Hill A248 A Class River Racing NZ

248 - JUSTIN HILL

From Christchurch, Justin is the driver of boat 248 and currently races in A class but swaps out to the formula CX class between national and world marathons. He began racing 8 years ago in FX class. Current navigator is Josh Hamilton

World A class title - 2017 (New Zealand)

World title CX class - 2019 (Canada).

Justin is appreciative of the huge support from his parents Michael and Gaye, Michael is a World Champion racer himself from 1997.

Sponsors

Chris Wilson

                       Talleys

                                Trowel Works

Oilpro

Christchurch Towing Services

Jettec Jet boats 

CX CLASS

 Formula Class - Chev CT525 

Radioactive Craig Robinson CX28 CX class River Racing NZ

28 - CRAIG ROBINSON

Craig's a farmer from Tapanui who's Radioactive race boat has made regular appearances since he started racing in 2013. Two highlights were winning outright, the 2016 Stuart Blanchard Memorial Race on the Waimakariri and claiming 3rd CX in the 2017 Worlds.

His current navigator is Hamish Tovey from Canterbury and his trailer crew chief is Liam Robinson. 

Sponsors

 Exact Engineering & Marine

                                   

FX CLASS

 Formula Class - Chev ZZ4 (350ci) 

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69 - STEWART FITZGERALD

Stewart's been on the water for five years with a mini jet boat. It was being a crew for Justin Hill though that led to Six Pac Racing! Justin found his Dad's winning race boat from the later 90's, Jettec slotted a new keel into it, the power comes from the states - an ex Leighton Lillie engine and the pump and other bits have been salvaged from the ashes of Aftershock Racing 1 and he's in business for the Stuart Blanchard Memorial Race.

Sponsors

CHC Towing                                             Trowelworks

South Shore Marine                             QEII Collision Repairs

Jettec Boats       Harris Auro Electric & Performance

CLUB CLASS

  Entry Level Class - Family style jet boat with safety additions 

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21 - MICHAEL McKEOWN

Michael is part of the Golden Homes team, the boat is the ex Byron Campbell CX machine he raced in the 2021 Marathon before selling it to Tom Kelly. It's currently running a stock CX engine with wet pipes and has a restricted top speed under Club Class rules.

Supporters

Golden Homes