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The rip-roaring of high-speed inflatable boats will descend upon Tauranga this weekend, as the Thundercats take the city by storm.

Competitors in the national Thundercat series will race in two events; the first testing longevity and strategy in Tauranga on Saturday; and the second boasting jumps, thrills and spills at Tay Street on Sunday.

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One man hoping to take out both races is Anthony Inskeep – the sole Tauranga entrant.

Racing in his third series, Anthony – along with co-driver Devon Carter – came second in the 2013 Tauranga leg and is confident of a win this weekend in their boat, Ultima.

New to this round is the ‘King of the Island’ race – a 110km stint starting from Sulphur Point at 10am, racing out of the harbour and north to the Bowentown entrance and back to Sulphur Point.

Anthony says it’s one of two long haul races in the series, which demands a whole new strategy than shorter races.

“A lot more goes into it; everything has to be perfect, otherwise you will break down while racing.”

The Mount race is surfcross racing, beginning at Tay St at 11am. This will provide spectacular viewing for the public, as boats rip across waves at speeds of up to 80km/h.

Anthony says racing has been going well for their team up until the National Surfcross event at Whangamata on January 4, when the boat’s motor broke during racing.

“It’s all fixed now and we’ll be ready to go hard this weekend.”


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