Aussie farming town to host jet boat world series

Photography by: Russell Puckeridge/Pureart Images

Small Aussie farming town, Keith, will play host to the jet boat world series on 27 and 28 October 2018

The farming town of Keith, 250km southeast of Adelaide, will be hosting the World Series V8 Superboat racing this weekend (27 and 28 October 2018), putting the small Aussie town on the map.

The event is expected to attract up to 5000 visitors to the town, which has a population of only approximately 1200.

South Australian boat Excalibur, driven by Tony Giustozzi, in action at Keith in March 2018

The World Series, which is held every two years, is coming to Australia for the first time. The country hosted its last major international event in 2010.

Australian Formula Jet Sprint Association President Grant Bourke said a lot of hard work had gone into planning the series.

"We haven’t had a world series here for a little while now and a lot of people are really looking forward to it," Grant says.

"They’ve put a lot of time, effort, and money into that Keith track, and they’ve got a really good crew in the background that can help run the series and that was a big plus."

Qualifying rounds will take place on Saturday and Sunday morning and the racing on Sunday afternoon.

Keith World Series organising committee chair Glen Simpson said the town’s main street would be closed for scrutineering and a street part on Friday afternoon and evening to allow visitors and locals to get up close and personal with the boats and teams.

"This is the pinnacle of jet boat racing for us and having the best racers in the world here is great," he says.

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