Gladstone?s Darryl Squires churns up the water in his jetsprint boat ?Red Roar?.
Gladstone?s Darryl Squires churns up the water in his jetsprint boat ?Red Roar?.

The adrenaline rush of Red Roar

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THERE you are in the drivers seat, waiting with anticipation at the start line. Bang, its time to roll as you go from 0 to 120 kilometres an hour inside two seconds.

No this isn't you ordinary car, in fact I am not talking about a car at all.

I'm talking about a jetboat, not just any jetboat, but Darryl Squires $20,000 jetboat aptly named 'Red Roar'. Since taking the sport of mudboat racing five years ago, Gladstone's Squires has built up a reputation as one of the top drivers around.

'Jetboat sprinting is a great sport, the camaraderie between all involved is a real feature,' Squires said.

The 42-year-old clocks up thousands of kilometres each year contesting the Australian Mudboat Series across parts of Queensland and Victoria.

'We travel everywhere, there are tracks in Maryborough and Mackay, while I have also raced down in Victoria,' he said.

Squires loves the adrelain rush of racing, saying there is not a lot better than getting amongst it on the water.

'I get a real buzz out of racing, the circuits are pretty tight and it great to take the tight corners at speed,' he said.

Similar to a rally car driver, a mudboat competitor needs to rely on a navigator which in Squires case is his wife Sarah.

'Sarah does her bit alright, she has been a great supporter of mine,' he said.

Squires has also benefited from the support of his sponsors in a sport that has its fair share of associated costs.

'If it wasn't for the great support of my sponsors like Trev's Security, I wouldn't be competing,' he said.

Squires is competing in Mackay this weekend and The Observer will certainly keep you up to date with his progress.



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