Boat brothers ready to race
LAITH and Beau Brown will put their power boats to the test in the Rum City Classic in Bundaberg this weekend.
Described as 'speedway on water' 18-year-old Laith and Beau, 14, will compete will do three laps three to four times a day.
"Laith has been racing for four years and will be on a boat named Convict while Beau will ride in the junior category on Bush Ranger,” proud dad Anthony Brown said.
He added the brothers were born into boating, but they switched sports after a family friend competed in this adrenalin-filled sport.
"The boys used to play rugby league for Wallabys and they decided to get into individual sport,” Brown said.
"We have all always liked boating and the boys started on the little boats and both have raced in Port Macquarie, Berri, Tarree, Lake Dyer, Somerset Dam.
"It keeps us around the country.”
Laith, who is an apprentice diesel fitter at major sponsor CQ Diesel, began six years ago and was third in Australia back in 2013 cin the J3 category while his younger brother finished ninth in the Australian Series.
Laith will also test his new high-powered top-line blown alcohol boat, but it won't be for competition yet.
"He will be doing a few test runs and it goes at about 230 kp/h,” Brown said.
"He basically has to wear jet-fighter gear while he rides it.”