World's fastest inboards return

THE two fastest inboard boats in the world, in their class, will race at Taree Powerboat Club's Easter Classic.

Chris Whalan's Sacrifice (6 litre) and Troy Marland's Madness (Unlimited) set the speed records on the Manning River last year.

Both boats will be the headline acts at this year's event where almost 50 entries have already been received.

Along with Madness, unlimited boats confirmed for the meet include Taree favourite She's the Culprit, Toxic, Airborne, The Chase and Bad Influence.

Three boats, Toxic, The Chase and Bad Influence have stepped away from the Blown Lites Series to contest the unlimited class.

Chris Whalan's opposition in the 6 litres will be X-Plicit, Oxygen Thief, LM Racewear, new Queensland entry Karma and Sick Puppy owned by the Marland family of Madness fame.

It's unclear at this stage whether Lindsay McMillan will race Mac'N'Speed in the 6 litre or 5 litre class, but whichever way he decides, the boat will be highly competitive.

A newcomer to the Classic in the 5 litres will be Brett Ramsey who will travel from Victoria to compete.

The pro-stock class could produce the biggest numbers while outboards will also be catered for.

Local boats competing will be Matilda (Ryan McIntosh), Mathermagic (Ian Bryant), Hobo (Jim McFarlane), Ultra (Chris Deehan) and Steve Semken in Even Tuffa who may also drive Graham Guile's hydroplane Hoodlum.

Early indications were that three, possibly four GP Hydros would attend but this is still to be confirmed by the race committee.

Scrutineering and practice will take place on Good Friday with racing from 10am both Saturday and Sunday.

The Easter Classic has proven to be the biggest tourism event in the Manning Valley and this year should be no exception.

The Taree course provides the best viewing areas of any powerboat meeting in Australia and spectators are assured of extra attractions both on and off the water.

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