Grant Trask is keeping the family powerboat tradition alive at Grafton.
Grant Trask is keeping the family powerboat tradition alive at Grafton. CONTRIBUTED

Trask set to power into series

WITH the Australian Formula Powerboats Grand Prix launching round two this weekend on the Clarence River, there's every chance young tyro Grant Trask will return to the series.

Currently based at the Gold Coast, Trask has plenty of racing experience, from his own camp and that of his father and uncle.

Bob and Dave Trask have both raced in international Formula 1 and Grant has that to draw upon, along with his own F1 and F2 experience.

In 2006 Trask qualified on pole for his first race at Formula 3 level, at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith on Sydney's western outskirts.

That year he won the F3 Rookie of the Year award and snared the F3 championship - not bad for someone still in his teens.

History repeated for Trask in 2007 when he moved up a rung, into the F2 class.

The boats are noticeably bigger than the F3s and run a bigger engine.

This didn't faze Trask, who won the championship again and understandably was named rookie of the year.

In 2008 he continued that form, piloting his GTR hull to another F2 championship.

Unfortunately, the series promoter ceased operating, with no racing being conducted under the series' old name in 2009.

However, the drivers returned to action in 2010 in the series under its current name and structure.

Trask raced at F1 level in 2010. However, increasing work commitments have taken precedence and he has competed only sporadically since.

With a recent fitness regime paying dividends and reigniting the racing flame, Grafton spectators can expect to see Trask back on the water in the F2 class this weekend.



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