Jetsprints back at ASB Stadium

The jetsprint boats will power their way into Mount Maunganui’s ASB Baypark Stadium again this January, with a whole new level of hi-octane, international, not-to-be-missed motor racing.

ASB Baypark Stadium’s usually pristine turf will be dug up once again to allow for a temporary track to be constructed for the ENZED 2016 UIM Jetsprint World Championship on January 29-30.

Boats back in the stadium, end of next month.Picture: file.

The round two/finals weekend will feature practice and qualifying rounds on Friday, while the Saturday is where spectators will see up to 50 boats from around the globe giving it everything they’ve got in full race mode.

The precision-engineered jet boats are expected to reach up to 130km in under two seconds on the purpose-built aqua-track on the stadium’s rugby in-field.

The stadium setting allows spectators to get up close to the to the racing action, providing six to eight hours of thrills, spills and family entertainment, both on and off the track. 

There will be a free dedicated Pump Kidz Funzone with a giant water slide, bouncy castles, balloons, face painting and more, all in a safe and secure setting with food and beverages on offer. Children under 14 years old must be supervised.

The pits area will open for limited session to allow children, big and small, to check out the boats up close and meet the international race teams and world champions first-hand.

The World Championship Series won’t return to Tauranga until 2022, so organisers say this is the best chance to see the thrills and spills of true world-class racing for many years.

The main event finals racing from 4pm-10pm on Saturday, January 30, gates open 1pm. Practice day and qualifying rounds run 6pm-10pm on Friday, January 29, gates open from 5pm. (Admission to Friday practice day is with a two-day pass only.) To secure your seat, save $10-$20 and enter the draw to win a Suzuki Swift, visit


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