About NZHL Offshore Race Team
Boat: 26ft Shifty Cat from Shifty Cat Racing Australia
Engines: 2 x Mercury Racing 200XS
After a hugely successful 2014 and 2015 season, NZHL Offshore Racing stepped it up for the 2016 NZ Offshore Powerboat Series with the importation of their 26ft Shifty Racing Cat from Australia, placing 3rd in the 2016 Championship!
Our boat has numerous Australian Supercat 400 Championship titles to her name and was the ideal candidate for our next challenge – Show NZ how good the Supercat 400 class is and encourage more teams to join us in 2017.
NZ Offshore rules do not allow for a 400hp boat which means we will be racing against 600hp boats in the Superboat Lite class.
Why did we import a 400 hp boat to race against 600hp competitors? Cost!
A 400hp boat is ½ the cost to purchase and ½ the annual cost to campaign. Plus Offshore Racing is all about reliability/average speed/driver skill.
Key things we have excelled at over the last 2 seasons. We don’t expect a Championship win, but we do expect to turn up and compete at every race, our aim is to show the NZ Offshore scene that this is a great feeder class into the bigger boats.
It’s not the size of the Dog in the Fight – It’s the size of the Fight in the Dog (or in this case Cat).
After all, we are doing exactly the same as our naming sponsor – New Zealand Home Loans – Competing against much bigger opposition and showing our supporters a better way.
Chris Haeger (Topher): Driver #16
At 18 years old Chris is one of the youngest competitors in the NZ Offshore series.
2014 was the year Chris really made an impact and added some serious credentials to his Offshore CV when he stepped up to Driver of our Sports 150 entry and claimed the 2014 Championship trophy making Chris the youngest person ever to win a NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship.
Chris was then invited to Australia to drive for Kwozzy Offshore Racing in their Supercat 400 entry and not only went into the record books as the youngest person to compete in the Australian Offshore Championship, but is also the youngest person ever to Win a round of the Australian Series.
Kwozzy went onto win the 2014 Supercat 400 Championship and Chris was rewarded with being named as team driver on the trophy.
To top off Chris’s outstanding achievements both here and across the Tasman, Chris was awarded the Under 21 Trophy by the NZ Offshore Powerboat Association.
2015 season and Chris once again was crowned the NZOPA Sports 150 Champion. Also for the 2nd year running Chris was awarded the Under 21 Trophy by the NZ Offshore Powerboat Association.
Chris’s driving ability was highlighted in Whitianga’s notourisly rough conditions where Chris was put to the test competing against his Offshore Teacher Jono Hanley. Not only did Chris beat Jono, but he also beat his 150hp class competitors as well as all the 200hp competitors, coming home right behind Outboard Pro (300hp) It was this race which cemented our decision to step Chris up into something a little more challenging for the 2016 Season
2017 Season Events
|Taupo, 29th January 2017|
|Beachlands, 18th February 2017|
|Gisborne, 4th March 2017|
|Marsden Cove, 18th March 2017|
|Doubtless Bay, 8th April 2017|
|Napier, 22nd April 2017|
|Whitianga, 13th May 2017|
Karl Wall (Doctor): AUS: Co-Driver #16
Karl Wall has been around the Australian Offshore scene for many years (more than he will admit)
Starting out racing his mates in Ski Boats and slowly progressing into his current aussie ride, a 1600hp 45ft Offshore Catamaran for the Tradeulator Team, Karl has raced them all – successfully.
NZHL Offshore met Karl in 2014 when Chris was invited to race for Kwozzy Offshore in Townsville (AUS) – As they say, the rest is history
Karl and Chris gelled straight away and halfway through Race 1 the 2 drivers were confident enough in each other’s ability to have Kwozzy2 drifting around the corners at full throttle.
Kwozzy2 went onto win the 2014 Supercat 400 Championship with a different driver in every round, but still with Dr Karl by their side on the throttles.
After purchasing our new boat a trip to the Gold Coast to sign up Karl to once again sit next to Chris in the cockpit was a formality, with Karl jumping at the opportunity to once again race with his favoured Driver.
With Karl’s experience in Offshore Racing and a background as a Mercury High Performance dealer, we really are privileged to have The Doctor on our Team.
Unfortunately Karl’s 12 year old son Lachie passed away unexpectedly late in 2015 – Although we won’t have Lachie helping us in the pits, Lachie will be in our thoughts and 2016 NZ Offshore Season will be for Lachie Wall
Event Write Ups
NZHL Wins in Doubtless Bay
After 4 rounds of chasing Hi Jinx Racing around the race course we have finally come away with the much elusive 1st place in Superboat 400
We have said all season, the only reason we were chasing Hi Jinx was due to our unusual weather conditions – we are set up for Offshore Racing, but have been playing in Circuit Racing conditions.
If you managed to make it to Marsden Cove for round 4 of the NZ Offshore Powerboat Series, then you were treated to an absolutely stunning weekend.
Weather was fantastic, along with classic car displays and fast boats – and of course the harbour was Flat (again)
Brett Haeger : Team Manager
Brett has grown up around Powerboat Racing with 3 of his uncles competing in either Circuit or Offshore championships over the years, his cousin is also a well known Offshore driver in the Australian Super boat series.
However, Brett chose a different path for his racing career and successfully campaigned his own 8.5mtr sailing cat named Catattack.
1998 RAYC Auckland to Great Barrier – 3rd
1999 RAYC Winter Series – 2nd
2000 RAYC Winter Series – 1st
2001 RAYC Kawau Night Race – 1st
2002 NZMYC Coastal Classic – 2nd
Teamwork was a key to success on Catattack and Brett is a strong believer in “having the right people in the right job”