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Her Need for Speed

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Her Need for Speed

World-leading jetsprint driver Brooke Avenell loves nothing more than the whiff of methane and the thrill of manoeuvring through an intricate mix of tight hairpin bends and straights at 130km/h.

It's the ultimate summer's day for the 27-year-old Australian, who'll be bypassing Mount Maunganui's sand and seas for the water-filled amphitheatre that will be ASB Baypark when the ENZED Jetsprint 2016 UIM World Championship comes to town.

Next weekend, Brooke will be among more than 40 world-class teams descending upon the Mount to contest leg two of the Championship. Round one of New Zealand's maiden hosting of the world event is being held this weekend at Meremere, south of Auckland.

Entering her first World Championship at just 20, Brooke has gone on to clinch a number of agonising second equals and second at previous World Championships, including a second in the US in 2014 - the only woman to finish on a podium in a world event.

It's not too far out of the ordinary for Brooke, who has been turning heads in the male-dominated sport for some time now. However, after falling short numerous times, Brooke's hoping Baypark and its twisting circuit of 5m-wide water-filled channels holds the key to unlocking her maiden world championship title in the Altherm Group A class.

"We are definitely out there to win it this year," says a determined Brooke.

"I raced at Mount Maunganui the first time they hosted it [the inaugural 2014 ENZED V8 Jetsprints]. The track has changed a lot since then, but it is still exciting to be back."

Brooke puts her success down to her passion for water sports.

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