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<p class="text">With Bill Barry-Cotter, the founder of the
Queensland-based Riviera Group, working the throttles of
the 2600hp race boat and Peter 'Mudguard' McGrath driving,
the team finished the eight-race series with a first place
at Qatar, a second and third placing and three fourth placings.<br>
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<p class="text">The series, which often saw fields of up to
12 of the fastest offshore powerboats in the world competing,
started at Trieste in Italy and finished in the Middle East
at Dubai, UAE, in October. This was the fifth time Bill
Barry-Cotter has competed in the series, which is considered,
especially in the Middle East, the sport of the mega-rich.
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Peter McGrath took over the driving duties at the round
of the series held in Oslo. McGrath was still-pumped after
winning the 2002 Club Marine-sponsored Australian race series
with Stefan Ackerie in the famous pink boat. With even more
horsepower in the Riviera boat, McGrath was right in his
element.<br>
After winning the Qatar race, McGrath commented that the
boat was always fast. And after fitting new propellers it
had more acceleration and an extra five-miles-per-hour speed,
which had the boat reaching a top speed of 162mph.<br>
The popularity of the sport in the Middle East was reflected
in the grand final at Dubai with fashion parades, live entertainment
and lavish dining. In a region where offshore powerboat
racing is the sport of kings, sheikhs and international
celebrities, the team from Downunder stood out in their
orange and black team uniforms. They even took out the award
for the best-dressed team at the gala prize giving dinner.<br>
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<p align="center" class="sub">2002 was the most successful
season yet for the Riviera Racing team and with the taste
of success still fresh there are now plans underway to again
take on the world's best in 2003 and beat them all.</p>
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