Work has begun to build a wider and faster Jetsprint track in preparation for this year’s two-day event.
The Jetsprints are being held over Saturday and Sunday on Auckland Anniversary weekend and contractors took to the field at ASB Stadium to carve out the track.
A spokeswoman for the event said about 300 truckloads of stadium soil would be removed before the track was filled with more than 2000cu m of water.
Organisers said they had a resounding response to last year’s event and were expecting a big turnout this year.
“Thousands of tickets have already been sold and ticket sales are well exceeding last year’s sales,” the spokeswoman said.
“We have a maximum capacity of 35,000 over the two days and if people purchase their tickets online, they save $10 off the gate price.”
She said there were changes to the track this year which meant it would be wider and faster.
“It is not as technical as last year but the audience will see the speed of the boats and there will be plenty of thrills and spills.”
Saturday’s racing will feature the New Zealand Jetsprint Championships while Sunday will be the inaugural international invitational event where Kiwi drivers will battle it out with those from Australia, the United States and Canada.