Tuesday, October 04 2011 @ 07:37 PM CDT
Contributed by: mick
Blazen started it's first classic with a bang, the new pairing of Stout and Robbo leading home the dash Saturday afternoon, only just holding out Pidge and Boon behind Merc Force and Cotto and Wool behind Superman.
Come race day, the rain may have held off, but conditions were very tough on course, with some big water down the track, particular at the turn around. The times being up to five minutes slower than last years race really indicating how hard it was out there. Blazen and MercForce left first, and with Blazen expected to leave Merc Force trailing in it's wake after the smooth run around the island, there was surprise as the two boats came side by side out the top of the island, Blazen experiencing some form of engine difficulties. Merc Force was soon to retire after throwing a prop blade, leaving Griffo to wind his way down and back up the river to take line honours. Unfortunately for him, it was Hellrazor leading home Superman crossing the line not far behind them to take the first two placings. This was a great run for Cranny and observer Damo, with a new combination of Pete and Steve Morley doing the hard yards out the back.
There were some great performances across the board, and with a very popular street parade, and successful two days of racing, congratulations need to be extended to the Grafton B2B committee and their band of helpers.
Full results can be found on their website, www.graftonb2b.org.au