Records broken during exciting 49th running of the Southern 80

A sparkling day on the water greeted competitors for the 2018 Southern 80 Ski Racing Classic, and the action on the water matched the glorious skiing conditions for those taking part.
The headline act for the day was Merc Force, who was unstoppable as they claimed their second win at the Southern 80 in as many years, and recorded the second fastest time in history along the way.
Rounding out the day for the wider Merc Force squad was a sensational victory for sister crew Merc Force F1, as they scorched to a record-breaking win in the Open Women’s class.
Records, it seems were there for the taking today with a total of five falling to new owners across the afternoon.
Merc Force F1 aside, the team from Temper 2 claimed the 16-19 Boys Expert benchmark by 28 seconds, backing up their 2017 victory in that class along the way. Their time of 31 minutes, 37 seconds was a time good enough for fourth overall. Watch out for these guys in future races.
In SMOC Expert Mercury Rising launched an attack on the race that saw them earn victory in class and the new record by 32 seconds. A time of 39 minutes, 3 seconds had them well clear of their competitors.
But the biggest records belonged to Monopoly and Sportspage who won the 5.2 Litre & 6 Cyclinder class and Unlimited Inboard Naturally Aspirated Expert class by more than two minutes each.

Monopoly’s time of 35 minutes, 33 seconds was a remarkable feat, but they weren’t the only ones in their class laying down slick numbers on the stopwatch. So too was Mojo with Nissan Supercar team owners Rick and Todd Kelly among the team. They too raced under the previous class record, but unfortunately weren’t quick enough to overhaul their closest rival.
Meanwhile Sportspage were streets ahead of their competitors, but the class came alive in the battle for second and third as Illusion Down Under and The Axen were separated by 20 seconds on the line.
Other winners during the afternoon session were Brimstone Racing in Unlimited Inboard Expert, Watersports Marine in the Unlimited Outboard Expert class, Still Crazy won 8 Litre Expert, as The Enforcer finished top of the chart in 6 Litre Expert.
Speed Lab edged out Hardback Racing by five seconds to win MOC Expert, while Public Enemies and Showbiz won Stock 6 Litre Expert and F2 Expert respectively.
Of the up-and-coming female skiers, Brooke Langham and Emma Wymer topped their class in the 16-19 Girls Expert.
You can see FULL RESULTS from the weekend HERE.

By |2018-10-17T10:08:08+00:00February 11th, 2018|