The 99 Psycho Clowns Racing crew of Wayne Mawer (skier), Daniel McMahon (driver) and Ian Baker have won Race 2 of the inaugural Nautilus Marine Ski Racing Championship, as part of the Celebrate Redcliffe Festival.
The win follows victory in Race 1 and sees the team establish an eight point lead over the runner-up, Superman, in the race for the $25,000 championship prize.
The Superman team of Daniel Graziano (skier), Darren McGuire (driver) and Brett Armstrong (observer) made the most of pole position in the early stages establishing a good lead over 99 Psycho Clowns Racing in second place.
As Superman ran around the inside of the four-kilometre course, 99 Psycho Clowns dropped back in the hope of finding a way past the leader.
At around two-thirds race distance Superman was forced to a wider line to pass some slower boats, which was all the incentive Daniel McMahon, at the wheel of 99 Psycho Clowns, needed as he swooped to the inside.
The two ran side-by-side along the back straight, before McMahon’s inside line paid off around the final two bends and the 99 Psycho Clowns slipped between Superman and the lapped F2 boat of Melt Down coming three wide onto the main straight.
From there, 99 Psycho Clowns would not be headed, gradually extending the lead to take out its second race in a row.
“We were stuck on the outside and they were able to dictate terms really,” said Daniel McMahon. “I saw a little window on the inside, so we backed off a bit, let them go and we took the inside run – and prayed that the traffic would work in our favour.
“It was a struggle at some times and we got pinned in once, but it all paid off in the end. As soon as we dropped back I thought I was going to cop it from the guys when we got in if I stuffed it up, but it worked for us so I shouldn’t get yelled at.”
Behind, Mark Weaver and Burnin prevailed in a tight battle between the Noel Griffin Racing team mates for the final step on the podium, with Grant Turner and Blazen coming in fourth. Merc Force rounded out the top five in the outright classifications.
In the F2 class, Team 50 with Daniel Cotton was the first boat home ahead of F2 Wild and Justin Cadden, while Trudi Stout took out the F1 Women’s class with Twenty Four, and Leanne Campbell was the winner in F2 Women behind Tuff N Ruff.
Wayne Mawer, 99 Psycho Clowns Racing
“Our plan was to just stay with Superman at the start – if you lose them at the start it’s so hard to get back because you’ve got to go through too much rubbish to get there. It was basically up to Dan [McMahon]; once he saw an opportunity he had to take it because we wouldn’t have made it around the outside – they were just going to hold us wider and wider. It was a risk to drop back, but it was a calculated one as to whether you can get back in such a short race. After today, anyone can win this championship, but you’ve got to be in position and be prepared to take a few risks – conservative won’t work.”
Daniel Graziano, Superman
“I’m not disappointed one bit to finish second. Wayne and Peter Procter are the pinnacle of the sport at the moment – they’re in a league of their own. I’ve worked as hard as I possibly can to get where I am at the moment, and to go with Wayne and stick it to him – I know he didn’t do it easy, so there’s no shame to come second to a bloke like that. We hoped we could outrun them there, and the boys said we got a bit of a jump on them for a bit but they came back at us hard. We gave it everything we had.”
Mark Weaver, Burnin
“We didn’t have any big ambitions going into it, so I’m really happy to be on the podium. You’ve got to make decisions out there in a split second and, once you’ve made them, you’ve got to live with them – sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t. Each race in this format is getting better and better for me – I’m feeling more confident and getting in a better headspace about doing these speeds and hopefully we’re in a good spot for the championship.”
Standings after two races of the Nautilus Marine Ski Racing Championship:
1) 99 Psycho Clowns Racing, Wayne Mawer – 50 pts
2) Superman, Daniel Graziano – 42 pts
3) Burnin, Mark Weaver – 38 pts
4) Merc Force, Jake Tegart – 32 pts
5) Blazen, Grant Turner – 30 pts
The next round of the Nautilus Marine Ski Racing Championship is at Geelong’s Corio Bay in Victoria on 24-25 November. Visit www.awsrc.com.au for more information on the series.