Superclass heavyweights Superman and TR have set up a mouth watering showdown in Sunday’s 2019 Robinvale Euston 80 by fighting out a breathtaking finish in the Robinvale Riverside Caravan Park Superclass Shootout.
On a relatively slow and bumpy course, Superman clocked a 4min 53.426secs to win by a hair from this year’s Southern 80 winner TR in 4:53.458. Fellow superclass entrant Pigs Arsenal were fourth quickest of the afternoon in 5:02.90.
Splitting the superclass boats in third fastest overall and winner of the Top 40 Dash – Jai Welch Memorial was the impressive Stinga 21S in 5:00.91.
So close was the competition between Superman and TR, neither crew knew who had won and neither driver appeared to quite believe how close the result was.
When told of the closeness of the finish, Superman’s driver/owner Darren McGuire grinned and then yelled excitedly “we’ll take it!”.
The victory was the second Superclass Shootout in succession at Robinvale for the team of McGuire, Brett Armstrong and uber-experienced skiers Daniel Cotton and Daniel Graziano. The same quartet won the Robinvale Euston 80 two years ago.
Prior to that win in 2017, Cotton had won the event three times in succession, starting way back in 1999, when he skied behind Showdown, who was driven by Ian Tricker – the current driver of TR.
Finishing second and third in the Top 40 Dash – Jai Welch Memorial behind Stinga 21S were Tempered and Formula One, who had Mitchell Horan skiing one-up.
Merc Force, with Chelsea Blight and Maddison Boyer behind the boat, were the first female skiers across the line, finishing ninth overall and sixth in the Top 40 Dash – Jai Welch Memorial.
Shantelle King, racing one-up behind Superbad was 14th overall.
The Junior Dash was taken out by No Bull F21, from Double Trouble and Thundernuts 500.
RESULTS FROM THE SHOOTOUT AND DASH ARE HERE
After the power of the Shootout and Dash, there were six single leg events with winners being:
- Monopoly and Alex Handley in disabled
- Esky Mojo in veteran women’s and ILLUSIONS Racing in veteran men’s
- Still Crazy in senior social
- Arkham Asylum F2 in U10 boy’s and Velocity Racing in U10 girl’s
RESULTS FROM THE SINGLE LEG CLASSES ARE HERE
Sunday’s expert class racing starts with the first leg from 9am, with the first boat expected to begin the return journey at 1230pm.