Mercury racing as Dingli overhauls BulletProof in Mildura
A stunning Easter Saturday has played host to the social classes at the iconic Mildura 100 – the last river classic of the 2018/19 ski racing season.
Temperatures on the riverbank climbed into the mid 30’s as ORSM Racing, towing Blake Dingli one-up, threw down a sensational second leg to complete the 100km trip from Mildura District Ski Club to Wickets Sandbar and back in 39mins 01.79secs – the fastest time of the session.
Second home on the day was BulletProof (39:22.41 – class record) from Synthetic (40.38.11), the pair taking the top two spots in the U6 litre inboard class.
The first leg had seen BulletProof build up a 30 second lead on ORSM Racing, with Synthetic a further six seconds back, but Dingli and his crew of driver Jason Dingli and observer Jack Heather proved way too slick on the windy return journey.
In the social women’s event, the family squad of Greg (driver), Bryson (observer) and Lesley (skier) Toole teamed with Tayla Stent and Mercury Racing (50:24.42) to take the win by almost four minutes from ILLUSIONS Racing, ensuring a Southern 80, Robinvale and Mildura 100 season treble.
The Tooles, who have a house in Mildura that Bryson lives in, commute back to Australia for the river classics from their home in Hong Kong and their success this year has made all the travel worth it.
The crew normally race with their own boat Esky Mojo but today they borrowed Ian Tricker’s social boat Mercury Racing after Greg correctly predicted the windy conditions after studying the weather report earlier in the week.
Brute Force (42:.40) took out the unlimited inboard event, while Floor-It (53:34.69) came up trumps in the unlimited outboard category.
The 70mph class was perhaps the most competitive on the day with 15 boats facing the starter and it was Friction who took the win.
The closest race if the day was in the U12 girl’s with Killa Clowns beating Elm St F2 and Reactor by just six seconds over the return leg only course. The latter pair were split by a mere quarter of a second for the minor places.
In other social classes:
- Peppered Bullet claimed the SMOC outboard
- the F2 social went to Velocity Racing
- Cosmos took out the U16 boy’s and 99 Psycho Clowns the U16 girl’s
- Split Decision finished first in the U14 boy’s and Boystress the U14 girl’s
- Smoken Mirrors Racing won the U12 boy’s
- Aggression proved too good in the 60mph
All the social class RESULTS can be found HERE
The action continues from around 230pm with the Bullfish Seafood Bar & Grill Top 40 Shootout. Tomorrow’s Mildura 100, sponsored by G1 Logistics, begins at 9am AEST.