Top 15 set for the fight for Barry Carne title

Skier Kris Knights has laid down the fastest time during qualification for tomorrow’s Barry Carne Interstate Challenge final, dropping the hammer with his Tempered team of Andrew Davis and Kevin Boylan on Lake Albert.
The trio finished just over 25 seconds ahead of nearest challenger Thundernuts, with the Top Gun team finishing third. In total the fastest 15 boats of the 28 who took on the challenge of the qualifying transferred to the tomorrow’s final, including top ranked female skier Maddi Boyer and her Boystress team.
While plenty of teams put in smart times, it was Knights – who has starred throughout the 2017/2018 River Classics events with victories in the Grafton Bridge to Bridge, Sydney Bridge to Bridge, Southern 80 and Robinvale 80 – who could not be stopped on the compact Wagga Wagga course.
“Wagga being a small and busy circuit, the first few laps are good, but the last few we had a bit of traffic and needed to make our way through that,” Knights said of today’s win.
“It was good to get the fastest qualifier today and a really good start. But tomorrow it is 15, not five laps so there is a bit of work to do.
“Passing your competition, like we did today, can spur you on. But at times blowing the doors off your competition can sometimes make you feel that you’re skiing too fast.”
While Knights may have won four of Australia’s most iconic River Classic races this season, today he took the qualifying win with a new boat and team. His next focus is tomorrow’s main event.
“It was a new team today, Don (Merc Force owner/driver Don Gulley) couldn’t make the trip, so I jumped in with Tempered, but I’ve still got Boylo (Kevin Boylan) in the seat and having my number one observer with me was the only reason I still went ahead with it all,” he said.
“If we get a good pole for tomorrow, the plan will be to get out and get some fast laps done and then consolidate from there, but it all depends on the draw now.”
Lining up for the highly anticipated final alongside Knights, Lloyd Woolman (Thundernuts), Codie Rigg (Top Gun) and Boyer will be talent in the form of Ray Ball and Superbad,Cameron Osborne with Stinga F1 and Chelsea Blight – the only other female skier to crack into the final. She will be on the ropes for Brute Force.
Other finalists were Tyson Heathcote for Reactor, Brendan Tidswell and Temper 2, Carter Robertson for Robertson Racing, Jacob Hinterholzl for Illusions Racing, Tom Perry for Race Marine and Billy Pracey for Fastlane.
The 15thteam in the final will be Dragon with Robert Lee on the skis. Their admission comes following the withdrawal of ORSM Racing.
The other competition in play today was the interstate battle between NSW and Victoria. That duel sees the cumulative score of teams representing either state totalled across the weekend to declare an overall winner.
At the conclusion of today’s racing the Victorian’s led the tally with 40 points to the 34 of NSW.
Action for the final day of racing at the 2018 Barry Carne Interstate Challenge is scheduled to commence at 8:45am on Sunday May 13, 2018 at Lake Albert in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

By |2018-11-28T02:19:38+00:00May 12th, 2018|