Hellrazor’s Mark Cranny was all smiles after the team’s Bakers’ Blitz win.By Geordie Cowan
Hellrazor won its second straight Bakers’ Blitz after a superb performance on Saturday, which also qualified it in pole position for yesterday’s successful tilt at yet another Southern 80 title.
Driven by Mark Cranny, with Damian Matthews observing and Peter Procter and Jason Walmsley skiing, Hellrazor finished the blitz in a time of 6:37.53 and was 16 seconds ahead of runner-up Gassa (6:53.80) — the same margin between first and second last year.
The result was even more impressive considering Cranny thought the weather conditions had not allowed his team to perform near its best, but Hellrazor was extremely close to breaking the record set by The Syndicate in 2010 of 6:34.
‘‘We had a really good run,’’ he said.
‘‘The boys (Procter and Walmsley) dug deep.’’
Rain fell at the start of the run, which settled the conditions, but Cranny said it was not all easy.
‘‘It was a bit choppy coming up this last straight and that threw us off a bit, but apart from that it was really good,’’ he said.
‘‘Really happy with what they’ve done.’’
Third place was filled by 99 Psycho Clowns (6:54.52), which had been forced to complete its run after the President’s Dash due to an earlier red flag which saw Blazen skier Grant Turner injured, when the Daniel McMahon-owned boat had been out on course.
Sapphire Racing (6:55.44) was fourth, while fifth-placed Leo Welch proclaimed himself ‘‘really happy’’ after The Sealord Mistress finished in 6:59.76 — the first time it had completed the event in less than seven minutes.
‘‘We just did a sub-seven, so that’s the first time we’ve got into the sixes, so really happy with that,’’ he said.
Superman driver Darren McGuire was extremely pleased with his team’s run, despite losing time when it came upon an empty Blazen during the race.
‘‘Blazen was right in the middle of the river and we weren’t sure if they were in trouble or not, so we slowed right down and we didn’t get any medical flags, so we kept going,’’ he said.
‘‘That cost us a bit of time there, but it was a good run.’’
The team finished sixth in a time of 7:08.13 despite the water being ‘‘a little messy’’, but the driver paid tribute to observer Brett Armstrong and skiers Daniel Graziano and Daniel Cotton.
‘‘It was an awesome run,’’ McGuire said.
‘‘We could’ve gone harder, but we kept it really conservative with races.’’
After Superman came Merc Force (07:08.59), Elm Street (7:11.54), Hellbent (7:15.71), Top Gun (7:30.76), and last year’s runner-up The Syndicate (7:33.25).
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