Stinga smashing the President's Dash time by more than six seconds was one of three records broken on Saturday.By Geordie Cowan
Three records fell in an entertaining day’s racing on Saturday during the Southern 80.
Stinga made the most of its first race of the weekend to take more than six seconds off the President’s Dash record.
The team, comprising Greg Houston, Kevin Boylan, Ben Hackett and Jack Houston, became the first boat to finish the event in less than seven minutes.
Second and third-placed Burnin and Temper also finished in times good enough to break the previous record, while Thundernuts finished fourth.
Four teams broke the existing record in 200hp outboard social, with winners Messy Racing smashing it by more than a minute.
The team of Tony and Georgia Mithen, Echuca’s Nathan Evans and Mac Batchelor completed the event in 42:05.44, ahead of fellow record-breakers Saintn, Sky High and No Fear.
Robertson Racing took 1.72 seconds off the sub-junior social record as it flew home in a time of 9:16.28, with the team of Brad, Matt and Cooper Robertson and Luke Harrison breaking the record Rush set in 2011.
The highly competitive 60mph social class was won by Burn N Wood (10:47.94) from Nailed and Head Hunter, while Roughnutz won 70mph social, less than six seconds ahead of runner-up General Lee and third-placed Silent Witness.
Carlton Dry Racing won the first event of the weekend, the unlimited inboard social, ahead of last year’s winner Frantic.
Moama’s Peter Ralph drove Cinders to glory in the 5.2 and 6 litre social event, finishing in a time of 38:39 — one of only two competitors to finish out of the six which entered the class.
Echuca boat Little Man, driven by Shaun Tomkins, with Tongala’s Garry McConnell observing and Echuca’s Jai Welch skiing, finished third in SMOC social.
The class had one of the closest results of the day, with winner The Specimen finishing just one second ahead of Sonic Boats.
Unlimited outboard social saw 99 Psycho Clowns Team 4 a comfortable winner, ahead of Showbiz and Sidewinder, while Wasted Nights, with Ben Pearse skiing, won stock 6 litre social.
Moama’s Peter Woolman and Zoe Stratton were comfortable winners with Wet N Wild in open women social, finishing more than two minutes ahead of their nearest competitors.
Echuca’s Leo Welch suffered a heartbreaking loss in the veterans class, as Sealord Mistress lost out to Prime Time by just 0.59 of a second, with The Syndicate a close third.
Toey As went close to the record time in senior social 30-39 to claim a victory, while Se7en F1 was a comfortable winner in junior social.
Thirsty Racing won the disabled class and Poker Face was too good in tadpoles, with the Moama team of Neville Barnes, Nathan Batchelor and Billy Barnes runner-up.
Employees of Shepparton Safeway added their weight to a campaign to stop people sending text messages while driving.
May 2013 will be forever remembered as the month soccer truly become an integral part of the junior sporting culture in Yarrawonga.
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
Campaspe Shire councillors met at 1pm today to adopt the draft Budget in Echuca.
A Shepparton firm has been awarded part of the $2.2 million Rochester Reserve project contract.
Campaspe Shire Council's draft budget released today is pitched on delivering three key focus areas - people, place and prosperity.
Seymour were beaten by 45 points in the grand final replay against Tatura at Kings Park on Saturday.
Graham Gene Potter, 55, has been on the run since 2010 and police believe he could be in the Riverina area.
A pair of Costerfield farmers remain concerned about the quality of their water supply should a mine build its proposed evaporation ponds nearby.
Cobram fruit growers sacked by SPC Ardmona remain in limbo as they wait for confirmation on assistance packages they hope will help relieve the pressure of lost business.
A two-car crash in Deniliquin yesterday saw two people taken to the Deniliquin Hospital.
About 1000 SPC Ardmona workers, orchardists, politicians and community members rallied at Shepparton Showgrounds last Thursday to support local fruit growers and processors.
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