In a result which clearly shows their superiority, Mercury race engines have powered home every winner in the inaugural Nautilus Marine Ski Racing Championship.
When the final two races were completed at Newcastle Harbour over 26-27 January, Mercury engines stood alone with six wins from six categories in the Championship.
With a Mercury Racing QC4V 1350 sterndrive providing the power, 99 Psycho Clowns clinched the major prize – the F1Men’s title and $25,000 in prize money.
Dual World Champion Skier Wayne Mawer, driver Daniel McMahon and observer Ian Baker had built such a commanding lead over the first four races that two second places in the final rounds in Newcastle were enough to secure the grand prize.
With six wins from six races Trudi Stout took out the F1 Women’s crown teamed with the crew from Twenty Four which boasts a Mercury 1200 Sci.
The other four titles were all won by boats powered by Mercury’s race-proven OptiMax 300 XS outboards.
Australian World Champion Leanne Campbell and the Tuff N Ruff team clinched the Women’s F2 crown with a win in the final event.
Team 50 and skier Daniel Cotton claimed the honours in the Men’s F2, maintaining their series long dominance.
Mitch Mulcahy and Shamick Racing managed podium finishes for all three of their races over the weekend to claim the highly competitive Junior Boys’ title.
While Rachel Stapleton powered home behind 99 Psycho Clowns Racing F2 to claim the Junior Girls’ crown.
“There’s absolutely no doubt this has been a great series,” said Guy Williamson, Mercury’s Director of Service and Quality.
“Shorter, more intense races over three meetings, big crowds and a pure dominance by Mercury engines.
“Why did we collect six-out-of-six titles in such a fiercely contested championship?
“Because we have the experience of building world class race engines. We design and build them from the ground up to race and that’s why we win time and again.”