Victorious Upton shocks field
SECOND-time racer Mitch Upton upset the field at the Central Queensland Personal Watercraft Club Jet Ski race day at Awoonga Dam at the weekend, when he powered to his first-ever win.
Conditions were ominous early on Sunday and heat times reflected the choppy weather. Track times varied from 1:48:63 to 2:27:88.
As the water smoothed, the times dropped in rapid succession to see Steven Taylor post a blistering 1:33:54 on his Yamaha FZR for three laps of the 400-500m (per lap) course.
Taylor’s time left the following four competitors falling at least seven seconds shy of his mark before Upton and his Seadoo RXT-X 255 bested Taylor by close to two seconds with his 1:31:81.
First-time racer Josh Brown also kept his nose in the running with a 1:37:53 result from the heat.
Round five saw Taylor go .02 of a second faster than Upton, but Upton went one better to narrowly miss going under the 1:30:00 mark.
Upton and Taylor moved to the five-lap final alongside Josh Brown, Hayden Brown and Chris Jones, and, electing to race first, Upton competed the first three laps in 1:28:00 on his way to recording a time of 2:27:94 for the entire course.
Taylor and Josh Brown both incurred 10-second penalties for missing a buoy, putting them out of contention as they finished 2:44:03 and 2:51:40 respectively.
Jones slotted into second position with his Yamaha FZS’ time of 2:42:00. Hayden Brown looked certain to slot into the top two and even better Upton’s time before being flung from the ski to leave him in fifth place.
The event also saw its first female competitor in Sharon Firth, who posted her fastest time of 1:47:60 in the final heat to avoid the wooden spoon.
CQPWC president Brett Harris said he hoped to get a ladies category up and running in time for their September 19 race day.
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The event also saw its first female competitor in Sharon Firth