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Mercury takes SMOC, MOC and F2 in Bridge-to-Bridge Classic
Many regard it as the toughest ski race on the calendar, and Mercury outboards have taken the honours in three key categories in this year's Feros Hotels Sydney Bridge to Bridge classic.
The Bridge to Bridge is legendary because it's so long - contested over 112 kilometres of the Hawkesbury River from Broken Bay to Windsor. Tight corners and long straights demand fine handling, maximum speed and total commitment.
Mercury engines crossed first in the SMOC, MOC and F2 categories.
SMOC is probably the most hotly contested field in ski racing these days, and the big prize was taken out by Vicious Rumours, powered by an OptiMax 250 XS, in 49 minutes 47.21 seconds. That performance was also good enough to give the team seventh place overall.
"SMOC really is ultra-competitive these days and if you don't stay on the throttle the whole way you're out of contention," said Guy Williamson, Mercury's Director - Service & Quality.
That's borne out by the fact less than one minute covered the first three placings in SMOC.
"Andrew Donehue, the driver and owner of Vicious Rumours, did a fabulous job and hammered it the whole way," Guy said. Wayne Duggan and Rys Duggan did the skiing, with Tim Kelly the observer.
In the MOC competition, Twisted took line honours in 47 minutes, 45.96 seconds, an amazing three minutes clear of the competition and good enough for fourth overall.
With a Mercury Pro Max 300X providing the power, Twisted was driven by Chris Affoo. Phil Jeffree was observer, and Ben Jeffree and Cam Mitchell the skiers.
Tuff E Nuff rounded out a great day for Mercury, with a win in F2. Brett Wismantel drove the Mercury 300XS powered boat over the line in 51 minutes, 7.32 seconds - more than two-and-a-half minutes clear - with observer Andrew Fyfe and skiers Jack Houstan and Ben Hackett.
"Mercury outboards are race-bred," Guy said. "When it comes time to perform, they are always there for you."
Across the ski race season, SMOC crews using Mercury engines can collect additional cash if they score a podium finish. For more information on this great opportunity for SMOC ski racers, speak to your nearest Mercury dealer.