Extra skiers help

February 13, 2017

Sportspage in the 2017 Southern 80.

IT might not have been the best run on Saturday for Dean Johns in the social class, but he was confident in a better run ahead of the President’s Dash.

It was Ashley and Nathan Gliddon’s first run on the skis in almost eight years and Johns said they found it tough.

The team finished unlimited inboard social class in the slowest time 14.24, almost six minutes behind the next fastest.

However, he was confident his last-minute expert skiers Darren Stapleton and Troy Evans would bring him home a strong finish in the President’s Dash.

‘‘They haven’t skied with me before so the Dash will be a good way to determine we go in the 8 litre class on Sunday,’’ he said.

Johns had heard of them among the racing world and it was through word of mouth the team was put together.

‘‘We wanted it to be just a gentle run for the skiers to see where everyone was at,’’ he said.

‘‘Hopefully it will be enough to put us in with a good chance in the 8 litre.’’

The team, including observer Sam Horne, finished the Dash in 8.54 after receiving a one-minute time penalty.

He originally hoped to be in the top 20 for a start on Sunday, but the time put him in 30 overall.

It made little difference in the end with the race called off, but Johns now has two more skiers to add to his list for next year.

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