Top Gun has fired its last shot in the big race

February 13, 2017

Top Gun driven by Russell Lewis with observer Clifford Bamford during the Southern 80. Photo Luke Hemer.

TOP Gun may have raced its final Southern 80 with plans to sell the boat within the next year.

Skier Craig Gordon said the boat’s driver Russell Lewis wasn’t keeping the boat and he would have to find another team for next year.

‘‘But I’ll definitely be back again next year,’’ he said.

‘‘And hopefully get some better results.’’

Top Gun left from Torrumbarry Weir ahead of Merc Force and Superman, but had a lot of ground to make up from 15th position.

Merc Force had an even greater task from 16th, but were able to pass Top Gun in the early stages and soar to the finish line in a winning time.

‘‘We knew Merc Force were in it to win and stopped to let them past,’’ Gordon said.

‘‘There was always a chance for them to take it out, Stinga did it a few years back, and if anyone could do it the Merc Force team could.’’

Gordon said he wasn’t happy with his own time and would’ve liked to have knocked a couple of minutes off from the final 34.33.

‘‘The cooler weather definitely helped,’’ Gordon said.

‘‘But it was still choppy out there which made the course unpredictable — a lot different from yesterday’s conditions.

‘‘About mid-way through the race the wind picked up, but it flattened out a bit towards the end.’’

Top Gun finished fifth overall in the superclass with two boats not finishing.

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