Engine woes sees Gerry strike out in Superclass

February 13, 2017

Strike Force loading up at Torrumbarry Weir in the 2017 Southern 80.

BRISBANE-BASED Strike Force came, saw and conked out of this year’s Superclass event.

Driver Gerry Gulley — brother of Merc Force champion Don — said engine trouble cut his Sunday afternoon stint in the cockpit short.

The result was called a did not finish.

‘‘We were having all sorts of fun for about the first 13 minutes, then the boat wanted to slow down and stop,’’ Gerry said.

‘‘We retired and we’re grateful we were okay. Anyone can fix engines. We’d only be guessing until we examine the whole boat as to exactly what went wrong. Further investigations will tell us that.’’

As a whole, though, the boat was preferring the cooler Sunday weather compared to the sizzling Saturday heat.

‘‘It was liking it — or we thought it was,’’ Gerry said.

‘‘There’s still a lot of corners, but the more open and less tight the course, the better this boat’s going to go.’’

Even given consideration of the way that day two ended in tragedy, Gerry was prepared to give it another try in 2018.

‘‘Yeah, we’ll regroup after this but that would be the aim (for next year),’’ he said.

—Ben Carter

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