ARKHAM ASYLUM stormed to victory in Saturday’s Barrie Beehag, delivering an Unlimited class record in the process.
It upstaged the Superclass boats, romping to a 27-second win from Pigs Arsenal, Strike Force rounding out the podium.
The Brett Spits-driven boat smashed 28 seconds off the previous record set by 99 Psycho Clowns in 2015, Robbie Skennerton observing with Clancy Vaughan and Troy Barens skiing to victory.
The day ended early for pre-race favourite Merc Force, the in-form team suffering a mechanical failure on the run to Torrumbarry and unable to complete the race.
And a second Superclass boat went down also, Sapphire suffering a broken rope before its day had even started.
Arkham Asylum was the quickest boat to Torrumbarry in 11:21, but took it to another level on the run back to Deep Creek Marina with a blistering 11:00, the fastest split of the day by some distance.
With Merc Force and Sapphire out of action, Pigs Arsenal made the most of its chance, winning Superclass in a time of 22:48 from Strike Force 23 seconds behind.
Leo Welch and his The Mistress team took third in Superclass, a further 18 seconds back.
It was a day for records, with Moama team Sportspage (driver Dean Johns, observer Aaron Martin and skiers Aiden Cuff and Jason Cartledge) winning the Eight Litre Inboard Expert class in 24:35, narrowly breaking a five-year-old record held by Super Slak Racing.
And Echuca’s Mercury Rising (driver Shaun Tomkins, observer Garry McConnell and skiers Michael Boylan and Christopher Maher) made it back-to-back wins in the SMOC Expert class, breaking its own record set last year by 23 seconds.
It was a dominant win for Mercury Rising, smashing the field by more than two minutes.
Moama’s Chosen F2 (driver Wayne Duggan, observer Andrew Hutchins and skiers Keegan Hutchins and Jackson McPhan) took the honours in the MOC Expert class, delivering a 16-second win from second-placed Esky Mojo.
Unlimited class team Brimstone Racing failed to finish after one of its skiers came into contact with a propeller.
He suffered a gash to his thigh and was taken to hospital for stitches.