Faster than a speeding bullet

February 09, 2018

Superman during the Southern 80. Photo Luke Hemer.

IT IS well documented that Superman has one weakness — kryptonite.

And it seems to be that although Superman can do many things, hurtling into tight corners on the Southern 80 may be this superhero’s weakness.

At least that is the prediction given by the official Southern 80 magazine. It paints Superman as highly-successful on other courses and throughout last year, but says it won’t be its year this time around.

‘‘A strong contender on more open rivers, winner of past H120 (Hawkesbury 120), Sydney Bridge to Bridge and Ted Hurley races, but will struggle on this tight circuit,’’ it states.

Superman will be driven by Darren McGuire, with a F1 Force hull and 540 twin turbo Chevrolet engine.

Brett Armstrong will be in the passenger seat observing the action, with Daniel Graziano and Daniel Cotton out the back on the skis.

The team behind Superman has had a successful season with wins in the Hawkesbury 120 and Ted Hurley Classic, as well as a second-place finish in the Sydney Bridge to Bridge.

Skier Daniel Graziano represented Australia in the world titles last year

Superman will compete in the Baker’s Blitz and superclass races and is part of the six teams going for glory, hoping to knock Merc Force off its perch at the top of the rankings. Hailing from Dubbo, this NSW-based team has made the 600km journey south to ensure it is competing for top honours in this year’s event.

And the members are four of more than 1000 competitors in this year’s event. Dubbo is one of the 328 towns and cities that will be represented over the three days.

The team is hungry for line honours and will be pushing for glory in this year’s race.

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