Chief rules the young experts

February 13, 2018

Chief returns to the boat ramp during the Southern 80. Photo by Luke Hemer.

CHIEF lived up to its name in the Junior Boys Expert class, winning by 23 seconds.

Coming all the way from Rowville, Melbourne for the Southern 80, the team of Darren Laub (driver), Robert Bertram (observer), Tate Laub and Jake Rawe (skiers) asserted their dominance in the race.

Their time of 36 minutes, 54 seconds wasn’t quite good enough to trouble the record time of 32 minutes, 43 seconds, set back in 2015 by Brimstone, but it was enough to claim victory in 2018.

Chief skier Jake Rawe said although the race was a long one, the end result was certainly worth the wait.

‘‘It was a pretty good race. It was a bit tiring but I’m very happy with the time,’’ he said.

Rawe said there were a few parts of the race he was unsure about, but as he is new to the sport, just kept going and believed the win would come.

‘‘It was a bit choppy on some corners but it was pretty fun. It’s awesome (ski racing). I think it’s just good to see that we’re coming up through the ranks and I’m just enjoying it now,’’ he said.

Second in the race was Hooligan, in a time of 37 minutes, 17 seconds. Rounding out the top three was The Player, in 37 minutes, 49 seconds.

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