Hellrazor on track at Mildura 100

A RECORD time in this afternoon's Dash For Cash will see Hellrazor be first away in tomorrow's Mildura 100.

"I'm thinking because we take off early in the day tomorrow that we will get some really good conditions." - Hellrazor observer Damien Matthews.

The four-time Mildura 100 champions will start alongside Superman in tomorrow's race in the new two-away format, which has been introduced for the first time this year.

Hellrazor, who will be looking to become the first team to win five Mildura 100 titles tomorrow, took out the Dash For Cash in a time of 4min 34:14sec, breaking their record time from 2011 by three seconds.

Superman finished 15 seconds behind Hellrazor in a time of 4min 49:58sec, while Merc Force rounded out the top three just one second behind.

Hellrazor observer Damien Matthews said today's conditions on the Murray were good for skiing.

"There were a couple of patches that were a little unsettled but most of it was pretty clean," Matthews said.

"I'm thinking because we take off early in the day tomorrow that we will get some really good conditions.

"Coming back on the return leg, we will probably have pretty similar conditions coming back than what we had today."

Matthews said the two-away format would create some exciting racing for spectators.

"It is also more challenging as a competitor to make sure you keep your skis safe away from other boats rooster tails and spray," he said.

"It should show a pretty good spectacle.

"Some people like it and some people don't but I think it will be the future of ski racing.

"One away is probably a little bit safer but it becomes a time-trial, whereas this format brings it back into an actual race."

Hellrazor observer Mark Cranny said the team was not focused on breaking the Mildura 100 record tomorrow.

Gods Gift (1994, 1996-1998) and The Sting (1999-2002) are the only two other teams to have won four Mildura 100 titles in the race's 42-year history.

"What were trying to focus on is getting a win here tomorrow and get the King of the Murray," Cranny said.

"We'll try and tie down the win and if we get the record, it would be a good record to have.

"It's not our ultimate goal, we think we're good enough to win so we just need to be steady and not do anything silly."

Teams will leave from the Mildura Ski Club at 8.30am tomorrow and are due to return about 12pm from the turn-around point at Wickets.

Presentations of all classes will be held about 4pm. 

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