High five for dominant Hellrazor team

HELLRAZOR created Mildura 100 history yesterday, becoming the first team to take out the ski race classic five consecutive times.

Hellrazor, driven by Mark Cranny with observer Damien Matthews and skiers Peter Proctor and Jason Walmsley, finished the race in a time of 31min 33sec.

The win also saw them take out the 2014 King of the Murray title, worth $2000, after achieving the most amount of points at the Mildura 100, Southern 80, Robinvale Euston 80 and the Berri 100. 

Cranny told Sunraysia Daily the win was “very special” for the team.

“You never get sick of that winning feeling,” Cranny said.

“That’s what ski racing is all about. To get one is good, but to get five in a row is pretty awesome.”

Cranny said conditions were “excellent” for ski racing. 

“It was nice and cool going down this morning,” he said.

“The temperature coming back was just perfect and the boys on the skis probably respond to that as well.

“We needed to win today to get the King of the Murray, and that was probably more important, from my perspective.”

Cranny, a ski racing veteran, said he had not thought it would have been possible to win five Mildura 100 titles in a row.

“It never really came into my calculations, I was more interested in winning one because it escaped us for six or seven years,” he said. “We had been bridesmaid a few times and we always struggled to get a boat up and back.

“Technology and the team improves, and it’s the old adage of the harder you work the luckier you get.”

Cranny said the team had been successful due to its commitment to each other.

“We are very responsive to each others ideas and we respect each other; if someone says something we listen to each other,” he said.

“We are a very tight team and I think it has showed through over the years.

“The King of the Murray is very hard to win with the points system.

“Once again, we were bridesmaid so many times in that, too, and we missed out by one or two points.

“It is just very special.”

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