Brothers defy tough seas

The Good Guys, driven by Chris and Brendan Frier, almost leaves the water as it hits big seas.
The Good Guys, driven by Chris and Brendan Frier, almost leaves the water as it hits big seas. Andrew Gricks Photography

MACKAY'S Chris and Brendan Frier defied the roughest conditions of the championship this year to win their class in the offshore superboats series at Melbourne yesterday.

Port Phillip Bay put on its worst weather with 20 knot winds and big seas, causing a fuel line to snap in their boat The Good Guys midway through the race, and they failed to finish.

However consistent performances over the series had given the Friers a big lead, and they finished 150 points ahead of Team 3 from the Gold Coast.

"We had a few moments out there today," Brendan Frier said from Melbourne yesterday.

"We almost lost it a few times, it was pretty hairy.

"It's not the way you want to go out (with a DNF) but that's the way it is with this big machinery, little gremlins can stop you."

The Friers finished third in their first year and second last season, and are looking to compete in an expanded series next year.

"They're looking at a few new venues over at Perth and South Australia, they're looking to broaden the range of the series," Brendan said.

"They're also gearing up for overseas, with races likely in America in 2013."

Races in the series are also expected in Mackay and Townsville again next year.

Topics:  melbourne superboats water sports

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