Friers shipshape for Aus champs

Chris and Brendan Friers’ boat The Good Guys.
Chris and Brendan Friers’ boat The Good Guys. Andrew Gricks Photography

A FAULTLESS test session has Mackay boat, The Good Guys, in great shape for the next round of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships.

Piloted by brothers Chris and Brendan Frier, The Good Guys will contest the fourth series at Redcliffe this weekend.

The Frier brothers have enjoyed an exceptional series to date and are the leaders in the Supercat 1000 Class after three rounds.

"The boat went really well ... no faults," Brendan Frier told the Daily Mercury after the testing session.

"We tried a few different things with the gearing and stuff like that, and it all paid off.

"Fingers crossed we can come away with another win this weekend.

"It's the fourth round, half way there and at the top of the board and we just have to keep doing what we're doing, and see how we go at the end of the weekend."

The test session enabled the Frier brothers to further familiarise themselves with the boat's new props.

"We got some new props in the lead up rounds to Mackay and Townsville, and didn't really get a chance to test them as much as we'd like to," Frier said.

"We were sort of more just race mode and couldn't go too hard because we still weren't used to them yet.

"But Friday was a good chance to get out there and try a bit of different gearing with them as well as the new props."

The brothers have learnt quickly and bounced back strongly after they rolled the boat in Townsville last year.

The incident has enabled them to feel their boundaries with the boat.

"The limits we could push the boat and each other," Frier said.

Wins at the start of the season also served to boost their confidence.

"So a combination of rolling the boat, knowing its limits and knowing each others' limits, and then coming off with a couple of wins just picked up our morale and let us work a little bit better together so to speak," Frier said.

"We're pushing the boat further and further each time we race now and feeling new limits that we haven't felt before.

"So we're building our confidence really well between each other. I think being brothers helps too." The fourth round will feature an hour-long race.

Topics:  australian offshore superboat championship superboats the good guys

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