Team Gold Coast Australia have taken out second place in Round 4 of the XCAT World Series here on the Coast.
With a brilliant display of daredevil driving and a good command of the choppy conditions, the Aussies maintained their consistent 2nd placing through each of the laps behind championship leaders Team XDUBAI, who blitzed the field from the start.
“It’s a massive weight off our shoulders and means a lot to the whole team – friends, family, the whole city – I couldn’t be happier,” said Barry-Cotter.
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“Off the start we were sandwiched between XDubai and Team Saracen Australia and we crossed Saracen’s wash, which was a risky move. The bow went up and climbed; we got a good run on them and we went past on the outward leg.”
Team XDUBAI, in an awesome display of superiority, proved why they are the Series leaders, maintaining an average 200 metre lead from Team Gold Coast Australia throughout the race.
“It was not easy but conditions were much better as we came in from the Seaway,” said Nadir Bin Hendi. “We didn’t push like crazy but as soon as the other boats got closer we were pushing it.”
The 20,000 spectators on the shores of the Gold Coast’s Broadwater were on tenterhooks when the race was interrupted in lap four with a spectacular 180 degree flip by Team DUBAI, who suffered the same fate in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run.
The twelve lap format was reduced to ten laps on the back of the race delay that was restarted by the pace boat, with XDUBAI and Team Gold Coast Australia racing back to the lead.
“We smashed our left engine when we were forced to slow down, and it wouldn’t restart,” said Barry-Cotter.
“There were a few moments when we thought we may have to retire but the engines kicked in, after a heart-stopping moment, and we kept going.”
With a TV viewing audience of over 450 million across the globe, the Gold Coast provided the perfect backdrop to this high octane event, delivering exceptional surf conditions to create a challenging course.
Team T-Bone Station, co-piloted by Australian Darren Nicholson and winner of the Speed Cat Run yesterday, experienced engine difficulties early in the race and made a valiant effort to finish the race in 12th place.
In their first official XCAT Race Team Gold Coast Australia were pleased with their start and the valuable 30 points they gained.
Barry-Cotter said: “It gives us a good edge going into the next race and shows that we really mean business. We’ve got a lot of confidence going in but a lot of work ahead.”
Race results for Round 4 of the XCAT World Series, Gold Coast:
- TEAM GOLD COAST AUSTRALIA
- MARINE INVESTMENTI SUD
- LADY SPAIN
- ABU DHABI TEAM
- SWECAT RACING
- GLOBAL MARINE
- TEAM SARACEN AUSTRALIA
- T – BONE STATION