Wheels beat blades in race
Fri, 25 May 2012 7:50a.m.
It was wheels versus blades as a Proton rally car faced a helicopter in a three race challenge Down Under.
The third annual Chopper Chase race was part of the festivities launching this weekend's International Rally of Queensland on Australia's Sunshine Coast.
This year's best of three face-off between an AGL Action Rescue Helicopter and a Proton rally car on the runway at the Sunshine Coast Airport would come down to a third a deciding run.
The first race went to the Proton team driven by Alister McRae of Scotland and P-G Anderson of Sweden while the helicopter evened things up by winning the second, leaving Andersson and the chopper one last duel for the title.
After getting a good start, the Swede held off the helicopter through the 360 turn at the midpoint of the runway then made the turn at the end and headed for home, winning by several lengths.
It is the second win for the Proton having taken home the trophy in 2010 and the Sunshine Coast Airport-based helicopter claiming it back in 2011.
Andersson did admit afterwards he only did half the 360 he was supposed to do midway through the race, but says a good rally driver is always looking for a shortcut.
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28/05/2012 10:19:01 a.m.
AGL Action Rescue Helicopter wrote:
The Chief Pilot was flying and has been making his excuses for losing the race.
The most plausible so far is that he was penalised by having to carry all the medical gear in case of a call-out. But I don't think the guys will let him get away with it that easily.
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