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Old 28-09-2009, 07:48 PM   #1
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Mercury To Sponsor Ozzie Ski Racing

Quoting from the Ski Racing Australia website:

Mercury puts up big prize money for SMOC (standard motor open cockpit) ski racers

Australia’s up-coming ski racing season will be more competitive than ever with Mercury racing putting more than $10,000 up for grabs.

In the biggest events of the season, SMOC crews using Mercury engines can collect prize-money if they score a podium finish.

First place is worth an additional $750, a second place gets $300 while a third scores $200.

“As everyone knows Mercury is a huge supporter of ski racing in Australia, and this new prize money adds to our already extensive sponsorship and other commitments,” said Mercury’s Guy Williamson.

“SMOC is the most competitive class in the competition at the moment with more than 50 registered teams so we thought we’d really get behind it and spice things up even further.”


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Old 29-09-2009, 08:04 AM   #2
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I wonder if any of this will filter through to us over in the UK? Has anyone asked/approached Merc?

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Old 29-09-2009, 10:26 AM   #3
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"Mercury" put's up the money or the "Australian" Mercury Importer puts up the money !! Given Mercury cancelled all racer support in the US this year I would be surprised if this was Mercury itself.
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Old 29-09-2009, 02:26 PM   #4
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I would guess it is more the importer in a bid to stop people buying the Evinrudes.

Over the last 2-3 years Evinrude have definately made a come back in AUS ski racing, and to an extent here in europe.
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