The Drak Challenge took place January 22nd and 23rd 2016
Overnight leaders Andy Birkett and Abby Solms were in a league of their own throughout the second stage of the 2016 N3TC Drak Challenge as they completed the successful defence of their men’s and women’s titles.
In a day that saw then men’s top ten shaken up dramatically when second placed Hank McGregor was forced to withdraw early on battling with a stomach ailment, Birkett (Euro Steel) stayed out of trouble, kept things simple and powered away from the rest of the star-studded field.
“I am thrilled to have won it again,” said Birkett. “It feels special to have been successful in the last few races because I actually gave the race a break because I was having such bad luck on it!”
“My plan was to go hard for ten or fifteen kilometres to try and extend the ten second lead I had over Hank (McGregor),” he added. “I thought something was wrong because right from the start I was able to suddenly put a lot of time between myself and Hank. It must have been tough for him to even start of he was feeling that bad.”
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