Team Seagate has successfully defended their title with a scorching finish at the GODZone adventure race in Queenstown this morning.
The team led by Nelson’s Nathan Fa’avae, the reigning adventure racing World Champions, completed the demanding course in a touch over 75 hours.
Fa’avae was joined in Team Seagate by Sophie Hart, Chris Forne and Trevor Voyce.
Race Director Adam Fairmaid says the team never lost the lead during the 513km race and came into the event as the ones to beat.
“They were ready to take on anyone who challenged them.
“This has been an extraordinary result from Team Seagate who’ve given a faultless performance from day one. They were chased all the way by Team Harraways Oats who at times looked likely to threaten them but really Seagate had what it takes to win.”
Team Seagate came across the finish line at Pinewood Lodge in Queenstown at 9.35am, cheered on by family, friends and followers and welcomed by GODZone race directors Adam Fairmaid and Warren Bates.
Fairmaid says they finished about five hours ahead of predictions and deserved the $10,000 winnners’ cheque.
“They’ve also been crowned the New Zealand Adventure Racing Champions, which was open to all Kiwi racing teams and received an additional $3000.”
Fa’avae refused champagne at the finish but had plenty to say about how hard the event had been.
“It was a tough course out there, some stunning areas but certainly in some ways more brutal than last year – at times we were really struggling. There was great pressure from behind and we felt we were just doing enough to claw through it.
“One of the big things was the heat – certainly in the middle of the day it was pretty taxing out in the open areas.”
On winning a second year in a row, Nathan was philosophical about their approach to GODZone.
“I guess with our team at the moment there is a challenge in finishing these races but probably the biggest challenge for us is finishing faster than the other teams so it’s good to come here with that goal and achieve it – we’re pretty tired now but it’s been a great adventure.”
The team now starts planning for the World Adventure Racing Championship in Costa Rica at the end of the year.
GODZone was the first race of the year for Team Seagate which now focuses on events in China and Brazil before the World Champs.“