Like one glass of red is never enough, I was back for more.
Keighley had worked Saturday, I was 50/50 on making the 600 km round trip for another hour of mud and splash.
The weather was also in question after Wellington's south coast had been slammed by weather not seen since the Wahini disaster.
Wanaka and Central Otago had snow too.
So I drove the 3 hours with snow chains at the ready, but alas they stayed inside the truck.
Matt & Trudy were once again gracious hosts with excellent coffee, muesli, toast, cheese toasty sandwiches and muesli bars all on tap before the leisurely start of 2.30pm.
A different location this week around the Forester Park - just up the valley from the steepest street in the Wooooooooooooooooooorld.
Great course: tar seal, muddy walking track, bark garden, uphill walk/carry, culverts to cross, plywood covering the same culvert down the hill (slidey slidey), singletrack in the Spooky Forest, tight turns and the BMX track......
Not surprisingly Scott Lyttle again lapped me - but only once this time.
Maybe he was toying with me like a cat does a mouse, maybe I had him strung out and he was on the ropes ?
Guess we'll find out in Race 3.
Mechanicals played havoc with a couple of locals before the start with punctures, mud ate most everyone's traditional brake pads away during the race.
My prediction is that next year disc brakes will be the norm, not the exception.
Wellington & Christchurch hosted their first races the same day and had good turnouts - no mention of Fight Club though.
Round 3 is ooking good with the import controls being relaxed to allow a couple of Cantabs in da house.