THAT'S POWERFUL STUFF: Nigel Newitt shows the technique which has made him the overall Australian champion.
THAT'S POWERFUL STUFF: Nigel Newitt shows the technique which has made him the overall Australian champion. Contributed GLA010318CHAINSAW

Newitt has had cutting edge at nationals

THE juggernaut continues when it comes to the Gladstone region producing champions.

The latest is a bloke from Tannum Sands and he has literally cut his way to stardom interstate just recently.

 

Nigel Newitt
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Nigel Newitt soared to top place as overall champion at the 2018 National Chainsaw Racing Titles in Tenterfield, New South Wales.

"There's a few different disciplines where one is cutting fence posts and then there's different races in speed cutting where you cut three wheels off a log in a stand and that's where I got all my points," he said.

 

Nigel Newitt
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Newitt said he has won other single-event championships, but the titles, which was also a part of the Tenterfield Show, was his biggest accomplishment.

"We had a national titles at the Mt Larcom Show two years ago and I won a couple of single events there as well," he said.

 

Nigel Newitt
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The Tenterfield titles ran for three days and Newitt explained the format.

"The first day was qualifying heats and then on the Saturday and Sunday were the finals of the different classes of race that we done," Newitt said.

 

Nigel Newitt
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"On the Saturday I didn't do real well and I only picked up a second."

But is was a super Sunday as Newitt more than made up for his 'low standards Saturday'.

"On the Sunday, I managed to pick up two firsts which were all national title events," he said.

"That was enough for me to get overall points."

A maximum of four points were given to the winner and three points were awarded to competitors who were in second place.

 

Nigel Newitt
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Newitt was among approximately 60 competitors at the event and he explained machine maintenance and physical fitness were important facets toward a successful man-machine formula.

"There's a lot of work in the shed as well with sharpening and tuning and all the rest of it," he said.

Newitt also spends time in the gym and luck also plays its part in the sport.