Owen earns place in Timbersports woodchopping series final
BATHURST on the second weekend of October is normally the domain of the V8 Supercar drivers at Australia's biggest motorsport race.
This year however, Grafton's Chris Owen will be getting revved to perform at his best as part of the famous event.
The 26-year-old last weekend travelled to Sydney and placed fourth in the Australian Stihl Timbersports Series qualifying round and ensure a place in the series final at Bathurst.
Fourth place qualified Owen as a wildcard competitor at Bathurst on October 8-11.
"I was happy with how it all went," he said. "I was hoping to finish fourth or better.
Competing across six disciplines, Owen placed second in the stock saw, third in the standing block and the hot saw, fourth in the single buck and springboard chop, and fifth in the underhand chop.
"That was the first time I have competed in the series so now I know more about what to expect, and I have a better feel for where I need to improve," Owen said.
"I've been down to get timber that is the same as we will be using in Bathurst so I'll be doing plenty of practice."
The next few weeks for Owen will be packed with training in his backyard, mixed with swimming and cardio work to help refine his fitness.
At the final he will compete as one of the bottom eight competitors chasing two places in the 10-man series decider.
"Two of the guys in the bottom eight were in the top 10 last year so it will be tough competition," Owen said.
"I compete against all the guys in the final on the show circuit."