From a beer tent to being Australia's best jet sprinters
WE HAVE the new Australian champions. The winners. The country's number one husband and wife team. The fastest 350-class jet boaters in the nation.
"It's absolutely fantastic. A dream come true," newly crowned Australian Formula Jet Sprint Association V8 Superboats 350-Class Champion Brett Thornton told the Chronicle.
"From where we kicked off three-years-ago, sitting in the beer tent wondering wouldn't it be nice to be the first in Australia, yeah, it is absolutely fantastic.
"We (my co-driver, navigator and wife, Linda Thornton, and I) are really rapt."
The Thorntons clinched the title following the championship's final round in Temora last weekend.
The victory capped off a heck of a journey that began, as Brett said, three-years-ago in a beer tent and ended in the same place.
In between there was a meteoric rise through the sport's ranks, trophies, crashes, more beer, rookie of the year recognition, suspense and plenty of drama - particularly, Brett said, in the final moments.
"We watched the last race from the hill with a beer in our hand because we'd been pushed out of the top three places," he explained.
"We went, 'Oh we must have lost it then'.
"Then they announced Brett Thornton's the Australian number one."
The Hervey Bay dad said his wife, Linda, also had her crowning moment in the driver's seat of their boat Obsession at Temora.
"She put her foot down hard," he said.
"In the end she beat the chick she wanted to beat.
"I was (in the navigator's seat) giggling like a school-girl all the way round.
"She was just going for it and I was like, 'hang on'. She gets faster each time."