Guzzler fires up and then fizzes at Rockhampton PBR
GOOD bloke and bull rider Guy Ford wants his Professional Bull Rider mates to do well.
Most of the time.
Raised in Capella, the Rockhampton-based electrician delivered a 78-point ride on the back of Gas Guzzler when the Rural Weekly PBR Live Series took over his former stomping ground, Browne Park, on Saturday night.
Featuring in the second section, Ford was the fourth rider to successfully last the required eight seconds in round three of the PBR Live Series.
Ford admitted he wasn't exactly pleased with his score after Gas Guzzler fizzled closing in on the required time.
With 24 riders yet to push their case for inclusion in the top 10, Ford admitted he wasn't sure whether he'd done enough.
"He was good at the start, he spun good, and then at about seven seconds he headed out and across and I probably lost about three or four points because of that," he said. "I was (sweating) mate, ridiculously.
"I was hoping my mates were going to ride the last two bulls, but I was pretty happy they didn't so I had a shot to win it but it wasn't meant to be."
He did just enough, qualifying in 10th for the championship round and drawing Dunne Bulls' Mudslide.
Leading the championship round, Ford managed to last 4.88 seconds before he was thrown off, ending his hopes of a top-three finish.
New Zealander Fraser Babbington was the only successful rider in the championship shoot-out, taking out his second consecutive PBR Live Series round after winning in Mackay last weekend.
Ford believed he'd drawn the bull that had the potential to catapult him to the top of the standings.
"I was planning on winning it. He was a good enough bull to win the short go (the final)," Ford said.
"I just got raised up a bit when he came around that corner."
While it wasn't the finish he would have liked, Ford said it was an enjoyable return to Browne Park.
"I never thought I'd ride on here after playing so many footy games here," he said. "It was great. It was an unreal event and I thought it was run really well."