I think it deserves a breakdown to look at some of the more interesting legs involved. As Jamie Stewart pointed out the first six in the top left are fantastic.
We can see from the splits for this section that only Matt came close to nailing it. I think though it's important to note the need for smoothness through the controls as is evident by Matt's running. But as is evident by the gaps in the finish time - this part of the race wasn't the place where it was won or lost.
We now move onto the first route choice leg: 6 to 7. Straight off the bat there's a choice of either left or right. Left is more direct and steeper but with a technical exit from 6 to the road. Right is open but longer. Chance to read ahead? Once at halfway there's another split. Left will take you to either the gap in the fence to try to cut through by 9 or to run wide down the road past 10. There appears to be an easier entry into the control by taking the latter. Going right at halfway takes you on a long road run - although you need to be aware at the control to look for the tunnel under the road.
I'm not sure of the best route choice here but Chris and Shamus lose a good minute here and fall out of contention. I'm guessing it is a case of pick a route and good hard. Personally, although less enjoyable, I'd probably go right both times. Matt meanwhile has lost 12 seconds to Tim on the long leg and is about to lose a further 21 seconds on 9 to 10. Nick Hann is staying consistent and still in the hunt at this point. The key to Tim's race is he now has the smoothness that Matt had at the start of the race.
So finally, looking at the race as a whole, winsplits gives us a lovely little graph to show us where time is lost compared to the leader. I think it shows the need to focus on a good clean run and the ability to just step it up a notch now and then. As Nathan Fa'avae says, in adventure racing, when he's hurting he knows his competition will be hurting too if not more, he uses this to go harder to widen the gap on his opposition.
So well done to Ross on this one. Excellent work. I particularly love how the course was set to challenge a full range of skills for competitors and created some fantastic route choices.