3 consecutive weekends racing is completed with me currently sitting in 9th position in the 600 Supersport Championship.
Timaru’s Levels Raceway hosted round 2 last weekend 14th and 15th. It rained constantly on the Friday practise day but the weekend was hot and sunny.
Unfortunately the track was very slick however due to a lot of oil being dumped on the first few turns which definitley hindered everyones lap times. After qualifing in 13th position of 20 I certainly wasnt looking forward to the start, trying to make up positions and avoid the oil was a risky combination! It went ok although I dropped a couple of places while avoiding a crashed rider and ended up in 11th place in the 1st race.
Race 2 was going a heap better, I was managing to keep up with some faster riders until my race came to a grinding holt due to a miscalculation with the fuel which saw me run out 3 laps from the end.
It was a weekend of mixed emotions: I was gutted to DNF but happy at the same time that I had been running a better pace and most of all had been thinking of my friend Cam Jones who was seriously injured Sunday morning. He is still in Intensive Care. Please keep him in your prayers and keep an eye out on Trademe for items being auctioned with the proceeds going to a fund for Cam.
The 3rd round was held in Invercargill this past weekend. I couldn’t wait to ride one of my favorite tracks ever on the CBR600! Qualifying left me in grid position 9 – far better than the previous two rounds which gave me a boost of confidence. I ended the 1st race in 9th with a seriously torn tire. It was good experience for me to ride with the rear moving around so much and feel how the bike behaves with deteriorated rubber.
Race Two and Invercargill weather did its thing in time for me to go around the outside of a few people at turn 1 putting me in 4th position. I held on to 4th for a few of laps until I began to struggle to see with my visor fogging. It was my fault for not sticking the pinlock antifog strip in properly but I was still happy to finish in my highest placing this year of 7th.
to my team – Jamie, Scott, Georgie, Shannon, Travers and especially mum and dad – for all their hard work and making it a fantastic few weeks. I cant thank Jamie enough for getting me out there this year.
to Pete Finlay, the Castrol Honda boys and Blue Wing Honda for all the help and support I could ask for.
to my sponsors and supporters – Baywatch Motor Lodge, please stay here when you are in Timaru, Uncle Geoff and Aunty Gay, Race Pace Trainers, Deep Web – Web Design, Blue Wing Honda, HJC helmets, Sidi boots, NGK spark plugs, Tridon Toledo Tools, Carcolors, Bearing Wholesale, Metzeler tyres and Total Oil.
And finally to all the other riders for the great racing and making our sport awesome to be part of.
My next championship race will be the 4th round at Hampton Downs on March 17/18th. We will also use the Pacific Club race meeting at Taupo in February as a shake down for nationals there late March.