Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Bruce Almighty does it again. takes another lap record on the way. Wins F1 Classic TT at the Isle of Man.

 Bruce Anstey, riding the the two stroke Valvoline by Padgetts Racing YZR Yamaha, powered to a stunning victory in today's Motorsport Merchandise Formula 1 Classic TT Race on the Isle of Man, making history on the way. 

As well as establishing a lap record of 123.894mph (18:16.324) for the F1 class, Anstey's time was also the fastest ever two stroke lap of the TT Mountain Course, breaking Ian Lougher's record set on a 500 V-twin Honda in the 1999 Senior TT. Anstey dominated the race from the start and eventually won by over a minute from James Hillier with Russ Mountford securing the final podium place.

Clerk of the Course Phil Taubman described conditions as perfect around the Mountain Course ahead of the Race, part of the Isle of Man Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts, which got away at 14.45.

Michael Dunlop, the 2013 race winner and lap record holder, was first away from the start line on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 but Anstey had established a three second lead over Jackson Racing's James Hillier, on the ZXR 750 Kawasaki by the first timing point at Glen Helen with Dunlop completing the top three less than half a second behind Mountford. Team York Suzuki Racing's Russ Mountford, on another XR69, was less than a second behind Dunlop in fourth with Gary Johnson on the '85 Harris completing the top five.

Anstey's record breaking opening lap of 123.894 gave him a lead of 15 seconds over Dunlop who opened with 122.152 but it was all change at the end of the first lap with both Anstey and Dunlop opting to refuel.

Hillier and Steve Mercer on the Mistral Racing Kawasaki chose to go straight through, with Hillier leading Mercer by 17 seconds at Glen Helen on the second lap with Anstey almost six seconds behind Mercer in third following his pit stop.  It was clear that Michael Dunlop was losing time on the second lap and by Ramsey Anstey had passed the Irishman on the road.

Hillier remained in the lead at the end of the second lap but with the Mistral Racing Man pitting at the end of the lap, Anstey moved back into the lead and with Michael Dunlop retiring in the pits at the end of his second lap, Anstey was firmly in control of the race. The Kiwi established a 53 second lead from Hillier at Glen Helen on the final lap and brought the YZR Yamaha home to win by over a minute from Hillier with Mountford a further nine seconds back in third. 

Hillier had the consolation of winning the inaugural Joey Dunlop trophy as the first 750 machine with Russ Mountford confirmed in the final podium place. Anstey appropriately received his trophy from fellow Kiwi Graeme Crosby, the 1981 F1 TT Race winner.  Kiaran Hankin, riding the KHHire RC30, was the first privateer to finish, coming home in seventh.

Yamaha's dominated the F2 Race that ran concurrently with Ian Lougher's opening lap of 107.999 giving the Welshman, who won Saturday's Bennetts 500cc Race, a seven second lead over Chris Moore with Stuart Garton a further 3.5 seconds back in third. Yamahas occupied nine of the top ten places on the opening lap with only Derek Glass on a Kawasaki in eighth breaking the monopoly.

With Lougher pitting at the end of the first lap Moore moved to the front but with Moore then refuelling on the second lap, Lougher moved back into the lead.  That remained the top three with Lougher winning with a final lap of 111.064, the fastest lap of the race, for an overall time of 107.933 (1:02.55.328), 54 seconds ahead of Moore (106.420/1:03.49.017) with Garton, the first privateer in the F2 Class, third with 106.145/ 1:03.58.925.

words/pic: iomtt 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Mettam Wins 2014 Arai Winter Series

Daniel Mettam took his Suzuki GSXR600 to a series victory in the Hamilton Motorcycle Club's Arai Winter Series at Hampton Downs on Sunday.

Perfect weather conditions encouraged several national and international riders to test their Superbikes in Senior category ahead of the summer season, including father and daughter Phil (Australia) and Sophie Lovett (Auckland), who race similar Kawasaki Superbikes.
Fellow Kawasaki ZX-10R racer Nick Cole provided the biggest challenge to triple Senior race winner Jaden Hassan, who won all three heats on his Suzuki GSXR1000R Superbike to collect enough points to take second in the series. Younger brother Aaron, 15, was third overall in the Arai Winter Series.

Aucklander Hassan and Cole (Hamilton) swapped paint on most laps, with the winner never really decided until crossing the finish line. Phil Lovett finished third three times to make his trans-Tasman journey worthwhile, although Mettam continually pushed the Australian in every race, himself finishing fourth in all three races.

Two wins in the opening round and consistency proved the key to Mettam's overall series win on a smaller bike. "It was a real good series," Mettam says. 

"It was good to get some laps in during winter and
to race some of those superbikes is good practice coming up to the Suzuki Series and the NZ nationals. I finished third in the Suzuki Series last year so to go two better would be awesome!"

"I'm riding a Suzuki GSXR600 this year, helped out by Ray Clee from Team RCM, and I want to have a real good go at the nationals and go for that top-three position. I won the Auckland club championship as well, so I'm real happy to have won two club championships this year."

Glen Orwin, of Auckland, enjoyed three easy victories on his Yamaha 450 in the Boyd Motorcycles Intermediate category. Ben Rosendaal (Whangamata) secured two second placings aboard his Suzuki SV650, with Rogan Chandler taking second in race three on his Honda RS125. Pukekohe rider Greg Smith was third in each heat, which was enough to win the Boyd Motorcycles Intermediate series on his Ducati TT-2 750, ahead of Nathan Jane.

Hamiltonian Mark Hatton won the Marsh Motorcycle Insurance Post Classic Senior series with a trio of
third placings on his Yamaha FZR1000. Also from Hamilton, and out of retirement, Andrew Stroud drew great interest on an immaculately prepared McIntosh GSX1100 replica by taking two easy victories with a stunning display of speed on an early 1980s-based Formula 1 machine. Mark Wigley crossed the line second on each occasion.

While Stroud senior was busy racing the McIntosh F1 machine, 15 year old son Jacob Stroud took his fast Kawasaki 150cc motorcycle to a pair of fine wins, and a second placing in the RST Leathers Hyosung Cup & Development class, ahead of much more experienced riders.

Takapuna's Ferg Maynes won the opening race to make it seven from seven, until Jacob Stroud ended his reign. Maynes finished second behind Stroud in the remaining heats to win the RST-Moto Leathers Hyosung Cup & Development series, from Ngaruawahia rider Daniel Parry.

Steve Fisher held his unbeaten record throughout the Arai Winter Series to earn Clubmans champion for 2014 on his Honda CBR954RR. Many track-day riders took advantage of the low entry fees to try road racing for the first time, resulting in high entry numbers in this popular class.

In the Marsh Motorcycle Insurance Classics races Dean Beatson (Manukau) was never headed, with Stefan DeLacy (races 1 & 2) and Geoff Long (race 3) finishing second. Beatson won the series from Adrian Collins and Dean Beatson.

Final results of round 3 of the 2014 HMCC Arai Winter Series at Hampton Downs

Final results of round 3 of the 2014 HMCC Arai Winter Series at Hampton Downs
Bridgestone Tyres Senior, 

Race 1: Jaden Hassan (Auckland, Suzuki GSXR1000), 1: Nick Cole (Hamilton, Kawasaki ZX-10R), 2; Phil Lovett (Australia, Kawasaki ZX-10R), 3; Daniel Mettam (Auckland, Suzuki GSX-R600), 4; Chris DeFiori (Bayview, Yamaha R6), 5.
Race 2: Jaden Hassan, 1; Nick Cole, 2; Phil Lovett, 3: Daniel Mettam, 4; Sophie Lovett, (Auckland, Kawasaki ZX-10R), 5.

Race 3: Jaden Hassan, 1; Nick Cole, 2; Phil Lovett, 3; Daniel Mettam, 4; Sophie Lovett, 5.

Bridgestone Tyres Senior, final series points: Daniel Mettam, 143; Jaden Hassan, 120; Aaron Hassan, 76; Marcus Beagley (Kawasaki ZX-6R), 75; Chris DeFiori, 74.

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