The planets aligned on the weekend for what has been coming for some time, a new F4 lap record and new PBs across the board!
To see the event results, click here.
Photos above with thanks from Paul Bryne.
We really didn't think the events of the last round could be beaten but here we are. Even with a number of regular riders not present, the club ran out of transponders with stacked grids turning up to battle at the Mt Wellington colosseum. The battle ground was still, warm and dry. Perfect for an unforgettable onslaught.
Aaron came out swinging in A-grade race 1 as usual and skimmed his own lap record (28.806) by a meer 0.005s and put an unprecedented 11 seconds between himself and Nathanael. 4 of his 13 laps were in the 28s with his first lap posted at a respectable 31.077s from a standing start. Fierce. Nathanael was unfortunately riding ill and swung his axe through from 7th on the grid to 2nd place, running deep into the 29s. Chased by Steven, Henk wasn't messing around and posted his first ever 29s lap to take out the strongly contested 3rd place.
It has been said that there's an extra 1% hidden in the best of racers and that it takes a formidable foe to unleash it. Sunday was that day and rising to the challenge, even riding ill, Nathanael took it to Aaron in race 2. In 1 and 1/2 laps, Nathanael sliced his way from 5th to 2nd right behind Aaron. Trading 28 second blow for blow, the two pushed past the previous lap record to reset the bar to an unthinkable 28.483 for Aaron and an equally as impressive 28.502 for Nathanael. After 8 laps, the unusual happened, Nathanael crashed out and proved that even aliens can crash. In the same battle, Henk reposted his PB down at 29.906, joined by Steven who also broke the 29s with a 29.749 to take 2nd place by a half second. Meanwhile 6 riders behind them all posted 30s laps and all across the field, new PBs were set. Heated to say the least.
As if the A-grade melee wasn't tight enough, the pointy end of B-grade didn't disappoint! 6 of the 12 riders lapped right down to the 32 second lap cut off with James proving he could walk the line tightest, followed closely by Evan for second place. You could throw a blanket over Liam, Pete and Daniel who went three deep up to the line to cover half a second and finish in that order. Great racing. Michael unfortunately found that cut off point and had a lap stricken from the battle to place him 9th. Evan played it cool in race 2 and watched as both Michael and James posted laps under 32s to take them to the back of the standings. Daniel and Liam took out 2nd and 3rd.
New PBs continued to be set into C-grade in the solid field of 9. Fabiano showed that consistency is key to take two 1st in the races, closed contested by Scott and Aubrey. Patrick pushed hard and found himself under the time cut off in race 1 before crashing out.
Rick continues to get faster each meeting on the ESE F5 smoker pushing Nathanael along for a Nathanael 1, Rick 2 finish in both races. Mark posted 2 3rds to put him into 2nd place in the championship.
The wheel really fell off the chariot for Rick and Henk who were leading in the sidecar race 1 when... uhh... the wheel actually fell off. 2 wins for Chris Lawrence and swinger who close the gap to put them into 3rd place in the championship. Only 5 points cover the championship podium ensuring the battle continues to the end.
To see the current results of the F4 championship, click here.
To see the current results of the F4 B-Grade championship, click here.
To see the current results of the F4 C-Grade championship, click here.
To see the current results of the F5 championship, click here.
To see the current results of the sidecar championship, click here.