Every year, around this time, moons and conditions align...
PB times tumbled at round 5 of the Auckland bucket racing series in an awesome display of progression and racing! Last year we saw a completely new generation of A grade riders enter as group chewed up and spat out the B-grade cut off time. Fast forward a hand full of months and that same generation has filled out the class and continued to push times along. With a muscle damaged arm from a tumble the week before, I took up the assistant clerk of the course role for the best seat in the house.
Steven Lee put it on pole in A-grade in front of Ryan Fletcher and Nathanael Diprose which set the scene for some great scraps in all races. Nathanael was the first into the 29s to take a prelim race win. Experience further prevailed as he fought his way to another 2 wins in the points and with that, the championship lead. Shout outs to Ryan for 2 second places and only finishing 3 seconds behind Nathanael in Race 1. To Henk for again lowering his PB after countless years of progression. To James posting a 31.4s lap for 10th place on a low powered bike. And to Jason for setting the 3rd fastest time of the day.
B-grade has also taken to boil with Gabriel, Pete and Ben van den Berg edging each other out across the races. Shout out to Pete posting the fastest lap of the day at 32.397 and also taking a race 1 win, killing it! Gabriel picked up the second race win having clearly found some strong confidence in the past few months.
C- grade times were strong all day with riders comfortably posting 34s laps. It won't be long until Phil Brown who took out both race wins makes a move into B-grade!
Nathanael took out both points races in F5 with Rick posting a new PB so close to that 31 second bracket!