Mixed conditions at round 6 of the Mt Wellington Bucket Racing series prove competitive.
A special mention of thanks to both Nathanael Diprose and David Diprose who ran the timing for the event. Nathanael even forfeit racing F5 to run the timing. Legends who don't get enough credit for the support they put into the sport. Thanks team!
The regular spitting rain might have thrown a wild card at the round's qualifying sessions but it didn't prove enough to hold up the storming competition in each class! Jason Hearn received his new GPR150 bike this weekend and wasted no time putting it on pole in A-grade whilst Nathanael sat out the second qualifying to concentrate on timing. Mike Spiller was right onto it putting his FXR into the 3rd spot to set up a cracker of a round's racing.
Nathanael is no slouch off the line and launched himself into first position to lead both points races start to finish and finish on the top step. Not to be outdone, Jason put his head down and closed the gap in both races crossing the line 2.4s and 1.7s behind and setting the fastest time of the weekend, a 28.9s lap. A-grade yet again steps up the competition level! Blair Lambarth, Henk Zeefen and Mike Spiller fiercely traded spots in both races for 3rd place. Henk took it out in the first race then Blair the next for what was great watching. The rest of the field was equally as entertaining with the 5 deep fight between Paul Ellis, Gary Cunningham, Wil Killip, Dylan Byrne and Ryan Fletcher heated to say the least!
With Nathanael out to do timing, Chris Cain, Rick Ford and Blair Lambarth were left to take slogs at each other in F5. Rick pushed Chris out in the first lap before coming back and with the help of Blair to hold up Rick, Chris took out 1st spot. The battle continued and Rick went down fighting to put Henk on the 3rd step. Instant replay for race 2 except Rick and Blair went to the line to decide 2nd place.
In B-grade Scott Miller, newcomer Aderino Sugiarto and Pete Leahy went toe to toe in both races. Despite Anderino dipping under the 32s lap mark (and therefore having a lap cut from him), it was Scott who powered his way to 2 race wins.
Newcomer Nic Andrew found pace quickly in C-grade alongside Shayne Scanlen and Phil Brown. Nic also had 2 laps struck from the race after dipping under the 34s cut off in race 2. No doubt we'll see him in B-grade next meeting. Shayne comfortably took out 2nd place in race 1 and first in race 2 with solid consistent laps.
Next meeting is the North Island Series 15-16th April at Edgecumbe followed by Round 7 on 29-30th April at Mt Wellington.