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Get ready! NZ Bucket Grand Prix is coming!

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The New Zealand Miniature Road Racing Grand Prix is lining up to be a complete fire cracker of an event. And one not to be missed as the bucket racing event of the year! The competition is stacked with numerous personal best times and lap records being challenged by both Auckland and Wellington riders at their local circuits. The steep elevation changes, complex turns, big field and long races challenge even the most seasoned of racers. Bring enthusiasm, a reliable bike and port for port on the corner. See you there!

Need a licence upgrade for the Grand Prix?
Click here for the GP entry form. If you need a one event licence upgrade, fill out the entry form and send to Henk at zeeven@xtra.co.nz then bank the entry fee with your name and licence number as references into this bank account: 03-0296-0092628-25. Entry forms that require the upgrade must be processed as soon as possible or risk missing out! If you have a full championship licence or are entering the 'B Grade' Formula Tokoroa race you can enter on the day as normal.

Saturday:

  •          8:00 Gates open
  •          9:00 Sign on begins
  •          10:00 Riders briefing
  •          10:30 - F4 practice 1
  •          10:45 - F5 practice 1
  •          11:00 - FT practice 1
  •          11:15 - SC practice 1
  •          11:30 - F4 practice 2
  •          11:45 - F5 practice 2
  •          12:00 - FT practice 2
  •          12:15 - SC practice 2
  •          Lunch
  •          1:30 - F4 race 1
  •          1:45 - F5 race 1
  •          2:00 - FT race 1
  •          2:15 - SC race 1
  •          2:45 - F4 race 2
  •          3:00 - F5 race 2
  •          3:15 - FT race 2
  •          3:30 - SC race 2
  •          3:45 - free practice

Sunday:

  •          8:00 Gates Open
  •          8:30 Sign on begins
  •          9:00 Riders briefing
  •          9:30 - SC qualifying 1
  •          9:45 – F5 qualifying 1
  •          10:00 - FT qualifying 1
  •          10:15 – F4 qualifying 1
  •          10:30 - SC qualifying 2
  •          10:45 – F5 qualifying 2
  •          11:00 - FT qualifying 2
  •          11:15 – F4 qualifying 2
  •          Lunch
  •          12:30 - SC GP
  •          1:00 – F5 GP
  •          1:30 – FT race
  •          2:00 – F4 GP
  •          Prize giving

Final round points showdown at Mt Wellington

The final round of the Auckland Bucket Racing series was as heated as ever as riders took a last round lunge for points.

Click here for Speedhive results
Click here for awesome photos from Paul Byrne, thanks Paul

Chilly overnight temperatures made for challenging winter conditions but you wouldn't think so given the heated pace out there! The final round of the championship always makes for great spectating as riders put in their last ditch effort in claiming higher spots. As always, consistency reigns supreme and both the F4 and F5 titles had already been decided by Nathanael Diprose who lead by 105 and 137 points respectively going into the final round. Congratulations to team Diprose for another year of stunning dominance and consistency. And thank you, because I think it says a lot about a team that despite proper recent illness and a decided championship that they still turn up and help run the meeting.

Additional thanks to Sam for the timing across the season, a stellar job done as always, and to Culley and Kamil who turn up every meeting to run the show!

With Nathanael out from illness, team Hassan turning up with their hyper buckets, and Jason riding brilliantly on his GPR there was a buzz in the pits as to who will take top spot. To throw another spanner in the works, Gary Cunningham (a dominant and seasoned F4 racer) had finally got his heavily dieted FXR going well and had shown great pace at Edgecumbe the previous weekend. The races would for sure be tight! In qualifying, it was no surprise that the Hassans took 1, 2 places at the front of F4 running blinding pace deep into the 29s. Shout out to Gary Cunningham for an incredibly strong ride in F4, leading the start of both races with lightning starts on his FXR. With a best time of 29.5s it really shows just how competitive a good rider can be on the heavy production chassis! Mike Spiller was also hanging it out up the front on his FXR and posted a 29.6 chasing Aaron in the prelim race.

In the points races it would be Jason Hearn who edged his way through the field and took the first win ahead of Gary Cunningham and Mike Spiller. The race was bloody tight with Aaron putting down a 30.2 lap from a standing start but soon after joining his brother Jaden with a DNF. Race 2 looked like it was going to be a repeat of race 1 with Aaron's FXR powered RS125 going pop before the flag dropped however Jaden pulled it together. Storming out front to a 6.8 second gap to Jason in 2nd place, Gary in 3rd. Jaden showing why he's a multiple New Zealand national champion.

We had a small field in F5 with Nathanael out and Rick succumbing to an unknown electric fault. I hadn't ridden my 50 for months so I put my head down and pushed to get as close to my PB as I could. With a pole and 3 wins, I took 50 points out of Rick and 3rd place in the championship. Stoked for my first Auckland Bucket series podium.

As always, B grade put on a show of tightly fought battles between John Steer, Scott Miller, Pete Leahy, Aderino Sugiarto and Nic Andrew. John took out the first race followed by Aderino in the second race when both John and Scott ran under the 32 second cut off time.

So that's a wrap for the season. The new season starts on the 6th of August so make sure both your club and MNZ licences are renewed, your bikes are well protected and your body is up for another year of racing. See you there.

The tight racing continues at round 6 - Mt Wellington buckets

Mixed conditions at round 6 of the Mt Wellington Bucket Racing series prove competitive.

Click here for Speedhive results
Click here for awesome photos from Paul Byrne, thanks Paul

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.

PB times tumble in perfect racing conditions

Every year, around this time, moons and conditions align...

Click here for event results
Click here for photos from Chris Cain

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!

Chris Cain

2-Hour Endurance Race - Auckland Bucket Racing

November 19th and 20th - 2 hour and 40 lap race!

Kick your team into gear, prepare your machines and start stretching! The Auckland Bucket Racing 2-hour Endurance Race is here! This is a special once a year race for teams of 2 kicked off with a 'Le Mans start' which ends 2 hours after the flag drops. Each rider must ride for no less than 55 minutes each and must compete on the same bike. Qualifying is run on a 'superpole' format meaning each rider gets one flying lap each to put down their best for the team. Each team competing must bring along a friend to flag marshall on the day.  This is a big race which isn't to be underestimated. Make sure your bike is up to it, your team is up to it and you bring lots of water. For an idea, last year the winning team completed 229 laps and the speed differential was 4.5 seconds from the front to the back so there was an incredible amount of passing done!

For those new to bucket racing, or those not confident to mix it up with the gaggle of lightning fast a-grade riders, a 40 lap endurance race is also run on the same day. This can either be in a team of 2 or 'iron man' style as a single rider and also kicks off with a 'Le Mans start'. The same B-grade cut off time of 32 seconds applies for this race.

NOTE: Riders cannot compete in both the 40 lapp and the 2 hour endurance. One or other other please.

Alongside our normal practice sessions on Saturday, sidecar racing and a mixed doubles race will also be held. The mixed doubles race is a 2 team race which each team must have a male and a female rider. Minimum grid size to run these races are 6.

Below is how the program for the weekend, although note that exact times might vary on the day.

SATURDAY
9:00am gates open
10:00am riders briefing
10:15am practice
2:15pm mixed doubles qualifying
2:30pm mixed doubles practice Le Mans start
2:45pm sidecars 10 lap race
3:00pm mixed doubles race (15 laps each)
3:30pm sidecar endurance race (20 laps)
More practice if time permits.
 
SUNDAY
9:00am Gates open
9:15am - 10:00am Sign on and machine examination
10:00am - 10:15am - Riders briefing
10:15am - 11:30am - Practice (10min sessions for A-grade and B-grade)
11:30am - 12:30pm - Superpole
12:30pm - 1:30pm - Practice Le Mans starts for 2-hour and 40-lap race
1:30pm - 2:00pm - 40-lap endurance race
2:00pm - 4:00pm - 2-hour endurance race
4:30pm - Prizegiving and BBQ put on by Auckland Buckets

ENTRY DETAILS
Entry fee (per rider): $30 senior, $20 junior
One-day licence: $40 (if you don't have an MNZ licence and an MNZ-affiliated club licence)
Transponder hire (per bike): $10 (if you don't have your own)
Bring a friend to flag marshall

See you there!

Kick‐off time for the Auckland Motorcycle Club Summer Series

Auckland Motorcycle Club
Media Release
26th September, 2016.

The attention this Sunday is on Hampton Downs, for Round One of the Auckland Motorcycle Club Summer Series for 2016–17.

Senior category action from AMCC Round Four — February 2016. Credit: Philip Kavermann

Senior category action from AMCC Round Four — February 2016. Credit: Philip Kavermann

To be held over four Rounds this season — all at Hampton Downs — the events will be evenly split between the familiar 2.7Km National Circuit, and the newly completed 1.2Km Club Circuit which will provide a fresh challenge for riders across all classes.

The Carl Cox Motorsport Hyosung Cup will — for a sixth consecutive season — complement the full range of AMCC classes from Senior to Clubman, with the Post Classic’s rounding out a full
programme of racing.

Qualifying starts at 09:00, and racing gets under way at 11:00.

The 2016–2017 Series is organised and promoted by the Auckland Motorcycle Club — who
acknowledge all our valuable partners:
Protecta Insurance
Castrol
Counties Honda
Darbi Accessories
Hyosung NZ
Motomail
Nationwide Accessories
Northern Accessories
Whites Powersports
Barnes‐Jenkins Insurance Brokers

And the Carl Cox Motorsport Hyosung Cup:
Carl Cox Motorsport
Barnes‐Jenkins Insurance Brokers
MTF — Barrys Point Road
Motul
Spectrum Motorcycles
WIL Sport

CALENDAR — 2016–2017 AMCC Series
Rd 1: 2nd October, National Circuit
Rd 2: 6th November, Club Circuit
Rd 3: 12th February, National Circuit
Rd 4: 9th April, Club Circuit