Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Big Weekend in Store at Hampton Downs


Big Weekend in Store at Hampton Downs


FEBRUARY 27, 2018: The New Zealand Superbike Championships resume at Hampton Downs, north of Huntly, this weekend with so much at stake for so many of the competitors.

Two of four rounds are now in the record books, but the pressure goes on now as the second half of the season begins.

The racing at Hampton Downs' third round this Saturday and Sunday – presented by DHL Express NZ Ltd – is sure to be crucial in determining where the various trophies might end up. This weekend will also feature the TT (Tourist Trophy) races for each of the championship classes.

Certainly one of the nine championship classes that should attract plenty of interest will be the sidecars, where one of the sport's real characters, Pete 'The Pirate' Goodwin, and his equally-talented co-rider, Kendall 'Ken Doll' Dunlop, will be hoping to enhance their points tally as they push for their first national title.

Waitoki's Goodwin, a corrections officer at the Paremoremo maximum-security prison, and Glenfeild's Dunlop, a graphics designer, have teamed up to make a formidable sidecars combination this year.

They lead the series by a solid 37 points from Taupo pairing Andy Scrivener and Tina McKeown, with Tawa pair Drew Mair and Alan Denovan currently third in the title chase, just three points further back.

Just one more point behind them is the Auckland pairing of brothers Chris and Richard Lawrance.

"This is the best we've ever done at the nationals," said Goodwin. "I've been third five times in the past.

"This is the second season together for me and Kendall. She's a great passenger/swinger because she listens, she's light and she's flexible. I have great confidence in her. This means I can just concentrate on the driving.

"We are a great team and have a great team behind us too. Brothers Ian and Warren Burke take care of all the mechanical duties.

"We just need to concentrate on finishing races and collecting points."

In all the other classes too, the racing has been intense, although it could be mission impossible now for anyone hoping to catch Wellington-based Sloan Frost in the hunt for the premier 1000cc Superbike title.

Frost is a whopping 24 points in front and this weekend would be the perfect time for Frost's main challengers – Whakatane's Mitch Rees (Honda), Glen Eden's Daniel Mettam (Suzuki) and Christchurch's Alastair Hoogenboezem (BMW) – to begin their fight-back, while Australian five-time former New Zealand superbike champion Robbie Budgen has also now arrived to make his first appearance in this year's series and he's sure to be a cat among the pigeons.

Other championship class leaders after round two are Christchurch's James Hoogenboezem (Supersport 600 class); Tauranga's Regan Phibbs (Supersport 300); Hamilton's Jordan Burley (650 Pro Twins); Christchurch's Nick Cain (250 Production); Huia's Nathanael Diprose (Superlites); Rodney's Blayes Heaven (125GP) and Pukekohe's Thomas Newton (GIXXER Cup).

Meanwhile, the crowd at Hampton Downs is expected to be much bigger than usual this weekend because the superbike racing is actually also just one component, albeit a big component, of the inaugural Mike Pero MotoFest.

MotoFest promises excellence on all fronts, with former champions (and perhaps future ones too), from across the entire motorcycling spectrum, sharing the programme with the superbike nationals.

International stars such as American MotoGP icon Randy Mamola, English legend Steve Parrish, Australian international superbike idol Robbie Phillis and our own Kiwi superheroes – riders such as Aaron Slight, Graeme Crosby, Hugh Anderson, Stu Avant and nine-time former national superbike champion Andrew Stroud, among others – are assembled for the event, so it's going to be difficult for fans to know which way to look.

Record eight-time former New Zealand moto trials champion and twice Australian moto trials champion Jake Whitaker, international X Games favourite Levi Sherwood and fellow Kiwi freestyle great Nick Franklin will also be among the "glitterati" expressing themselves at Hampton Downs this weekend.

The superbike championships will wrap up with the fourth and final round at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo on March 17-18.

The 2018 New Zealand Superbike Championships are supported by Honda Cars, providing safety/medical vehicles, Pirelli tyres, Corprint, CTAS and MX Timing and the inaugural GIXXER Cup is supported by Suzuki New Zealand.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Preview: Your Heart Looks Like A Vagina By Dominic Hoey

Dominic Hoey’s one-man show Your Heart Looks Like a Vagina, is a dark comedy about the joys of living with autoimmune disease. This one man show will bring together Dominic Hoey’s long career as a performance poet and writer and the experimental theatre experience of Director Nisha Madhan.. More>>

Let The Games Begin: PM Sends Best Wishes To Athletes

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sent her warm wishes to the New Zealand athletes preparing for the opening of the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast... More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review of Books: Martin Edmonds' The Expatriates

This book is an extension of, and tribute to, the life’s work of James McNeish. Without sacrificing any degree of authorial independence, the result is gracefully written, handsomely produced, and likely to propagate many further works of its kind. More>>

Max Rashbrooke Review: The King's Singers and Voices New Zealand

To be good at one thing is impressive; to be so versatile across a range of genres is truly exceptional. More>>

Joe Cederwall Review: WOMAD 2018 - Harmony of Difference (part 1)

A friend described WOMAD as his “favourite white middle class celebration of diversity.” There is certainly an echo of truth to this as the crowd is still largely white and middle class, but this WOMAD for me represented that a better world is possible ... More>>

Harmony of Difference (part 2)

Top international world music artists seldom make it down to this neck of the woods, so for those of us into this sort of thing WOMAD is certainly a welcome addition to the cultural calendar. Now it is a case of waiting and looking forward to seeing what they manage to conjure up for next year. More>>

Howard Davis Review: A Bigger Splash - Te Papa Celebrates Twenty Years

Considering the available resources, this is a decidedly hit-and-miss affair, mainly due to some highly questionable curatorial decisions. In their overweening wish to "push boundaries," Charlotte Davy and Megan Tamati-Quennell have made a number of serious miscalculations by ignoring a basic rule - keep it simple. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland