||Last Updated: Mar 10th, 2016 - 19:03:06
Jason Bunyan added the NZ GP to his portfolio this year at Moore Park.
Earlier in the year at Rosebank, Bunyan broke the long standing New Zealand Championship record held by Larry Ross when he clocked up his tenth New Zealand solo title win. He was seemly untroubled to win this with Bradley Wilson Dean coming home second ahead of Sean Mason.
His GP win was similar. A disappointing field was reduced even further on the day with the withdrawal of Dale Finch and Grant Tregoning plus bike problems ruling out Jake Turner from the GP proper on the say. Considering a League meeting was held the weekend before at Oreti and this meeting was scheduled with that in mind to try and catch competitors while they were in the South Island, it does not bode well for Solos in NZ at present .
The GP was rearranged with qualifying races to find the top four competitors who then raced over three heats. Bunyan was untroubled to win all three and overall, Andrew Aldridge came home second after two good seconds to Bunyan in the second and third heat while the two local boys, Ryan Moss and Konner McCluskey Young faced a run off for third. Young had bike problems on the line and could not get away, a not so good day as tape infringement exclusion put him out of heat two. Moss earned his third place as these two were evenly matched on the day.
Non Qualifiers racing was headed by Jake Gillespie from Oreti who just held out last year’s junior, George Congreve from Jake Turner who managed to borrow one of Bunyan’s bikes for the support racing. Wayne Drake completed the field and finally got a good run in the final heat.
It was the turn of Clark Fountain, Caleb Whalley, Oscar Drake and Frankie Ray Lei Lièvre to head the junior section this week. Oscar Drake has a new mate in the form of Chase Lang who is quickly adapting in the Pee Wee class.
Sidecar support was as entertaining as ever where we saw Lionel Green and Shane Breach head the field home overall with Bevan Nuttridge and Brodon Johnston coming in ahead of Wayne and Damien Bryce. Mike Warwood and Stephen Burrow made the A final but it was the Bryce’s win in the B final from Dave Green and Sam Elliot with Oreti’s Jamie Pocklington and Nathan Cannan in third, which kept the pressure on Warwood and Burrow in the feature race.
Media: Warrick Korstanje 02/03/2016
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