Rain gives track ‘beautiful ruts’
Recent rains created a challenging day of racing at the Source NZ Valley Champs in Patetonga recently.
Riders came from as far as Queenstown and Whangarei to compete in champs, which was hosted by the Patetonga Motorcycle Club on January 10.
Club secretary Craig Cameron said an overcast day that followed rain a few days earlier meant the Patetonga Clay didn’t dry out too quickly.
‘‘It moulded into some beautiful ruts to challenge even the best riders and create some fantastic close racing,’’ he said.
This year’s annual event hosted 155 riders from around the country. The champs were held over one day, instead of two days as in previous years.
‘‘By doing so it created a better atmosphere with both juniors and seniors competed alongside each other,’’ Cameron said.
The Big Boys Class MX1 on the 450cc machines was won by Queenstown’s Scott Columb and the MX2 250cc class was won in a clean sweep by Nelson’s Ethan Martens.
Brodie Connolly, of Walton, raced his KTM85 to three straight wins in the Under 17yrs 85cc class. He backed that up with three straight wins, still on the 85cc, in the 12-14 125cc class.
Jared Hannon From Te Miro, Took his KX85 in the Under 12yrs 85cc to two seconds and a first to win the overall, while Jared’s mum Sandra Hannon was racing in the women’s section, placing second and second overall on a KXF250.
Other Piako riders to do well include Adam Norman, of Morrinsville, who came third in the MX3 class, and Luc Leban, also of Morrinsville, who came fifth in the 15-16yrs, 125/250cc class.