Rain gives track ‘beau­ti­ful ruts’

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - TERESA RAM­SEY

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.

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