A win for Vistal­ite’s rac­ing team

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Taupo¯’s Vistal­ite Rac­ing Team has kicked off the sea­son with a win in Auck­land and a good show­ing in the first round of the Suzuki Se­ries a week later.

Con­nor Lon­don, 23, took out his first Auck­land Mo­tor­cy­cle Club Cham­pi­onship win over the week­end of De­cem­ber 1 and 2. On a dra­matic day of rac­ing, Lon­don rode his Kawasaki ZX10r to victory by just one point.

With a wet prac­tice on Satur­day the skies cleared for a dry, hot race day on Sun­day with Lon­don start­ing from sec­ond for the day’s races be­hind Daniel Met­tam from Auck­land. Lon­don was con­fi­dent that he could go faster and in race one put in some de­cent lap times to catch up to Met­tam. They had a bat­tle through­out the race, ex­chang­ing passes ev­ery lap with Daniel hav­ing the ex­tra power out of turn six and up the hill to the fin­ish line. After a sig­nif­i­cant de­lay race two was re­duced to just eight laps. “I knew we needed to win both fi­nal races to take out the cham­pi­onship so I was look­ing for the best chance to get by and de­cided to dive un­der Met­tam at the bar­rel, a down­hill left-handed turn. Once I had my nose in front I just twisted on the gas and pulled away, and then kept a de­fen­sive line through­out the fi­nal lap to take the win, it felt fan­tas­tic,” says Lon­don.

In race three Lon­don sat be­hind Met­tam for four laps wait­ing for an op­por­tu­nity to pass, mak­ing a dive up the in­side into turn two on the 5th lap then hold­ing off Met­tam to take the sec­ond victory of the and the cham­pi­onship.

“All week­end I had faster pace than Dan but he is so hard to pass. I got sick of sit­ting be­hind him and had to make a sketchy dive for the lead. Worked a treat,” said a de­lighted Lon­don.

The Vistal­ite Cen­tral Rac­ing Team had their first taste of the Suzuki Se­ries over the week­end at Bruce McLaren Mo­tor­sport Park in Taupo¯.

A very com­pet­i­tive field and very hot track con­di­tions meant Lon­don and the team had a lot of work to do.

Lon­don fin­ished 12th over­all for the week­end hav­ing some great starts and fin­ish­ing only 2.2 sec­onds off pole po­si­tion.

Fel­low team mem­ber Royd Walker-Holt, 23, from Auck­land, on board the Kawasaki ZX6r put in some de­cent lap times con­sid­er­ing it was the most track time he’s had on the bike all year. There’s a lot more to be seen from Royd in the next rounds to come.

Taupo¯’s Ro­man Ra­jek, 19, fought back to have an ex­cep­tional week­end on the Kawasaki ZX6r in the For­mula 1 class, after hav­ing two crashes prior to race day. He fin­ished 11th over­all with a per­sonal best lap time of a 1:34.5.

Next week­end the team is in Man­feild for the sec­ond round of the Suzuki Se­ries.

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Con­nor Lon­don of the Vistal­ite Rac­ing Team on track.

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