A win for Vistalite’s racing team
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.
Connor London of the Vistalite Racing Team on track.