Tuesday, October 4

THE ULTIMATE ROAD RACE START

Right to left: Series Promotor Ken Dobson, sponsor Phil and patron Graeme Crosby
are all thumbs up for the latest race series.
Words / Phto: Todd Sutherland

If you're a competitive type the
question often arose "How do you get started in road racing?". Finally there's an answer.

 The enthusiast bunch at Hyosung New Zealand have put together the "Speedscan Hyosung 250 Cup". For the first time perhaps since the 1980's here is a class that is affordable, competitive, well supported and equally importantly, still producing new machines, so ensuring a future.

The $10,000 prize money pool also an unheard of incentive for young racers. Hyosung CEO, Ken Dobson is a keen former professional racer. Bought up in the days of affordable production racing, Dobson was mindful of creating a class where competitors would not be shredding tyres but still able to compete on a full circuit.

Dodson also knew that to get decent entry numbers, competitors needed to be confident of machine parity. The series has a dedicated technician who will check any ‘suspiciously fast’ bikes. Anyone found to be 'bending the rules' will be taken out of the days results and prize money and only allowed to continue in the series at the organizers discretion.

 With all the key ingredients in place and the enthusiuast Hyosung team driving things, the entries for the first round at Hampton Downs have been many and varied.

 The cross section of entrants includes everything from first time racers, the off spring of a former World Superbike Champion to a few old wiley racers.

 Sunday October 16 at Hampton Downs promises to be an eventful historic day.