Monday, February 20

STAUFFER CROWNED KING OF PAEROA

Australian rider Dan Stauffer has been crowned King of the Streets after winning the feature race at Paeroa’s Mobil 1 Battle of the Streets meeting on Sunday.

Stauffer’s clear-cut victory for Yamaha in the big race earned him a hat-trick of success over the New Zealand summer – he had also won the other big street meeting at Wanganui on Boxing Day, and then the New Zealand Grand Prix at Ruapuna last month.

Before 10,000 fans lining the streets of the small town in fine warm weather, Stauffer had to spend the first few laps chasing the Honda of fast-starting Ryan Hampton from Christchurch.

“I got a good run through turn one and got inside him going into turn two,” Stauffer, who will race for Aprilia in the Australian Superbike Championship this year, said. “It was good racing – Ryan’s riding well.”

Hampton, a rising talent who goes particularly well in street racing, said the Australian had passed him fair and square.
“But then I outbraked myself at the end of the straight and ran wide,” he said.
That allowed Whakatane rider Tony Rees (Yamaha) and Hampton’s Honda team-mate Hayden Fitzgerald of New Plymouth to come past.

The results were a sort of one-two for Rees – Stauffer was riding a modern bike borrowed from Rees, while Rees raced the Yamaha on which he had won the New Zealand Superbike Championship back in 2005.
“Not bad for an old guy on an old bike,” Rees, who is 44, said wryly.

Stauffer also won the two Formula Paeroa (F1) races after early scraps with Hampton. His success in New Zealand street racing is remarkable as Australia has nothing like this form of racing, which has different demands from circuit racing.
“The Aussies who come over here love the street racing, but I can’t see it happening in Australia,” he said.

Hampton, who finished second overall in the Formula Paeroa races, said he loved the exhilaration and the extra element of danger in street racing, and racing so close to a big crowd.
Aucklander Karl Morgan dominated the Formula Two class, running with the superbikes, on his Suzuki GSX-R600.

Glen Williams from Palmerston North won the Post Classic Pre-89 class on his Italian Bimota, and came first equal with Taupo’s Scott Moir in Formula 3. In F3 Williams rode a Suzuki SVR650 and Moir his fast little Honda 450 single.


Mobil 1 Battle of the Streets meeting, Paeroa:
King of the Streets feature race: Dan Stauffer (Australia) Yamaha 1; Tony Rees (Whakatane) Yamaha 2; Hayden Fitzgerald (New Plymouth) Honda 3; Ryan Hampton (Christchurch) Honda 4; Rhys Holmes (Katikati) BMW 5.
Formula Paeroa – Race one: Stauffer 1; Hampton 2; Rees 3; Fitzgerald 4; Holmes 5. Race two: Stauffer 1; Fitzgerald 2; Hampton 3; Rees 4; Holmes 5.