Thursday, March 15

SPEEDSCAN HYOSUNG CUP SUCCESS



By MICHAEL ESDAILE

For a start-up racing series, the numbers say it all: over five rounds (10 races) of the Speedscan Hyosung GT250R Cup, a total of 32 riders fronted, 28 of them scored series points and there were four different race winners.

But there is one outstanding statistic: one rider won seven of the 10 races to clinch the series by a healthy 59 points. That was the margin by which Daniel Mettam clinched the 2011-2012 Speedscan Hyosung GT250R Cup.

Earlier in 2011 Mettam raced a Kawasaki 250 Ninja in the Junior Cup series alongside selected European rounds of the Superbike World Chamionship and was by no means disgraced in that arena, scoring a best result of second at Assen and fourth overall in the series.

Mettam also holds the 125 GP lap records at Pukekohe, Hampton Downs and Taupo but clearly the switch to heavier, slower production 250cc four-strokes was no impediment and he set about setting lap records at both Hampton Downs and Pukekohe in the Speedscan Hyosung GT250R Cup.

Series runner-up was Craig Stephens who proved he did not need a fuel-injected bike to be successful in the Hyosung Cup series, winning the second race of the series on a carburettored GT250R. However, by series end, it was clear the new Delphi-injected GT250s had a definite performance edge over the older bikes.

Third place went to Nathaneal Diprose, who won the eighth race in the series and just edged out Hyosung New Zealand’s fast-talking, fast-riding Sales Manager Fergus Maynes, 106 points to 101.

At the end of the series, most of the competitors, as well as all the series co-sponsors, turned up for the prizegiving at Hyosung New Zealand headquarters in Auckland’s Barry’s Point Road.

Hyosung New Zealand Managing Director Ken Dobson was delighted with the support the series had achieved in its first year and is looking forward to bigger and better things for the 2012-2013 series.

“We were well supported with sponsors who liked our philosophy and wanted to be involved,” Dobson says.

“Credit for the naming sponsor Speedscan goes to Phil London also the man behind Wil Sports Management. Phil’s son Connor London was one of the big improvers during the Cup. No less appreciation goes to our other sponsors MTF, Road Guide, Screaming Demon, Leatt, Barnes Jenkins Insurance, Bike Lift and Kolorinn Kustoms. California Superbike School also contributed by offering discounted track days for the Cup riders to get time at Hampton Downs,” he added.

“Overall this has been a tremendous success and I want to thank all who contributed to making it so. I am pleased to announce the continued support of Speedscan and Wil Sports Management (Phil London), MTF, Screaming Demon, Barnes Jenkins Insurance and Hyosung Motorcycles for the 2012/13 Cup. We will work to refine this Championship over the winter and make subtle changes that will ensure it just gets better,” Dobson concluded.

Stay tuned for further announcements.

To keep up with developments, click on: http://www.hyosung.co.nz/racing.php