Tuesday, December 18

FROST WINS, STROUD CRASHES

Valvoline BMW S 1000 RR racer Sloan Frost made up for a nasty crash a week ago at Hampton Downs by winning both Formula One legs at the second 2012 Suzuki Tri-Series road-racing meeting at Manfeild on Sunday.

It wasn’t enough however to capture the series lead, which is now held by Dennis Charlett on his Underground Brown Suzuki GSX-R1000 following a pair of third placings.

Frost lies just seven points behind in the title chase heading into a tantalising final round at Wanganui on December 26. And, with Kumeu’s Ray Clee (RCM Suzuki Superbike) capturing two brilliant second positions to sit one point behind Frost, the series has opened right up and could be won by any one of several keen riders.

The big story at the meeting, however, was defending champ and fastest qualifier Andrew Stroud's crash.

Stroud fell at the last corner of the opening race while in the lead. He was taken to hospital and suffered a broken right collarbone, ending the Suzuki star’s fifth title chances.

The accident happened when Stroud and Frost caught up with a pair of lapped riders, who were having their own battle, while braking from high speed into the final turn. As Stroud tipped into the corner, the slower riders ahead suddenly closed the racing line, leaving Stroud to brake even harder and with nowhere to go but take a tighter line.

Which is exactly where Frost was. In fact, while attempting his own overtake up the inside of Stroud, Frost saw it coming and rode onto the inside grass to avoid a collision, letting his brakes off at the same time. Out of options, at high speed, and with nowhere to go, Stroud clipped Frost’s BMW and fell to the ground leaving a long 180km/h dust cloud in an unfortunate racing incident.

Frost somehow managed to stay on his bike and took victory ahead of Clee, who had caught the pair after setting the fastest lap of the race, with Charlett crossing the line in third. A bare tenth of a second ahead of New Plymouth’s Hayden Fitzgerald (Suzuki NZ GSXR1000).

Nick Cole (Red Devil Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R), of Hamilton, made his way up to third early in the race but faded with suspension issues to finish fifth on a standard ZX-10R with an aftermarket exhaust, ahead of  Craig Shirriffs (Suzuki GSXR1000).

Frost also won the second Formula 1 race from Clee with Dennis Charlett third after a  race-long battle with Hayden Fitzgerald.

Jaden Hassan easily won both Formula Two races for up to 600cc machines on his Home Buyers Reports Yamaha NZ R6. Everyone else was in a race for second, a long way behind the sizzling 18 year old Aucklander.

Glen Williams won both F3 races for Suzuki on his hot SV650, ahead of Chris Osborne and Terry Fitzgerald in race one, and Fitzgerald and Jason Nairn in race two. Williams holds a handy 23 point lead over Osborne, and Fitzgerald a further point behind, with only two races at Wanganui remaining, although Osborne is not entered.

Duncan Hart and Richard Dibben took a win each in the Supermoto class with the usual action-packed racing expected from the category. The podium for each race also consisted of Scott Moir on an underpowered machine after earlier engine troubles, and rocket-man Toby Summers.

Glen Williams took victory in the opening Pre ’89 heat in front of Eddie Kattenburg and Damian Mackie. But a fairing bracket on his Bimota YB8 came loose in race two, letting Kattenburg through for a fine win, followed by Mackie and Paul Wootton.

As expected Sloan Frost also won both BEARS races on his Valvoline BMW S 1000 RR. Rhys Holmes, Travis Moan and Richard Taylor filled the podium slots in each leg.

The final round of the 2012 Suzuki Tri-Series takes place at Wanganui’s Cemetery Circuit on Boxing Day, where American legend Pat Hennen makes a special appearance, and all the titles will be decided.

2012 Suzuki Tri-Series results from Feilding, Sunday December 16.
Formula 1, race 1: Sloan Frost (Wellington, Valvoline BMW S1000RR), 1;  Ray Clee (Kumeu, RCM Suzuki Superbike), 2; Dennis Charlett (Christchurch, Underground Brown Suzuki GSXR1000), 3; Hayden Fitzgerald (New Plymouth, Suzuki NZ GSXR1000), 4; Nick Cole (Hamilton, Red Devil Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R), 5;  Craig Shirriffs (Feilding, Suzuki GSXR1000), 6.
Formula 1, race 2: Frost, 1; Clee, 2; Charlett, 3; Fitzgerald, 4; Shirriffs, 5; Ryan Hampton, (Christchurch, Hampton Honda CBR1000RR), 6.
Formula 1 series points: Dennis Charlett, 82; Sloan Frost 75; Ray Clee, 74; Hayden Fitzgerald, 69; Craig Shirriffs, 67; Ryan Hampton, 53.
Formula 2, race 1: Jaden Hassan (Auckland, Home Buyers Reports Yamaha NZ R6), 1; John Ross (Christchurch, Repsol Suzuki GSXR600), 2; Jeremy Holmes (Invercargill, Castrol Honda CBR600RR), 3; Jayden Carrick (Wanganui, Suzuki GSXR600), 4; Thomas Kreutz (Germany, Yamaha NZ R6), 5; Daniel Kempthorne (Palmerston North, Yamaha R6), 6.
Formula 2, race 2: Hassan, 1; Holmes, 2; Carrick, 3; Seth Devereux  (Christchurch, Kawasaki ZX-6R 2012), 4; Adam Chambers (Hawkes Bay, Honda CBR600RR) 5; Kreutz, 6.
Formula 2 series points: Jaden Hassan, 102; Jeremy Holmes, 84; Jayden Carrick, 72; John Ross, 64; Toby Summers and Daniel Kempthorne, 56.
Formula 3, race 1: Glen Williams (Palmerston North, Suzuki SV650), 1; Chris Osborne (Feilding, Ozzy 450R), 2; Terry Fitzgerald  (Waitara, SV650), 3; Jason Nairn (New Plymouth, Suzuki SV 650), 4; Gavin Veltmeyer (New Windsor, Suzuki SV650), 5; Kerry Bates (Upper Hutt, Suzuki SV650), 6.
Formula 3, race 2: Williams, 1; Fitzgerald, 2; Nairn, 3; Osborne, 4; Veltmeyer, 5; Gareth Easter (Lower Hutt, Suzuki GSXR450), 6.
Formula 3 series points: Glen Williams, 97; Chris Osborne, 74; Terry Fitzgerald, 73; Gavin Veltmeyer, 70; Gareth Easter, 52; Scott Moir, 49.
Supermoto race 1: Duncan Hart (Tauranga, Yamaha YZF450), 1; Richard Dibben (Wanganui, Honda CRF450), 2; Scott Moir (Taupo, Honda CRF450), 3; Glen Haden (Wanganui, Honda CRF450), 4; Casey Bullock (Taupo, KTM 450SMR), 5; Toby Summers (Auckland, Yamaha YZF450), 6.
Supermoto race 2: Dibben, 1; Moir, 2; Summers,3; Hart, 4; Bullock, 5; Haden, 6.
Supermoto series points: Richard Dibben, 92; Duncan Hart, 81; Toby Summers, 76; Glenn Haden and Scott Moir, 72; Casey Bullock, 64.
Post Classic Pre ’89 race 1: Glen Williams (Palmerston North, Bimota YB8 1000), 1; Eddie Kattenberg (Hawkes Bay, Yamaha FZR1000), 2; Damian Mackie (Te Puke, Suzuki RG500), 3; Paul Wootton ((Waikane, Suzuki GSXR1100), 4; Sean Donnelly (Paraparaumu, Kawasaki GPZ1170), 5; Ernie Cudby (Upper Hutt, Yamaha FZR600), 6.
Post Classic Pre ’89 race 2: Kattenberg, 1; Mackie, 2; Wootton , 3; Cudby, 4; Mark Hay (Otaki, GSXR1100), 5; Malcolm McDonald (Wanganui, Kawasaki KR 1250), 6.
Post Classic Pre ’89 series points: Eddie Kattenberg, 91; Damian Mackie, 78; Glen Williams, 77; Paul Wootton, 74; Mark Hay, 55; Andrew Skelton and Terry Moran, 46.
BEARS race 1: Sloan Frost (Wellington, Valvoline BMW S1000RR), 1; Rhys Holmes (Katikati, BMW S1000RR), 2; Richard Taylor (Wellington, BMW S1000RR), 3; Travis Moan (Auckland, BMW S1000RR), 4; Jamie Galway (Masterton, Triumph Daytona 675), 5; Nick Prestige (Hawera, Ducati 1098R), 6.
BEARS race 2: Frost, 1; Moan, 2; Holmes, 3; Taylor, 4; David Michael (Palmerston North, Ducati 1098), 5; Galway, 6;
BEARS series points: Travis Moan, 87; Rhys Holmes, 84; Sloan Frost, 77; Richard Taylor, 76; Jamie Galway, 65; Nick Prestidge, 60.