Records tumble at the New Zealand Superbike Championships


Dave Sharp on his Kawasaki during the qualifying round of the New Zealand Super Bike Championship at Teretonga Park, Invercargill.

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Dave Sharp on his Kawasaki during the qualifying round of the New Zealand Super Bike Championship at Teretonga Park, Invercargill.

Lap records were broken and set back at the New Zealand Superbike (NZSBK) Champions at Teretonga Park over the weekend.

Road racing team Altherm JCR Yamaha had a stellar weekend with riders: Alastair Hoogenboezem (Superbike), Jake Lewis (Supersport 600) and Cormac Buchanan (Supersport 600 and 300) who were regular podium finishers.

Buchanan had two pole positions, five race wins and two lap records in the Supersport 600 and Supersport 300 classes.

Karl Hooper and Cormac Buchanan during the qualifying round of the New Zealand Super Bike Championship at Teretonga Park, Invercargill.

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Karl Hooper and Cormac Buchanan during the qualifying round of the New Zealand Super Bike Championship at Teretonga Park, Invercargill.

He maintained his unbeaten streak in the Supersport 300 category after three rounds, but it was in the larger capacity class where he really shone.

In Race 1, Buchanan led the field home, took his maiden Supersport 600 win and set a fastest lap of 59.260 seconds, breaking the lap record set by Shane Richardson.

The second race was similar, with another win and Buchanan again reducing the lap record to 58.777 seconds.

Scott Moir Racing on a Yamaha R1 at the New Zealand Superbike Championships at Teretonga Park, Invercargill.

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Scott Moir Racing on a Yamaha R1 at the New Zealand Superbike Championships at Teretonga Park, Invercargill.

In his third Supersport 300 race, he won by 11.159 seconds, breaking the lap record.

“Being the very first 600 to undercut a 59 second lap around Teretonga is pretty cool. Going into the weekend to even come close to a 59 seemed impossible. Getting to the low 59s early, I knew I had more in the tank and could push to 58. Robert Taylor’s suspension worked like a dream,” said Buchanan.

He credited his YRDT teammate Lewis for the positive working relationship and was pleased they were able to get the two 1-2 results.

NZSBK Championship Standing (R2, R3 and R4 combined)

superbike

  1. Mitch Rees – 71,
  2. Alastair Hoogenboezem (YZF-R1) – 65,
  3. Dave Sharp-42.

Supersport 600

  1. Jake Lewis (YZF-R6) – 65
  2. Rogan Chandler-52
  3. Cormac Buchanan (YZF-R6) – 51

Supersport 300

  1. Cormac Buchanan (YZF-R3) – 76
  2. Jesse Stroud (YZF-R3) – 60
  3. Dennis Charlett (YZF-R3) – 45

Supersport 150

  1. Nixon Frost (YZF-R15) – 71
  2. Hunter Charlett (YZF-R15) – 65
  3. Lucas Guthrie (YZF-R15) – 48



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