The VMCC winter series started well with a practice day on the Saturday followed by racing on the Sunday. Practice was the usual affair, getting a handle on the conditions for the weekend and making some minor suspension tweaks to suit. With both days quite mild and only fractionally overcast the conditions were quite favourable for winter racing.
With my class being a “senior” class there was quite a diverse mix of bikes on the grid, the 1000cc superbikes being mixed in with the smaller 600cc supersport class that I ride in. Although not a “pure” racing class, for club racing it is great fun as it enables a bigger grid and more passing opportunities. There was a surprisingly competitive field with several of the top nationals riders showing up.
I qualified on this grid as #10 which gave me a 3rd row start. Although I have improved my race starts they still have a way to come so I had a fair bit of work to do. From this position I managed to hang in the group of 3 fighting for 2nd place (in 600cc class) for the 1st and 3rd race, while a wrong direction with a suspension setting left me a second down on my usual pace and struggling into 5th in the 2nd race. Although I trailed the group for 2nd across the finish line I was still pleased as these were fast competition, one being #5 in the NZSBK supersport ranking (top level series in the country) and the other dominating the 125cc championship in the same series. I also managed to take almost a second off my personal best getting a lap of a 1:09.997.
Unfortunately a error on my part cost me the rest of the days racing on the 4th race as I tried a HIGHLY ambitious pass around the outside of the fastest corner of the track, the bumps around there effected me more than I had anticipated. Being a 170km/hr crash I was lucky not to damage myself or the bike but it did rule me out of the rest of the days racing.
Thanks again for all the support, next race is in a couple of weeks on the 12th so ill be sure to let you know how I get on.
Cheers Jake - #12