BRITTEN WINS THREE PODIUM POSITIONS AT GP
Contesting Britten's NZ Superbike Title Stephen Briggs riding in National Points Superbike Series on the CR&S BRITTEN raced by Britten M/C's, was supported by Andrew Stroud (fresh from his dominating Daytona victories on a Britten Racer) for round three of the National Points Superbike Series at the NZ GP meeting Ruapuna Park Mar 23.
The meeting was conducted under threatening skies, but the weather remained dry.
As expected Race 1 became a Battle of the Twin Cylinder machines with the leading contenders Briggs (Britten V1000, Haldane Ducati, and Stroud Britten V1000, locked in fierce competition during the initial stages of the 9 lap race. Stroud gained second position off Briggs (his team mate) and then hounded Haldane (Ducati Corsa) for the second half of the race to take the lead on lap 6 with a stunning display of the Britten V1000's power and nimble handling. Stroud held off the Ducati for the remaining 3 laps to take victory with Briggs a closely place third.
Race 2 The NZ GP and second National Points race of the day for the Superbike Class was set to be a major contest between these three machines. At turn one the placing were Haldane, Briggs, Tony Rees (Suzuki) and Stroud. Stroud rapidly disposed of the Suzuki and was gaining on the No 1 Britten of Briggs, thru lap two Stroud out braked Briggs to take second place. In the tight in field entry Stroud highsided his Britten V1000 and was thrown from the machine. The race was stopped, the machine removed from the track. Stroud (who set the current Ruapuna lap record of 1 minute 32.8 seconds at the GP meeting last season on a Britten to win the National Superbike Championship), received only minor bruising, the machine was cosmetically damaged but neither competed in the restart.
Briggs raced the restart and went onto a third placing with Haldane placed first and Tony Rees trialing in second place.
National Superbike Point after round three:
Haldane 117, Briggs 94 and Tony Rees 81.
The final two races will be held at Teretonga Invercargill New Zealand March 30.
We wish to thank our Sponsors:
ICI AUTOCOLOR, MOBIL 1, SBS BRAKES, AEI BANNER and Motorcycling Canterbury for their support.