Chris - PMCC R3, '02

Wow, what a day...! - That's the kind of racing I enjoy. Nice clear weather, warm and dry, just enough sunshine to get you sweating in your leathers. ;)

Results table for F2 going into this round were as follows:

1. Scott Griffiths 140
2. Sean Bishop 84
3. Chris Wiltshire 81
3. Hayden Fitzgerald 81
4. Paul Brown 57
....

Close and interesting for 2nd, 3rd and 4th. - And between the three of us on the day, we changed order 2 times.

Pos | Pts | Rider RACE 1
1 | 25 | Greg Brier
2 | 20 | Matt Haliburton
3 | 16 | Sean Bishop
4 | 13 | Chris Wiltshire
5 | 11 | Hayden Fitzgerald
6 | 10 | James Dean
7 | 9 | Brent Symes
8 | 8 | Greg Percival
9 | 7 | Scott Griffiths
10 | 6 | Brendon Stephenson
11 | 5 | John Faithful

Pos | Pts | Rider RACE 2
1 | 25 | Greg Brier
2 | 20 | Matt Haliburton
3 | 16 | Scott Griffiths
4 | 13 | Hayden Fitzgerald
5 | 11 | Brent Symes
6 | 10 | Chris Wiltshire
7 | 9 | James Dean
8 | 8 | Greg Percival
9 | 7 | John Faithful
10 | 6 | Brendon Stephenson

After Race 2:
1. Scott Griffiths 163
2. Hayden Fitzgerald 105
3. Chris Wiltshire 104
4. Sean Bishop 100
5. Paul Brown 57

Sean had misfortune in Race 2, when he got tangled up in an incident with Scott Griffiths and came off his bike in the hairpin. - Hayden rode an excellent second race, compared to other riders I seemed to be going backwards, but my times hadn't changed much. More that they had all pulled their finger out.

I had a chat with Stella over the points, and realised that Hayden had taken the lead over me by a single point. - My Race 2 lap times were quicker in F1 than they were in F2. - So my backward performance in F2 R2, could have been down to getting tired. Greg and I made a tactical decision to sit out the third F1 race, and concentrate on the final F2 race. - I sat and focussed on what I was going to do.

With motivation behind me, I got within .1 of a second of my best laptime round Taupo. 43.11, my previous best being a 43.02 (Greg was wrong in his report! - Someone note down the time and date!)...

This was such a great accomplishment for me at Taupo, I've not been this close since I set that personal best 2 years ago! :) And in doing so, I managed to stay in front of Hayden..

Pos | Pts | Rider RACE 3
1 | 25 | Greg Brier
2 | 20 | Matt Haliburton
3 | 16 | Chris Wiltshire
4 | 13 | Hayden Fitzgerald
5 | 11 | Brent Symes
6 | 10 | James Dean
7 | 9 | Sean Bishop
8 | 8 | Greg Percival
9 | 7 | John Faithful
10 | 6 | Brendon Stephenson

The three point difference between 3rd and 4th was enough to see me clear into 2nd place. :) Excellent! - So I was awarded with a lovely shiney trophey to take home!

Pos | R1 | R2 | R3 | Tot | Rider
1 | 65 | 75 | 23 | 163 | Scott Griffiths
2 | 43 | 38 | 39 | 120 | Chris Wiltshire
3 | 31 | 50 | 37 | 118 | Hayden Fitzgerald
4 | 61 | 23 | 25 | 109 | Sean Bishop
5 | 0 | 7 | 75 | 82 | Greg Brier
6 | 0 | 0 | 60 | 60 | Matt Haliburton
7 | 33 | 24 | 0 | 57 | Paul Brown
8 | 51 | 0 | 0 | 51 | Grant Russell
9 | 0 | 17 | 29 | 46 | James Dean
10 | 10 | 0 | 31 | 41 | Brent Symes
11 | 5 | 10 | 24 | 39 | Greg Percival
12 | 21 | 12 | 0 | 33 | Deane Labrum
13 | 20 | 10 | 0 | 30 | Mike Grayling
14 | 0 | 21 | 0 | 21 | Steve Bagshaw
15 | 21 | 0 | 0 | 21 | Jason Nairn
16 | 0 | 20 | 0 | 20 | Jared Love
17 | 0 | 20 | 0 | 20 | Regan Griffiths
18 | 0 | 20 | 0 | 20 | Rhys Healy
19 | 0 | 0 | 19 | 19 | John Faithful
20 | 0 | 18 | 0 | 18 | Craig Sargent
21 | 0 | 0 | 18 | 18 | Brendon Stephenson
22 | 17 | 0 | 0 | 17 | Chris Taylor
23 | 0 | 16 | 0 | 16 | Nick Odermatt
24 | 13 | 0 | 0 | 13 | Carl Wright
25 | 12 | 0 | 0 | 12 | Craig Sergeant
26 | 0 | 9 | 0 | 9 | Marty Van Booma

You can probably tell from the tone of by this report, and Greg's that we both really enjoyed the Pacific Motor Cycle Club's series, it was great fun, well organised with a great friendly atmosphere. Thanks guys!

Also, thanks to Stella for all of her hard work and effort! :) - And Vermin ooops, I mean Vernon (Greg's Dad..) too!

Chris.


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