Greg - AMCC#2 / NI Cup #1 Mar 23 '03

AMCC#2 / NI Cup #1 March 23rd

The first round of club racing for 2003 saw Bob and I off to Taupo for round 2 of the AMCC club champs combined with Vic Club to create round 1 of the North Island Cup. It had been 7 months since we'd been racing at Taupo but this time Chris couldn't make it with prior commitments so Bob fired up his FZR400 to take his place in the No Hair trailer.

We left Te Kauwhata at 5:20am and arrived at the track just before 8am for sign on. The meeting proved a little slow to get going with a light sprinkling of rain but once started, there was heaps of action crammed into a short day. I entered both F1 and F2 classes and Bob in F3. Each class had 2 practice sessions and 3 races of 6 lap duration. By the time I had done 4 practices and a F1 race I knew my race fitness wouldn't be good enough to do 5 more races, so just did the remaining 3 F2 races.

I had a good day of racing, managing to get some reasonable starts and within 0.2 seconds of my personal best at Taupo. Most of the field was faster than me but I had fun with a couple of Kawasaki 600's and a 'chook chaser' (super motard). No scarey moments although there were quite a few crashes throughout the day as people tried to go hard for the start of the winter season.

This was the second time racing for Bob, and his first time racing at Taupo and I was impressed as his times got down to 50.19 on the 400. I told him not to go any faster or he'd embarass me and luckily the track cooled off a bit in the afternoon.

I won't be able to make the next round at Pukekohe on April 6th (too scared) but hopefully Bob & Chris will be there showing off their bald spots.

Thanks to my sponsors, WEBDES.CO.NZ and SSSLodge and to Jane & Nevina for letting us out to play.

CU at the track, Greg P.

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