It may have been Valentine’s Day – but there wasn’t too much love-lost at Round Four of the Auckland Motorcycle Club Series at Hampton Downs last Sunday, as the competition intensified in the lead-up to the double-points finale in April – where with 150 points on offer in the AMCC classes, over three races, it is clear the outcome in most classes is far from determined.
John Ross turned out in Senior, only to crash in Race One. James Hoogenboezem would do the same in Race Three. Toby Summers won the Round, and Ray Clee reminded everyone to keep an eye over their shoulder as he jumped to second in the Formula One points.
Daniel Mettam continued his sharp form in Formula Two, and has jumped out to a comfortable points lead, as Connor London did not compete at this Round. Both Mettam and Aaron Hassan – despite giving away 400cc to the Formula One machinery – continue to harass the 1-litre runners in the Senior races.
Intermediate provided plenty of action; particularly in Race Two where Gavin Veltmeyer, Daniel Mettam, Jacob Stroud and Ben Rosendaal circulated in close company till the final lap, where a touch between Mettam and Stroud exiting Turn One allowed Veltmeyer through for the win.
Veltmeyer has not finished off the podium in Formula Three so far this season.
Ben Rosendaal can almost match that in Pro Twin 650; with 11 podium finishes in 12 starts – and including eight victories. No surprise then, that he leads the points in that class.
Over in Junior, Nathanael Diprose continues his steam-roller season – dominating 250 ProLite; as well as the Hyosung Cup.
The first Cup race was as competitive as they come – Diprose, Jacob Stroud, Veltmeyer, Avalon Biddle and Daniel Parry slugging it out to the finish – a mere 1.1 seconds covering the five at the flag.
Lightweight Production had a shakeup – again via that man Veltmeyer, who has moulded the KTM 390 into a force to be reckoned with against the 300 Kawasaki’s. Three wins went the way of the KTM, and he has pulled himself into contention for the Class win.
Post Classic and Clubman rounded out the racing, and most point’s interest centres on Pre 82 Junior where Phil Bagshaw, Alistair Wilton and Trevor Taylor have set up a thrilling final Round – just 10 points between them.
Of note also – in Clubmans Senior – paraplegic rider Paul Garrett secured another two wins – to take his season tally to five – and he leads the points going into the final Round.
That double-points finale will be held at Hampton Downs on 9th April.