The Auckland Motorcycling fraternity – led by Ken Dobson at Spectrum Motorcycles in Auckland, along with Colemans Suzuki – also recently raised funds to assist him racing at the Manx TT.
Since Mettam’s exploits at the start of the season at Cookstown, where he secured Supersport B race honours plus a Super Twins rostrum finish, the man from Glen Eden marked himself out as unquestionably a racer with a huge potential on the Irish road-racing scene.
A multiple-times a podium finisher at New Zealand’s most famous roads event, the Cemetery Circuit races on Boxing Day each year, we saw him then venture onto the international road-racing scene for the first time at the Vauxhall International North West 200 in mid May.
As at Cookstown and Tandragee prior to an incident in qualifying, he showed a mature professional approach in adapting to the fabled Triangle course.
Banking top 20 finishes within the Supersport races, Mettam quietly went under the radar with his steady, solid, accomplished performances.
Impressing many astute road-racing aficionados this year, he’s also captured the attention of various team managers including new lead sponsor Wilson Craig.
Following in the footsteps of the likes of such famous riders as Guy Martin, Keith Amor, Cameron Donald, William Dunlop, David Johnson, Jamie Hamilton and Derek McGee, he is the first racer from New Zealand to compete for Wilson Craig Racing.
Events on the horizon with the WCR team include the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix, plus the Armoy Road Races which this year celebrates 10 years of hosting first class closed-road action.
“After the north west 200 I wasn’t sure if I would race the rest of the season here, and things weren’t working out where I was,” Mettam said.
“I nearly got back onto a plane to head back to New Zealand when I got in contact with Wilson Craig Racing.
“Soon after that we sorted a deal to see me through the rest of the Irish road racing season and the Ulster GP, riding a 600 and a 1000 superbike.
“I’m very happy to join such a good and well known team and I am looking forward to the racing, riding some top bikes.”
Words by Stevie Rial
Photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
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