The world’s southernmost supercross race is set for blast-off.
It was the dream of a couple of dairy farmers to build a proper super cross track in Southland and this was realised recently after contacting renowned supercross track builder Mason Phillips, from the Bay of Plenty.
The track was built and hopefully the riders will flock to the second round of the South Island Super- X Champs on December 10 – round 1 is set for Timaru the weekend before, December 3 and the final round is down for Motueka on January Jan 7-8.
Although it’s round two of the series, and it’s not until December 10, entries have to be received before the cut-off date of November 25.
The track has already had the thumbs up by former New Zealand Supercross champion Scott Columb after a recent junior supercross training session.
It has been constructed on the Ryan Road property of keen motocross fans Jim and Sandra Cooper.
Prompting the Coopers along with the supercross idea were friends Tony and Tracey Hartley, fellow dairy farmers and Brent and Maria Scammell, who are the local Honda Dealers and the naming sponsors.
Already keen to compete are well-known South Island riders such as Justin and Cayle McDonald, Campbell King (pictured above) and local junior riders Kyle Hartley, Travis McKenzie and Conrad White.
Depending on recent injuries, Craig Smith and Scott Columb are also likely starters.
Commentary will be handled by the infamous Gerry O’Kane.
With support from local motorcycle dealers and the Southland motorcycle club members, it is hoped that we can attract some top North Island Supercross riders with bikes and accommodation being made available.
Any further imformation can be found on www.southlandmotorcycleclub.org.nz or by phoning Jim Cooper on 027 2328203.
© Photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com