Dan’s the man again.
Australian Dan Stauffer again won the day at Wanganui’s traditional post-Christmas superbike extravaganza, the Cemetery Circuit races on Boxing Day, showing his surprise win there on debut last season was no fluke.
He even went a couple of steps better this time around by winning every race he entered.
The 35-year-old from the Gold Coast finished 4-1-1 last year but on his second visit to the central North Island city he clinched a perfect hat-trick of wins on his Bernard Racing Yamaha R1.
“It wasn’t quite perfect,” he laughed. “I did have to give up $200 to (defending Tri Series champion) Andrew Stroud,” he said, referring to the fact that Hamilton’s Stroud led two of 10 laps in the Robert Holden Memorial race, with $100 on offer for the leader of each lap.
“It was an interesting start to the day for me. I ran off the track twice during practice. I was going too hard on new tyres,” he shrugged.
“It was a really good day in the end. Brian Bernard (of Wanganui) prepared a really good bike. It was fantastic. Fingers crossed now I will be able to come back and contest the New Zealand Superbike Championships (which kick off at Christchurch’s Ruapuna circuit on January 8).”
Meanwhile, Stroud (David Reid Homes Mobil 1 Suzuki GSX-R1000) still did enough on Boxing Day to wrap up the Tri Series crown for an amazing fourth consecutive season.
© Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com