BSB National Superstock front runner Damon Rees concluded a faultless day’s racing at the 2020 Cemetery Circuit Races, by taking for the first time the coveted Robert Holden Memorial feature race title.
Victorious in the prior F1 Superbike races, the re-started ten lap feature race saw the new Ashcourt Racing signing embroiled in a gripping battle for spoils with elder brother, F1 Suzuki Tri Series victor Mitch Rees.
Come the conclusion of the 10 lap encounter, just 0.147 separated the Honda mounted sons of New Zealand road racing legend Tony Rees.
Delighted at following his dad in becoming a premier road race Champion at Whanganui, the younger of the Rees brothers, (Damon) candidly stated via Facebook:
“Clean sweep in today’s racing at the Cemetery Circuit! Qualifying P1, going 1,1 in Formula 1 races, breaking the lap record in the process.
The cherry on top was also winning the Robert Holden Memorial ahead of my big bro Mitch Rees! The Robert Holden Memorial is a race I’ve been wanting to win for a long time, so I’m super stoked!
Today’s results meant that I finished 3rd in the series (Suzuki Tri Series), which I am really happy about after having a rough start to the championship. I can’t thank the Team Rees crew enough for preparing our Blue Wing Honda CBR1000rr.”
Behind the Rees brothers, third place within the blue riband race at the Southern Hemisphere’s ‘Isle of Man’ went the lay of local favourite Jayden Carrick.
Adam Chambers took fourth, ex McKinstry Racing, Wilson Craig Racing pilot Daniel Mettam claimed fifth whilst remaining finishers were lead Supersport 600 runner Zak Fuller (6th), Richie Dibben (7th), David Hall (8th), Ray Clee (9th), Dan McKenzie (10th) and Aprilia machinery exponent Mark Perry (11th).
Words by Stevie Rial