19 racers secured at least one race win at yesterday’s Cemetery Circuit Races including of course first-time meeting victors Richard Cooper and Xavier Denis.
Although missing out on the feature race crown, back to back F1 Superbike class victor Mitch Rees had the honour of becoming the new fastest rider in history at the ‘Southern Hemisphere’s TT’, by setting a blistering new lap record of 48.655 seconds within the second F1 Superbike race.
Rees, Suzuki Tri Series Champion Cooper victorious exploits on Boxing Day, made them respectively the 17th, 18th different winners of a Supersport, Superbike machinery-based race at Whanganui within the current decade.
Photo by Terry Stevenson
Kawasaki’s last success within the blue riband Robert Holden Memorial feature race remains from 2013, when renowned event expert Nick Cole triumphed.
Honda’s most recent Robert Holden Memorial feature race triumph arose in 2016, when event legend Tony Rees edged out 2017 TT Privateers Champion Horst Saiger.
All but one of the top ten finishers in the latest Robert Holden Memorial feature race lapped under the 50 seconds barrier.
Famous names you might not have realised that have competed around the Cemetery Circuit over the years have included ex World Superbike, Grand Prix, TT stars Aaron Slight, Simon Crafar, Graeme Crosby, Hideo Kanaya and Randy Mamola.
It’s five years since TV personality, 19 times International Road Race winner Guy Martin joined the Cemetery Circuit winners circle.
From 1953-1957 feature race Champion’s at Whanganui were AJS 7R mounted, with Rod Coleman, David Murphy taking respectively three, two premier class victories.
Were just two years away now from the Cemetery Circuit Races celebrating it’s 70th anniversary, since it first cropped up onto road racing calendar in 1951.
Words by Stevie Rial