Road Racing News

Honda Invercargill Street Races Preview

Street racing in New Zealand is set for lift off next week, as the Burt Munro Challenge incorporated Honda Invercargill Street Races take centre stage.

Event organisers have secured a diverse, wide ranging entry which features a strong mix of next generation, up coming, established NZ roads greats.

Amongst the anticipated front runners in the F1 Superbike races include Cemetery Circuit Races legend Tony Rees.

Although now considered a veteran, Rees remains one of his nation’s best roads course exponents and will be keen to excel again at his local meeting.

Joining current generation Fireblade Honda mounted Rees on the F1 entry list is 70th fastest racer in TT Races history, Jay Lawrence.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Lawrence absent from Boxing Day competition at Whanganui, steed of choice for competition at Invercargill is the Motoxtreme Dunedin supported XR96 1200 Suzuki.

More than capable of taking home multiple class successes, he impressed many with his turn of pace at the most recent TT meeting in 2019, scoring three top 25 finishes including a creditable 23rd place finish in the blue riband Dunlop Senior race.

Photo courtesy of Rod Price

Further depth to the entry is provided by the likes of Greymouth Street Races front runner Seth Devereux, Jonny Lewis, Heath Botica, Andrew Rudd, Moriwaki mounted Jeremy Holmes.

Chris McMeeken, Mitch Rowe, F2 Supersport ones to watch Craig Thomas, Dillon Telford and Luca Durning plus respected yesteryear classes exponent Vince Burrell.

In total no less than 18 different classes of machinery are represented at this year’s Honda Invercargill Street Races, which for the second successive year has the honour of holding the first pure road race worldwide.

14th of February is the date to remember for road race fans across the globe, with competitive action hoped to begin from 9:00 AM (Local Time).

Words by Stevie Rial

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