Unfortunately after Chris Swallow secured AHRMA Class C/Girder Fork race honours, the rest of the days competition at the annual Honda Invercargill Street Races, the traditional curtain raiser of the Burt Munro Challenge, was cancelled due to an oil spillage on the short but technical street course.
Prior to the curtailment of race action, qualifying at Invercargill saw Mitch Rees son of Cemetery Circuit legend Tony Rees secure pole position for the F1 Superbike race, following an accomplished display aboard the Rees Racing Honda.
Photo by Doug Cornes Photography
Jonny Lewis headed the Bears F1/Formula III qualifying sessions, whilst yesteryear machinery specialists Vince Burrell, Chris McMeeken and Jon Rawcliffe topped the time sheets respectively, in the Pre 63/Pre 72, Pre 82/Pre 89 JNR and Pre 89 Open classes.
Super Motard qualifying honours went the way of Josh Coppins, who’s time of 43.843 seconds was more than enough to hold an advantage of plus 0.4, over notable racers including street circuit specialist Andrew Rudd.
As previously mentioned Chris Swallow was victorious in the only race to take place, the AHRMA Class C/Girder Fork encounter, which saw Chris Frisken and fittingly nephew of Burt Munro, Lee Munro complete the top three finishers.
The full race result from the sole race, at the 2018 Honda Invercargill Street Races, is as follows:
1 Chris Swallow
2 Chris Frisken
3 Lee Munro
4 Michael Wilson
5 Malcolm Pearce
6 Francie Winteringham
7 Eddy Garner
8 Murray Johnston
9 Mick Chegwidden
10 Chris Beaumount
11 Bianca Bonner
12 Brian March
Words by Stevie Rial