Global Motorsports Team Newsletter NZSBK round Event three
The Championship headed to Invercargill for round three, but the usual mix of wind and rain was the least of our worries. Read all about it here.
Team manager report
Meet the team
Kenâ€™s race report
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Our pace at Teretonga last weekend was looking great, but the weekend turned out to be memorable for all the wrong reasons.
The long trek to Invercargill’s Teretonga race track began early Wednesday morning when Jared and I left Timaru in the team’s semi-unit. Arriving in Invercargill late in the afternoon we were very surprised to encounter some fine weather. However, this was short-lived; when we turned up at the track early on Thursday morning, we were greeted with stiff cold south-easterlies which made getting the truck-side pit awning up a challenge. Friday’s practice day again showed Ken’s huge potential with Ken posting a 1:02.4, his time being around eighth fastest in the 20+ 600cc field. The team tried several minor set-up changes and we looked forward to Saturday’s qualifying sessions with confidence. Saturday dawned again cold and with a stiff southeasterly. After we fitted a set of new Bridgestone R10 race tyres, Ken proceeded to set about the task of qualifying, posting a string of 1:01 minute laps with a best of 1:01.2 on his sixth lap.
different line to pass a slower rider. Unfortunately Ken lost the front of the Suzuki GSX-R and crashed at over 200kph, causing extensive damage to the machine, ending our weekend. Fortunately Ken escaped the crash uninjured and had qualified tenth for Sunday’s points races. The long repair job now begins, and we’re looking to have the bike up and running for the next Championship round at Hampton Downs in March. At this time we’re unsure if the bike will be repaired in time for the Paeroa street race being held in February. Many thanks again for everyone’s support and help over the season thus far, especially Paul and Jared. The team has renamed Southland the “Summerless South” and “Antarctica, but with grass and less penguins” Cheers,
Then. with around ten minutes of the session to run he entered the very fast turn one and had to take a
Meet the team Title
Suzuki’s new GSX-R600 has long been regarded as the weapon of choice in the 600cc classes, making it the perfect choice for our debut season.
Fresh from the showroom at Bay Motorcycles, the GSX-R600 is awesomely fast. But we’ve made the bike even better, with help from some of the best names in the business. Brian Bernard of Bernard Racing has fitted our engine with race cams to give us more punch out of corners and a higher top speed. And with the increased power, we’ll need the stickiest and longest-lasting tyres available; Bridgestone’s highly regarded BTR-10 racing slicks. To complement the increased grunt and grip, Kerry Dukic from Dukic Performance has upgraded our suspension with a K-Tech rear shock absorber and front fork kit that will see our already potent Suzuki handling beautifully and lapping at record pace this summer!
After a season in SuperLight, Ken Jones is back to tackle 600 Supersport with support from Andrew Forward of Global Motorsport.
Having raced in various classes over the last six years, Ken Jones is a familiar face in the paddock. He began in buckets at the age of fourteen, before making the move to 125GP in 2007 under the guidance of Maarty van Booma. After missing the 2009/10 season, Ken moved up to the SuperLight class for 2011. Riding the No Hair Racing YZF-R450. Ken placed fifth overall, scoring a best race result of third at Hampton Downs. Having seen Kenâ€™s potential, Global Motorsportâ€™s Andrew Forward has come onboard as title sponsor for the 2011/12 season. With a solid programme of preseason testing behind them, the team are race fit and gunning for a top five finish in the 2012 New Zealand 600 Supersport Championship.
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Literally built for bike racing, Teretonga rewards clever setup as much as skilled riding.
Tucked away at the bottom of the South Island, Teretonga Park Raceway is not only the southernmost (FIA certified) racetrack in the world, but also one of our oldest, opening in 1957. Originally designed for motorcycle racing, the key word at Teretonga is smoothness. Just as the track flows smoothly from one turn to the next, smooth riders are generally the fastest around the circuit.
Main straight: 250km/h Begin braking at the 150m board, and position yourself on the righthand side of the track (but allowing room for a wind gust to blow you across from the left).
However simple it might look, the track is far from easy to master. Situated right next to the coast (and beyond that, a few thousand kilometers of Southern ocean), Teretonga is subject to some of the most extreme and changeable weather of any track in the country. Gale force winds can accompany driving rain during the summer, while mid-winter racing can be held up while organisers wait for surface ice to melt. Add in an abrasive track surface that is known for destroying tyres in a number of laps (unless you get your bike setup spot on), and Teretonga certainly presents a challenge to any team and rider who race there. Perhaps thatâ€™s part of the attraction?
Turn one (Caltex sweeper): 195km/h The fastest corner of the season! Looks like a single apex, but you can get through it faster by taking it as a double. Get it right and itâ€™s the best feeling in the world.
Lap record: 600 Supersport - 0:59.949 (Dennis Charlett, January 2008)
Start/finish line: 210km/h The pit wall ends just before the finish line, so prepare to be hit by the crosswind and pushed back to centre of the track.
Turn three (Castrol): 85km/h First turn using the right hand side of the tyre; gotta be careful not to highside on the first lap when the tyres are still cold.
Turn eight (GWD Elbow): 120km/h The elbow may not look like much, but this corner can be difficult to master with a tailwind. Watch for other riders passing up the inside.
Turn six (Hairpin): 150km/h Get this turn right and youâ€™re set all the way down to the elbow, and back up the straight.
Ken’s race report 07
Back to Teretonga for round three, and Ken was on the brink of a breakthrough performance when disaster struck.
We arrived at the track early Friday morning ready for the weekend ahead. The weather was windy and cold but at least it was dry.We completed several sessions of testing that left me quietly confident for the weekend ahead with a best time of 1:02.9. Saturday was soon at our doorstep and we were ready for the day ahead. For the first session we fitted newer tyres to try and help me further my progress, and by the end of the first session I had managed to achieve a new personal best of 1:02.4. Before my second practice session, Jared and I sat down to discuss where I could improve further on the track. With a small adjustment to the front forks, I managed to improve down to a 1:02.1. Next on the list was Qualifying. I wasn’t sure how much more time I was going to be able to find however I was determined to give it my all. Midway through, I’d to set a 1:01.2 and was pumping them out consistently when disaster hit. After a rider entered the track in front of me on the straight, I moved over to the righthand side of the track to give him room. I’d never run so far
to the right on this part of the track before, and when I applied the brakes going into turn one, the bike hit bumps I wasn’t aware of and went into a tankslapper. I was unable to save it, and crashed. Back in the pits, we saw that the bike had sustained a lot of damage, and without the parts we needed we weren’t able to fix the bike in time to race on Sunday. Despite this, I’ve been able to take away a lot of positives from the weekend; my best time was just over a second off the fastest lap set; I managed to get my best qualifying position to date, and with Jared’s coaching I’m riding better than ever. Ken. N.Z. 600cc Supersport Championship round three Qualifying
NZSBK round three
Down but not out: Ken’s crash meant an end to the weekend, but we’ll be back in force at Paeroa or Hampton Downs.
With an established presence in the U.S., Lucas Oils are adding a new chapter to their history by supporting the Global Motorsports team here in New Zealand.
Lucas Oil Products was founded by Forrest Lucas and his wife Charlotte in 1989. Prior to that, Forrest was a truck driver for over 20 years. He and Charlotte were also the owners of a nationwide long haul trucking fleet. They experienced first hand the need for better lubricants and fuel treatments to maintain their own fleet.
Lucas also produces a heavy duty line of products for the industrial and agricultural markets. President Forrest Lucas sums it up, “Our forte’ is to make better products for industries and specialty situations that are not having their needs completely satisfied by other oil products and, believe me, the major oil companies have left a lot of weak spots.”
Given their personal experience in the trucking industry, Forrest and Charlotte started Lucas Oil Products with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas has established itself as a top selling additive line in the American truck stop industry.
Lucas has long been directly involved in the American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels. Seeing a need for better lubricants in this industry, the Lucas people went to work again. The end result being a line of high performance engine and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry. Lucas racing products have proven themselves on NASCAR, NHRA, IHRA, USHRA and ATPA tracks across the country.
Lucas is also one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry. A premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives has helped to firmly establish Lucas as a the leader in this marketplace.
As we expand throughout Australiasia, we’re proud to offer our support to the Global Motorsport team in the New Zealand Championship. They’ll have Lucas Oils products for sale at the track, so be sure to stop by their pit area and pick up some at the next round!
The range of high perfomance Lucas Oils products is certainly helping our season run smoothly
Weâ€™ll be competing at 10 meetings over the summer, and would love to have you at the track to cheer us on!
Burt Munro Festival
Wyndham township and Teretonga, Invercargill
26th and 27th November 2011
Suzuki International Tri Series round one
Hampton Downs, Waikato
10th December 2011
Suzuki International Tri Series round two
Manfeild Park, Fielding
17th December 2011
Suzuki International Tri Series round three
Cemetery Circuit, Wanganui
26th December 2011
New Zealand Superbike Championship round one
Ruapuna Park, Christchurch
7th and 8th January 2012
New Zealand Superbike Championship round two
Levels Raceway, Timaru
14th and 15th January 2012
New Zealand Superbike Championship round three
Teretonga Park, Invercargill
21st and 22nd January 2012
Battle of the Streets
Hacksaw circuit, Paeroa
19th February 2012
New Zealand Superbike Championship round four
Hampton Downs, Waikato
17th and 18th March 2012
New Zealand Superbike Championship round five
Taupo Motorsport Park, Taupo
24th and 25th March 2012
Hacksaw circuit, Paeroa
Hampton Downs, Waikato
Taupo Motorsport Park Cemetery Circuit, Wanganui Manfeild Park, Fielding
Ruapuna Park, Christchurch Levels Raceway, Timaru
Teretonga Park, Invercargill
Wyndham street circuit, Invercargill
Looping through nearly 270Ëš, the long turn one sweeper at Teretonga is an icon of New Zealand motorsport, and is best enjoyed flat out with your knee on the deck!
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Next meeting (TBC):
Battle of the Streets, Hacksaw Circuit, Paeroa, Coromandel Sunday 19th February 2012
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