Palmerston North's Glen Williams signed off his racing career in style at the Cemetery Circuit in Whanganui yesterday, taking out both the F3 and Pre-89 Classic Tri-series titles.
Despite unpredictable weather, with fine conditions then sudden downpours, Williams stayed out of trouble during the day, although he did have tyre issues.
"We cleaned up the F3 class finishing behind Scott Moir to wrap up that title," Williams said.
"And I think we grabbed the Pre-89 class by a point."
Williams had won every race in the Pre-89 Classics until a small mechanical error in the second round at Manfeild looked to have ruined the chances of sending his fantastic Bimota Y8 off to Australia on a winning note.
Williams was surprised to grab back Hastings veteran Eddie Kattenberg's (Yamaha 1000) 14-point lead even though Williams won a race and finished third in the other.
"Eddie didn't have a good day but I was surprised he only managed to finish sixth in each race," he said.
"It's nice to go out on a winning note with the old girl and in my last ride on her."
After winning the first of two pre-89 races Williams had to settle for a tricky third in the second race when he found himself stuck on slick tyres with the rain coming down.
"Tyres were an issue all day and I made nine different tyre choices trying to get the combination right for a race, but it was a difficult day for everyone."
With Williams having retired from the national series with four F3 titles in the last five years he'll be back to more mundane things over the new year period instead of racing around the South Island.
"Apart from work I've got a few renovations and other jobs to do around home, but you never know something might take my fancy in years to come."
In a first, heavy rain destroyed any hopes of the Robert Holden Memorial Trophy being run, which would have been disappointing for Nick Cole (Kawasaki), who had dominated both Superbike races ahead of Sloan Frost (Wellington, BMW) and Dennis Charlett (Christchurch, Suzuki GSXR1000).
However, Charlett took out his first tri-series title.
- Manawatu Standard
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