Ryan Hampton wins Bluff Hill Climb
Christchurch Superbike rider Ryan Hampton has again reigned supreme in the Bluff Hill Climb event of the Burt Munro Challenge.
The 23-year-old won his third consecutive open class title with a time of 44.74sec on his Honda CBR 1000 bike, shattering his previous record of 45.99sec, which he set last year.
Hampton's lighting-quick time over the 1.4km course, came in the first of his three timed runs.
Invercargill's Shane Livingstone finished second in the open class on his Suzuki GSXR 1000 with a top time of 49.32sec, while Rotorua's Malcolm Pearce was third in 52.43sec.
A thrilling battle was fought out in the up to 600cc class with Oamaru's Chris Manson running out the victor with a best time of 46.59sec on his last run.
Manson's time pipped Christchurch rider Jason Feaver, who thought he had achieved a winning time, when he powered up the hill with a 46.94sec dash on his final ascent.
Other class winners today were Wellington's Chris Swallow in the classic pre 63s, Glenham's Adam Dennis (pre 82), Edendale's Ricky Stewart (pre 89) and Gisborne's Ian Newman in the quad bikes.
The Burt Munro Challenge continues on Friday with beach racing at Oreti Beach, beginning at 4.30pm.
- The Southland Times