Burt Munro Challenge
Two-time Burt Munro Trophy winner Jason Feaver will be racing for the first time in four months when he tries to defend the title at Oreti Beach tonight.
Feaver has dominated the 50-mile Burt Munro Trophy event, the signature race of the four day Burt Munro Challenge festival, winning in 2010 and in commanding fashion last year, with the 2011 race cancelled due to high tides and strong wind.
A former Southlander now based in Christchurch, Feaver injured a knee during a motocross training session and hasn't raced since having surgery four months ago.
However, the Christchurch roof restorer said that won't be holding him back tonight.
"Everything's all ready to go," Feaver said.
"You've always got to try and make improvements to the bike and yourself. You are always trying to better things. So much can change on the day, if it gets wet, there are so many variations. You've just go to go down there with a good bike setup and just be able to ride the whole race."
Feaver believes some his strongest competition for a third title will come from good friend Chris Manson, of Oamaru.
"He did really well last year ... he's always right there, and we are good friends as well, so it's always quite exciting."
While strong winds and adverse tides forced the cancellation of the beach racing in 2011 and 2009, an alternative venue in Bill Richardson Drive will be used if the weather gets nasty.
Today's forecast was for evening showers.
- The Southland Times