Josh Coppins wins New Zealand Beach Race Championships
New Zealand motocross legend Josh Coppins gave the large crowd at Oreti Beach on Friday night another glimpse of his class on a motorbike.
Coppins defended his Burt Munro Trophy title at the New Zealand Beach Racing Championships.
It was his second year lining up in the event.
It was also the second time the 39-year-old has etched his name on the trophy which is named after Munro set a land-speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1962.
The 2016 New Zealand Beach Race Championships took place under blue skies, with only patchy cloud.
Apart from a late wind gust or two it was otherwise pleasant conditions for the estimated 2000 people who lined the Oreti Beach sand dunes.
There was some spectacular action headlined by Coppins.
Coppins led from start to finish in the 50 lap Burt Munro Trophy race.
He lapped everyone in the field barring second placed Jonny Racz to highlight his dominance.
About 130 competed in Friday night's beach race across various categories.
The Burt Munro Challenge will continue on Saturday with racing at Teretonga Park throughout the day before speedway action at Oreti Park starting at 4pm.
The Invercargill Street Races will take place on Sunday.