Cole dominates in F1 finals

KING COLE: Hamilton’s Nick Cole (Kawasaki ZX10R) was virtually unstoppable on the streets of Whanganui on Boxing Day.
KING COLE: Hamilton’s Nick Cole (Kawasaki ZX10R) was virtually unstoppable on the streets of Whanganui on Boxing Day.

Just like the postman's creed promises - neither rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night could keep Waikato's Nick Cole from delivering the goods on Boxing Day.

The 26-year-old Hamilton fitter-welder was virtually unstoppable on the sun-baked and then rain-lashed streets of Whanganui.

Only when the organisers deemed that the Cemetery Circuit track was too dangerous could the Kawasaki ace be forced to a stop.

Hamilton's Cole (Kawasaki ZX10R) won both Formula One races at Whanganui and looked comfortable doing it, but he was in catchup mode after experiencing difficulties in the earlier rounds of the series at Hampton Downs and Manfeild, and he eventually finished the series only seventh overall.

But Cole was so dominant at Whanganui that he could afford to ease up on the throttle near the end of both races.

"At first I thought I could hear another bike catching me, but it was just the echo from my own bike's noise bouncing back off the buildings," he laughed.

"I backed off because I wanted to bring it home safe and sound in the end.

"I don't know what makes me go so well on the street circuit. I just treat it like any other race.

"I have learned a lot over the years from following guys like Andrew Stroud, Craig Shirriffs and Dan Stauffer. I guess I was doing the teaching today."

Christchurch's Dennis Charlett (Suzuki GSX-R1000) had accumulated enough points at the first two rounds of the series that he could afford to relax, but he also knew that nothing was guaranteed.

Charlett's strategy was to ride sensibly and merely collect the points he needed to get the job done and his fourth and third placings were enough to wrap up the F1 title.

Wellington's Sloan Frost (BMW S1000RR) finished third and second on the slick streets of Whanganui and wound up three points short of catching Charlett.

Third and fourth overall in the series were fellow Suzuki stars Hayden Fitzgerald, of New Plymouth, and Ray Clee, of Auckland, with Christchurch's Ryan Hampton rounding out the top five.

Meanwhile, Palmerston North's Glen Williams was a double title winner, the Suzuki ace claiming the silverware in both the Formula Three and Post Classics pre-89 classes.

Auckland's Jaden Hassan (Yamaha R6) rode conservatively to wrap up the Formula Two class.

Hassan was unbeaten at rounds one and two but he was overshadowed at Whanganui by hometown pair Ashley Payne and Jayden Carrick.

Payne won the day with 3-1 results, while Carrick won the first of two F2 races and came home 11th in the next race to finish a close runner-up in the final reckoning.

Whanganui's Richard Dibben (Honda) won the super moto class by just two points from Tauranga's Duncan Hart (Yamaha), with last season's Tri Series super moto champion Toby Summers (Yamaha) climbing on the last step of the podium this time around.

The Bears (non-Japanese bikes) class was won by Katikati's Rhys Holmes (BMW 1000RR), with dual-class campaigner Frost finishing runner-up.

The day was cut short at Whanganui because of safety concerns when the skies opened with a huge downpour just before 5pm and this meant the stand-alone feature race, the Robert Holden Memorial, was not contested for the first time in the event's 60-year history.

Waikato Times