Wairarapa News : April 3rd 2013
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Spike and swinger Astrid Hart- nell, from Whanganui, aboard a 2009 world championship LCR rig, were between 20 and 30kmh faster than the opposition, despite a lack of familiarity with the racer and circuits. At Taupo, while we were get- ting used to it, we did 197kmh down the back straight. By the end of the weekend we were hit- ting 230kmh. The aerodynamics change at those speeds -- at one stage I thought Astrid had been blown off. We came up behind one of the top guys who was passing a slower bike and we just blew past the pair of them.'' Heart of the rig is a highly modified Suzuki GSXR built to world championship specifica- tions. The engine is virtually new, having been fitted by previous owner Steve Bron but never raced. We've done nothing to it,'' said Spike. Importantly, the new bike has restored Spike's enthusiasm. When I retired before I wasn't enjoying racing. This time I had a ball -- it was great fun; really enjoyable to ride.'' He's full of praise for Astrid, who he believes is the first woman to win the championship since the 80s. She's very professional and one of the fittest swingers. We have fun [an essential requirement of the Spike racing team] but we take our racing seriously.'' Every corner is analysed by Spike, Astrid and Masterton man Dennis Simonsen, a former cham- pion swinger and third in this year's series. Spike and Astrid only needed to score good points at Hampton Downs and Taupo to win the title and raced accordingly. They were second overall at Hampton Downs and got a couple of fourths at Taupo -- no heroics'', Spike noted. In the final race at Taupo they built up a six-second lead over four laps, improving their lap time by four seconds, before Astrid sig- nalled that she had an injured arm. Spike backed off and they finished second. It was a simple plan and it all went to plan,'' he said. They finished every race and got a podium placing at every meeting. Next time out is the Have A Go meeting at Taupo on May 4-5, and that's where Astrid and Spike change roles -- she at the controls and he on the chair. Dennis will take over the bike for the racing on the second day. Spike, a skilled engineer and sidecar-builder, has a couple of his earlier machines competing at the home of US sidecar racing, Lagu- na Seca, and would love to put the LCR through its paces over there. Owner of a mobility scooter business, Spike said the trip would come down to sponsorship. We ran this season on a light budget. We are sponsored by Whitelock Suzuki in Whanganui, where Astrid is the workshop manager.''
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