Avanti Racing in the driver’s seat after day 1 of Southland

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Stage 1 - TTT Avanti Racing Team 150Nov 3rd, ’14.  The team time trial opened up the 2014 SBS Tour of Southland yesterday afternoon, and it was the Avanti Racing Team who took the honours, setting the fastest time and putting Joseph Cooper in the first leader’s jersey of this year’s race.

  Stage 1 - TTT Avanti Racing Team 320Avanti Racing Team make light work of the poor conditions in stage 1, photo James Jubb Envious PhotographyNov 3rd, ’14.  The team time trial opened up the 2014 SBS Tour of Southland yesterday afternoon, and it was the Avanti Racing Team who took the honours, setting the fastest time and putting Joseph Cooper in the first leader’s jersey of this year’s race.

108 riders from 18 teams were present for the first stage around the streets of Invercargill.  Radio Sport – Ultimo were the first team to leave the start and set off on the 4.21km course; 1 lap of Queens Park.  After Placemakers left the start it was the turn of GMC Coaching-Hawkins; featuring Gordon McCauley.  McCauley  lines up this year for his 27th Tour of Southland in good form, having won the first round of the Trust House North Island Series and finished third in the second round.

The early best time was set by Mike Greer Homes who stopped the clock in 5.16.66mins.  But it was the Breads of Europe-All About Plumbing Team who were the first to go below 5.10mins.  The crew of Hayden McCormick, Alex Hooper, Michael Vink, Darcy Ellerm-Norton, Thomas Hubbard and Fraser Hewett went around Queens Park in the rather dreary conditions fastest at this point in 5.09.32mins.

It would be a while before anyone could top their time, although Creation Signs-L&M Group came closest with 5.11.04mins.  Avanti Racing meant business though and Joe Cooper, Mitchell Lovelock-Far, Taylor Gunman, Neil van der Ploeg, Aaron Donnelly and Tom Robinson blitzed the course at an average speed of 50.9kph to go under 5mins in 4.57.72mins.  Kia Motors-Ascot Park Hotel put up a good fight to steal second place from Breads of Europe-All About Plumbing but no one could stop the boys in blue who enjoyed an ideal start to their campaign to finally win the Tour of Southland; a race that has thus far eluded them.

Stage 1 - TTT Queens ParkThe riders battle the conditions around Queens Park for stage 1 of the SBS Tour of Southland, photo James Jubb Envious PhotographyJoe Cooper, as first across the line, will wear the first leader’s jersey and wear it for today’s stage from Invercargill to Gore. The stage will by no means be an easy one with a number of rises to contend with before the downhill finish.

After the first day of racing, Tour of Southland director Bruce Ross said, “[Joseph] Cooper has immediately thrown his gauntlet down on day one, we know [Tom] Scully [of Kia Motors-Ascot Park] is keen to do his absolute best and last year’s runner-up Taylor Gunman is just the tip of the iceberg with many potential winners in the mix of the field.”

Check out our feedback from Avanti Racing Team’s Taylor Gunman, and from Breads of Europe-All About Plumbing’s Alex Hooper.

 

Results (more results):

Pos. Team Time
1 Avanti Racing Team 4.57
2 Kia Motors-Ascot Park +0.04
3 Breads of Europe-All About Plumbing +0.11
4 Creation Signs-L&M Group +0.14
5 Powernet Ltd st
6 Barry Stewart Builders +0.15
7 H&J Smith Outdoor +0.16
8 Pure South st
9 Mike Greer Homes +0.19
10 Team Cromwell st

 

By:  Ed Wright

 

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