The Trust House North Island team series is set for a thrilling finale in the Wairarapa this weekend, with overall victory in the series on the line. This Sunday’s final race held on the outskirts of Masterton will decide the overall 2018 Trust House winner in all grades.
It’s difficult to see Brendan McGrath from Meo GP not winning his masters 1 grade with a lead of 20 points over second place Handy Hagan with Steve Bale a further five points behind; the real fight here is for second at this point. Interesting to see the only woman in the series Kate McIlroy is currently in fifth place and with chances of finishing in the top three in masters one if she produces a good race on Sunday.
In the team’s competition Wheelworks team has already secured their 2018 teams title, racing very consistently throughout, always placing riders in top places and securing points for the title.
The final outcome in Masters two grade is also interesting. Current leader Matthew Stevens from Kiwivelo team who won race four, but was later disqualified by race judges, is now only five points in front of Huib Buyck from Total Home Theatre team who has been very consistent in all four previous races. Kiwivelo team leads the master’s two team’s competition six points in front of Lonestar Palmerston North team.
In Masters three Ian Painting from Kiwivelo team has been the rider of the series, winning two races and coming second in the other two to have a good lead of 19 points over second placed Oliver Ferry from Optimal Performance; with team mate Richard Sutton in third place 17 points behind Ferry.
The 2017 team winners Optimal Performance have almost secured the 2018 title in the teams competition with all riders in the team doing fantastic rides each race, not going for race wins but racing mostly for the teams competition.
Race Director Jorge Sandoval says race leaders may have a good lead to feel confident going into the final race and secure the title but there is also the team’s competition where riders need to finish in the top 10 places to secure a good team’s outcome.
“The cards are on all riders in each team to be aggressive and ride as a team to ensure they secure enough points,” Sandoval said.
Sandoval is looking forward to the outcome of the final race and is already planning next year’s series.
“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number of people that have taken part in the Trust House Series, we have riders practically from all over the country coming to the races. The 2018 series has been run for the first time as races for masters riders only and over 200 riders have entered the races. Changing the format and presenting new race routes has proven successful with most riders endorsing all circuits, I will work hard to encourage more riders to come to Wairarapa and take part in the series in 2019.”
Sunday’s final race will start from Henley Lake in Masterton and will finish at Black Rock Road. Riders will ride towards Alfredton via Whangaehu Valley Rd before returning to the finish.