NEW Zealand has claimed bragging rights in the final event of the 2018 East Coast Sidecar Roundup at Tamworth’s Oakburn Park on Saturday.
The team of Andrew Buchan and Danny Cox helped bring the title home to the other side of the Tasman with victory in the night’s final event.
The duo edged past fellow New Zealanders Grant Bond and Glen Cox to secure victory, after trailing for three of the race’s four laps.
Tamworth Motorcycle Club president Paul Slade said the Saturday’s action was “very exciting”.
“It was the fourth and final event of this year’s series and it was certainly a big event for us,” Slade said.
“It’s the fourth year we have hosted the event and it has just got bigger and bigger.
“Usually you’d expect maybe 20 sidecars to enter the competition, however this year we had more than 60, which is amazing.”
Buchan and Cox’s victory was enough to secure a draw in the overall series standings with Australian duo Brad Pitt and Nathan McFadden.
“The prospect of the series being a draw really made Saturday’s final very exciting,” Slade said. “To be honest Brad and Nathan were not all that brilliant on Saturday and it cost them an outright win, although I think they’d be pretty happy with the draw.”
Slade said the club will now focus on developing the Trans-Tasman rivalry for next year’s event.
“Next year will see eight teams come over from New Zealand,” he said.
“It will be the first year we will be hosting the event at AELEC and we are hoping to have bit of test match between the two countries as well.”