Manukau’s Toby Summers (Yamaha), a double winner again on the streets of Paeroa this year. Photo by Andy McGechan,

Summers Does the Double at Paeroa

20 Feb 2014

Manukau's Toby Summers is as good as his word.

The Yamaha ace declared before the weekend that his plans were to go to Paeroa on Sunday and again win both the Formula Two and Super Moto classes at the iconic public street race and that's exactly what he did.

The 41-year-old Manukau plumber took his R&R Powersport Yamaha R6 to win the day's F2 race more than five seconds ahead of Wellington's Shane Richardson, with Auckland's Dave Manuell claiming third place.

He then raced his roadrace-modified Yamaha YZ450F dirt bike to win the day's Super Moto race, this time finishing ahead of Taupo's Scott Moir and Tauranga's Duncan Hart.

Summers had also won both classes at Paeroa the previous year, the only difference being that this year the race programme was shaved back to just one race for each class after a huge oil spill on the circuit made it too dangerous to continue.

"I was behind (Wanganui's) Ashley Payne in the F2 race when he crashed. After that I just cruised really," said Summers. "It's a pity I wasn't being pushed really because I did want to take the lap record, but I missed out on that.

"I actually thought the other riders were right behind me for a bit early in the race, because I thought I could hear them. But that was just my own bike's engine noise echoing off the buildings and crowd barriers. When I managed to have a peek behind me there was nobody there.

"In the Super Moto race I had to sit behind Scotty Moir for quite a bit because he was on a 550cc bike and had the horsepower on me down the straights. I'd catch him in the corners but he'd gap me down the straights.

"I finally managed to get past him and that was that really.

"It's a pity there weren't two races for each class because I'd already spent the prizemoney that I didn't end up getting," he laughed.

Summers had earlier this season raced his way to victory in the pre-Christmas Suzuki International Tri Series, winning the Formula two (600cc) class ahead of Clive's Adam Chambers and fellow Aucklander Daniel Mettam.

The final round of that series was held on the public streets of Wanganui on Boxing Day and street racing is obviously something that Summers has a fondness for, not to mention also having a talent for it.

Summers' next big outing will be to race at round three of the New Zealand Superbike Championships at Taupo on March 23.

After two rounds thus far, Summers is second overall in the 600cc supersport class, 38 points behind defending national champion John Ross, of Christchurch.

After Taupo, the series heads to a climax at the fourth and final round at Manfeild, on the outskirts of Feilding, on March 29-30.

Words and photo by Andy McGechan,
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