NEW ZEALAND 420 NATIONALS WIN GOES TO COLE TAPPER/TYLER CREEVEY
Raced over four days at Naval Point Club, Lyttelton on New Zealands’s South Island, the 11 races series for the 2018 New Zealand 420 National Champioship featured close racing particularly between the leading three teams who claimed all the race wins.
Seventeen teams from across New Zealand made the journey to just south of Christchurch, including teams who had only a few weeks previously faced each other at the 420 South Island Championships at the same venue.
Australia's Cole Tapper/Tyler Creevey knocked out an epic run of four race victories, before scoring a third place in race five, to give James Barnett/Sam Street the chance to shine out front. Barnet/Street went onto win two more races and finsh as the top New Zealand team at the National Championships, with Seb Menzies/Blake McGlashan also claiming three race wins.
The competition improved race by race, so ultimately the podium order came down to results from the opening two days. Tapper/Creevey dealt the fleet an unassailable hand, winning by 3 points over Menzies/McGlashan with third going to Barnett/Street.
Top girls were Cara Higinbottom/Alice Floyd in 5th with Sofia Higgott/Lizzie Shapland also finishing firmly inside the top 10 in 8th overall.