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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, APRIL 17, 2013
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Ideal start for
WORLD BEATER: Rangiora's Jake Lewis won the opening race of the European
Junior Cup in Spain over the weekend.
Photo: ANDY MCGECHAN, BIKESPORTNZ.COM
RANGIORA TEENAGER Jake
Lewis has made the perfect start
to his European Junior Cup
motorbike racing campaign.
Racing at Motorland Aragon,
Spain, Lewis managed to pip
local rider Albert Arenas by just
After qualifying in fourth pos-
ition, Lewis stormed through to
take the lead in the first corner
and never looked back -- despite
several riders pressuring him all
the way to the finish line.
The series is the entry-level
class to the World Superbike
Championships and is contested
by the best young riders in
the world aged between 14 and 19.
The stakes are high, with the
series winner earning a ride in
the professional Superbike class,
where riders earn huge amounts
of money for riding factory
I really want to give this
European Junior Cup a good
crack. Who knows where it may
lead?'' Lewis told BikesportNZ.
Lewis has experience in Europe,
having ridden half of the series
The next round will be held at
Assen, Holland, on April 28.
Basketball has work to do
By BRUCE MARTIN
ALL FOUR North Canterbury
teams suffered defeats as the club
basketball competition got under
way on Saturday.
The sport made a return to its
spiritual home at the recently
reopened Cowles Stadium.
A new-look Rangiora High
School (RHS) team, playing in the
enlarged 16-team men's under-20
grade, has found some much
needed height -- with numerous
players reaching well over the
However, it was not enough to
prevent a hefty 56-76 loss to
Christchurch Boys' High School.
Alex Ross, Barclay Miller and
Rupert Jackman led a last-
quarter comeback for Rangiora
that brought respectability to
The side should improve
throughout the season, under the
guidance of coaches Andrew
Gebbie and Peter Buckley.
Many former Rangiora High
players have gravitated into a
North Canterbury under-20 team,
led by Lawson Morris-Whyte,
Connor James, Callum Ross and
Jordan de Winter.
North Canterbury started
slowly against a strong Middleton
Grange side at the Bishopdale
YMCA gym, but fought back to be
just six points behind at halftime
and within four points at three-
Despite a strong North Canter-
bury showing, Middleton defence
held on for a narrow 58-53 win.
North Canterbury men's under-
23 team introduced a number of
new faces in its 73-51 loss to
Lincoln University. It trailed
40-23 at halftime.
Dane Parata, from a well-
known basketball family in the
district, produced a fine display
for North Canterbury, slotting 28
points and making many of the
plays, but the team lacked accu-
racy and poise under pressure.
North Canterbury has called in
the reinforcements to field a
strong men's division one side this
season, but not strong enough to
match University on Sunday.
Despite Reilly Price (18)
and Troy Halliday (11) leading
North Canterbury scoring, the
students scored a comprehensive
Summerfield's driving skills
outpaced by bigger budgets
RANGIORA STAR rally driver, Matt
Summerfield, sped to his best ever
result in a national championship
round in Otago.
With sister Nicole in the co-driver's
seat, Summerfield drove his Subaru
Impreza to fourth place in the rally,
which doubles as the opening round of
the national championship.
Summerfield could not match the
speed of the bigger budget cars, but the
20-year-old used his driving skills to
stick with the frontrunners over the
treacherous Otago roads.
Summerfield spoke out before the
event regarding new regulations that
he said were opening the way for big
budget competitors to take competitive
racing out of reach financially for the
average racer, but he let his driving do
the talking in Otago.
Before this season, the rally has been
controlled under much tighter inter-
national regulations that have been in
force for many decades.
The gearboxes alone in most of the
cars in front of me are worth more than
my whole car,'' Summerfield said.
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