Port Nelson Street Races


It was a day of drizzle, oil spills and a few slips at Saturday’s Port Nelson Street Races but that didn’t stop competitors from charging the streets in an effort to become King of the Port.

Nelson Road Racing Association president Andy Watson says both motorcyclists and spectators defied the drizzle and had a great day.

“It’s been really good, even with the bad weather, racing has been good, we’ve had no big crashes and no one in the hospital so it’s good, touch wood.”

“They’ve been riding to the conditions and there are about seven contenders for the King of the Port title, now it’s about who stays on the longest.”

At the end of the day, Ashburton’s Andrew Rudd took out the King of the Port title on his supermoto.

Locals Scott Sutherland won the Formula 1 and BEARS classes, Jonny Lewis took out the Formula 3 class and Richmond’s Tobby Tutty claimed first place in the post-classics class.

Unfortunately, Motueka-born motocross legend, Josh Coppins had to make an early exit from the competition, getting in only a few laps before his bike blew a hole in the piston.

First-timer, Shannan Mako came up from Kaikoura to compete in the event on his Triumph Daytona and says he loved every minute of his first street race.

“I’ve done five circuits, mostly in Ruapuna and one in Timaru but this is such different racing, it’s just short-fast, short-fast, short-fast and you’re only using three gears, maybe just hitting fourth,” says Shannan.

“I’m not competitive by nature, I just do my best as hard as I can but that’s what makes it fun.”