Team Suzuki Press Office – December 27.

Team Suzuki’s Dennis Charlett clinched the New Zealand Formula 1 Tri Series Superbike Championship at the final round at Wanganui yesterday.

The 44-year-old Underground Brown Suzuki GSX-R1000 rider, who carried a seven-point lead into the public roads-run Boxing Day event, played it safe in treacherous conditions to lift the title with fourth and third places.

He said: “I knew exactly what I needed to do today. I kept a close eye on my main rival Sloan Frost to make sure I knew where he was on the track at all times. I knew I could afford to finish just behind him in both races and that’s what happened.”

Third and fourth overall in the series were fellow Suzuki stars Hayden Fitzgerald and Ray Clee with Ryan Hampton rounding out the top five.

Suzuki’s Glen Williams was a double title winner, claiming the silverware in both the Formula Three and Post Classics (pre-’89) classes.

Jaden Hassan rode conservatively at Wanganui to wrap up the Formula Two class. Hassan was unbeaten at rounds one and two but he was overshadowed at Wanganui by home-town pair Ashley Payne and Jayden Carrick. Payne won the day with 3-1 results, while Carrick took his Suzuki GSX-R600 to win the day’s first of two F2 races and came home 11th in the next race, but this was enough for Carrick to rocket from distant third overall after round two to finish a close runner-up in the final reckoning.

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