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Southland Teenager Claims Three Wins at Superbike Champs

Invercargill teenager Cormac Buchanan made a stand-out performance at the New Zealand Superbike Championship in Christchurch at the weekend.

His mum Kate best summed up her teenage son’s achievements in a poignant social media post.
“‘I’ve discovered I am in complete awe of my own child. And it feels incredible.”

It was an absolute humdinger for the Invercargill rider and he literally could not have achieved anything more.

His tally included six wins from six races in the Supersport 150 and Supersport 300 classes; two pole positions; two lap records and two NZGP titles.

Buchanan – the youngest competitor in the field at just 14 – was fizzing to claim the race wins’ trifecta, including the coveted NZGP title.

“It’s definitely a debut I’m going to remember for a very, very long time – it really couldn’t have gone any better,” he said.

“The races were physically and mentally demanding and really challenged me, which is exactly why I wanted to make the step up this year. To win all three was a dream result,” he added.

Buchanan and his Yamaha Racing Development Team-mate Timaru’s Harry Parker were locked in battle throughout the weekend, exchanging race leads and lap records.

“Every race was an epic tussle with Harry – I think we are really pushing each other which is hugely beneficial to our racing. It also says a lot about the environment in our Yamaha Racing Development Team, which is fuelling our success,” he said.

Buchanan was preparing for the Red Bull Rookies Cup in Europe at the end of the national season.

His defence of the SuperSport 150 championship also got off to a faultless start. He dominated all three races and secured his second NZGP title and a lap record in the process.

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