Suzuki man Sloan Frost played it cool at the weekend to wrap up the 2018 New Zealand Superbike Championships title.
There was no real pressure on the 36-year-old Wellington man after he’d built a
commanding lead at the first three rounds of the series, but he was taking nothing for
granted at the weekend’s fourth and final round at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, on
the outskirts Taupo.
Frost held a 47-point advantage over his nearest rival, Whakatane’s Mitch Rees, at the start
of the weekend, and his “safe and sensible” approach to racing on Saturday and Sunday –
qualifying fastest and then finishing fourth, sixth and third in his three Superbike races –
was enough to get the job done, allowing Frost to add the 2018 crown to his first Superbike
title, which he won in 2016.
Honda rider Rees was forced to accept the runner-up spot for 2018, although a modest
Frost did suggest that he would be one of several riders to keep an eye on in the future.