Townsville racer Damien Koppe earned a significant slice of
history at the weekend, when he became the first Aussie ever to win the
beach races at the Burt Munro Challenge in New Zealand.
The 30-year-old car mechanic and sometime Future Sport
Motorcycles bike mechanic clean-swept the famous beach races, winning the Pro
Open, the 450 and the 50-lapper, as well as the Burt Munro 1-mile Challenge.
Using the Future Sports Motorcycles KTM450SXF, an assortment
of different wheels and tyres and the significant spannering skills of his
father/crew chief Steve Koppe, he also placed third in the hill climb and
second in the drag race.
Damien also rode exceptionally well in the speedway event
aboard a borrowed solo, winning two races, however a succession of flat tyres
brought his progress to a halt.
Held at Invergargill, near the southern tip of New Zealand’s
South Island, the Burt Munro Challenge has attracted top New Zealand riders and
weekend warriors alike to its exciting variety of events since 2006.
A former professional speedway racer and winner of two Grass
Tree Beach Races at Mackay, Koppe was able to use his broad experience in
various facets of motorcycle sport including flat track, motocross and supermotard, to make the best of the conditions.
Koppe's trip home from New Zealand will take in a diversion
to Brisbane for this weekend's North Brisbane Cup at Mick Doohan Raceway.