Martin sets new Period 5 lap record
Ex World Endurance Champion, 43 year old Steve Martin, set a new lap record for Period 5 historics at Phillip Island today with a 1m38.707 lap on his Suzuki Katana 1294.
Martin had previously held the race lap record with a 38.9 but was eclipsed yesterday by Josh Brookes, but with the BSB regular out of today’s running due to a crash yesterday afternoon, Martin reclaimed his record in hot conditions at Phillip Island today in the third of the Island Classic International Challenge races on his way to taking a convincing 3.4 second win over three-time Australian Superbike Champion Shawn Giles, who had taken both victories during the opening two International Challenge bouts.
Ex Grand Prix star Jeremy McWilliams continues to experience carburation problems on his Suzuki XR69 machine but is making some progress and finished third in today’s morning encounter.
Going into race four the Australian squad lead the challenge on 906 points, with the UK on 642.15 points and the World 13 on 429.6.
In the individual battle to win the Ken Wootton International Perpetual Trophy, Giles has a one point lead over Martin (116 – 115 points) with McWilliams in third on 110 points.