News 25 Nov 2009

Oz RR: Demolition Plus celebrates epic Bel-Ray 6 Hour victory


Demolition Plus Racing pulled off an amazing win at Oran Park’s last ever motorcycle race, The Bel-Ray 6 Hour with Russell Holland, Gareth Jones and Craig Coxhell achieving a record 277 laps in scorching conditions.

Riding a brand new bike, meticulously built by the legendary Geoff Winzer from GAS Honda, the #36 Fireblade Honda CBR 1000RR9 didn’t miss a beat, even after being ridden for three days straight in 40 degree plus heat. The bike was delivered on Thursday afternoon and was put through its paces by all three riders on Friday and Saturday, with Russell Holland qualifying second fastest on Saturday afternoon’s shootout for the Le Mans start. The #36 was chosen in honour of Winzer’s race number when he last raced The 6 Hour at Oran Park.

The combination of Russell Holland, Gareth Jones and Craig Coxhell was sublime. Moving into the lead position by the end of the first hour, the team kept the pressure on to maintain their position throughout the rest of the race, and delivered a blistering victory, three laps ahead.

Returning from injury following a spectacular highside during race 4 at the Phillip Island ASBK round, Craig Coxhell managed a very impressive race, capping off an excellent year as the number 1 privateer in the ASBK series.

ONK Dutch Superbike Champion and New Zealand Supersport Champion for 2009, Gareth Jones delivered a remarkable race in The 6 Hour, despite never having competed in an endurance race before, coming off the back of 21 months of non-stop racing and being on a Honda for the first time.

Stepping off the plane from Europe only last weekend, Russell Holland displayed fine race form throughout, and finished the race for the team taking the chequered flag at 277 laps, in a total time of 6:02:12.

Demolition Plus congratulates Russell, Gareth and Craig on their fantastic race to victory. The teamwork leading up to and throughout the weekend was amazing.

Demolition Plus would like to thank Geoff Winzer from GAS Honda, Rob Coxhell and CJC Racing for their logistical support, the Jones family, as well as the phenomenal effort from the entire race team and pit crew. We could not have achieved this great result without the support and dedication of our whole team. We would also like to acknowledge the support we received from Honda, Dunlop, Alpine Performance Centre, NGK, DID, Shell and Sportsbike.