Suzuki’s Scott Moir dominated the final round of the New Zealand Suzuki Tri- Series Formula One Championship taking the series title and also celebrated a start-to-finish win in the coveted Robert Holden Memorial feature race.
The 33-year-old arrived at the Boxing Day third and final round on December 26th at Whanganui's famous Cemetery Circuit with a slender seven-point lead over his two key rivals, Daniel Mettam and Mitch Rees, and kept a cool and sensible head under the pressure, racing his new Suzuki GSX-R1000 to fastest qualifying in the premier Formula One class. Then he won the first of the day’s two F1 races, his start-to-finish win bolstering his points advantage to 10 points over fellow Suzuki Team rider Mettam, who finished runner-up and kept his chances of snatching the crown alive.
But Mettam, who has won the Suzuki-sponsored Tri-Series 600cc Formula Two trophy in 2015 and the national 600cc Supersport title in 2016, was up against Moir at his best. And when Moir battled his way to a runner-up finish in the day’s second F1 race, passing the chequered flag just 2.6 seconds behind fellow Suzuki GSX-R1000 rider Jay Lawrence, the Suzuki Series crown was his. Mettam finished fourth in the second F1 race and secured second position overall