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Daniel Mettam joins Wilson Craig Racing

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​JULY 6, 2018: Next-generation New Zealand road racing talent Daniel Mettam has recently signed up to pilot Wilson Craig Racing’s proven Supersport and Superbike Honda machines for the remainder of the 2018 Irish roads season.

It’s fair to say since his exploits at the start of the season at Cookstown, where he secured Supersport B race honours plus a Super Twins rostrum finish, Mettam marked himself out unquestionably as a racer with huge potential on the Irish roads.

A multiple-times podium finisher at Cemetary Circuit, New Zealand's most famous road racing event, Mettam ventured into the international roads scene for the first time in mid-May this year at the Vauxhall International North West 200.

As at Cookstown and Tandragee prior to an incident in qualifying, he showed a mature professional approach in adapting to the fabled Triangle course. Banking top 20 finishes in the Supersport races, Mettam, who hails from Glen Eden, Auckland, quietly went under the radar with his steady, solid, accomplished performances.

Impressing many astute roads aficionados this year, he also captured the attention of various team managers including new lead sponsor Wilson Craig. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Guy Martin, Keith Amor, Cameron Donald, William Dunlop, David Johnson, Jamie Hamilton and Derek McGee, Mettam is the first racer from New Zealand to compete for Wilson Craig Racing.

His first outing aboard the striking red and silver liveried Wilson Craig Honda machines takes place next weekend, at the popular Skerries meeting. Future events on the horizon with the WCR team include the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix, plus the Armoy Road Races which this year celebrate a decade of hosting first class closed roads action.

Speaking about linking up with multi international road race victors Wilson Craig Racing, a very happy Mettam stated: “After the North West 200, I wasn't sure if I would race the rest of the season here, and things weren't working out where I was. I nearly got onto a plane to head back to New Zealand when I got in contact with Wilson Craig Racing.

"Soon after that we sorted a deal to see me through the rest of the Irish road racing season and the Ulster GP, riding a 600 and a 1000 Superbike. I'm very happy to join such a good and well known team and I am looking forward to the racing, riding some top bikes."


Words by Stevie Rial, roadracingnews.co.uk. Photo by Dallas Photographs.

 

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