Tom Toparis started last weekend at Wakefield Park with no aim other than achieving a podium position or at least a top-five finish in the second round of the ASBK Motul Supersport Championship.
The 16-year-old Goulburn rider exceeded all expectations, powering the Cube Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R to pole position, a first race win in the wet, and a come-from-the-back fourth to claim top points for the weekend and the round win.
Though legally he cannot ride such a large and powerful machine on the road, even when he gains his licence, he more than proved his ability to handle the near 600cc machine on the tight, 2.2-kilometre Wakefield Park Circuit in the national competition.
In qualifying on Saturday, he achieved the fastest lap, earning him his first career pole in this championship.
Toparis posted a time of 1:01.364 to edge out rival Mark Chiodo (Repsol Gas Racing, Triumph 675R) who missed out on pole by two and a half tenths of a second, with a time of 1:01.616.
That first race, he came out hard in the wet right from the start, leading from lap two, but came under challenge during the final stage of the 16-lap event.
He was overtaken by Giuseppe Scarcella, also riding a Kawasaki ZX-6R, but found a gap and slipped back underneath the challenger to regain the lead, and take the chequered flag.
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