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Thursday, 1 December 2016

THE NIGERIAN SUPERBIKE ROAD RACE (THE BT) 2016 HIGHLIGHTS IN PHOTOS



The sleepy town of Urhonigbe, Edo state was shaken to its roots last Saturday 26th November 2016 as Racers, bikers, drivers and spectators from all over Nigeria gathered for the premier annual motorsport event in the whole of West Africa tagged The Nigeria Superbike Road Race - The Bikers Trophy (The BT) and Motoring Nigeria was present to cover every bit of the fully blown Festival of Speed which was a complete success.


The event started on Thursday 24th November 2016 with the arrival and accreditation in of participating racers at Randekhi Royal Hotel Benin City. On Friday 25th November 2016, the racers headed to the race venue at Urhonigbe Edo State for practice laps to make sure the racers get accustomed to the beautiful curves the smooth asphalt had to offer. The practice laps was an addition to The BT race weekend schedule this year reduce the possibility of crashes on race day by giving racers an opportunity to simulate race day. After this, they proceeded to Evbuobanosa, a village along the Benin-Asaba expressway, where the RoadX Car Racing Circuit is currently under construction. With level of work on the track already at about 70%, some of the visitors to the Race Track could not resist running some laps to get their early dose of adrenaline. Friday 26th November 2016 also witnessed the arrival of motorsport enthusiasts from all over the world whose sole aim was to come and experience the event.

Saturday 26th November 2016 was Race Day!
The day started with a Safety meeting to remind participants and spectators alike of what is expected of every one in order to achieve a safe race day.
Ride or Drive to Urhonigbe was swift and everyone got settled in to watch what promised to be a demonstration of Nigeria’s motorsport at its finest. No one was disappointed!
The races started with the Car Race Category, a new addition also to The BT race schedule and lining up were the 2016 BMW X6M, a 2013 race tuned Camaro SS and a Race Buggy built and locally assembled by Rage Motorsport.

The Car Race Category was followed by the 600cc Supersport Category. After the 600cc Supersport category was the much-anticipated BT Championship Category of the 1000cc Superbike Category.
It was truly a Festival of Speed! The men and woman that participated in The BT 2016 know no fear!
With dazzling colors of leathers and metals shining in the blazing heat of Urhonigbe, these sub humans mounted their metaliic horses and wowed the spectators that had lined the 33km road course from Urhonigbe – Ugbokirima with a display of skill and balance on 2 wheeled machines sometimes achieving speeds of over 297km/hr! Are these guys human!

When the racing was over, winners emerged in the car racing category, the 600cc (capacity) category and the 1000cc (capacity) category. The car racing category was won by BMW X6 M driven by Harold Nwariaku of BMW Club Nigeria taking the pole position, completing the race in 8minutes 53seconds, Argo Raak from Barbedos cars clinched the 2nd position going through the track in 10minutes 31sconds with his race tuned Chevrolet Camaro SS V8 and Muyiwa Akintola from Rage Motorsports took the third position with his 800+ horsepower race buggy in a time of 12minutes 27seconds.

Sama Ibukunoluwa, clinched the 1st position in the BT Championship 1000cc category this year covering 33km in a time of 9minutes 12seconds on a Kawasaki ZX10RR. He was followed by Tayo Taiwo on a Yamaha r1 who covered 33km in 9minutes 36seconds and the 3rd  position went to Argo Raak who covered the 33km course in 9minutes 37seconds aboard a 2014 Aprilia Tuono.
Alpacino Ahmed. won the 600cc category, completing the 33kmroad course aboard his Kawasaki ZX6 in a time of 9minutes 33seconds, the 2nd position went to Archibong Robert aboard a Yamaha r6 who achieved a time of 11minutes, 41seconds  and 3rd position went to Shuaib Bukar aboard a Yamaha r6 who covered the 33km distance in 12minutes, 04seconds.
The 2 time Double Champion, Jack Affara had a launch malfunction at the start line and restarted to set a time of 9minutes, 11seconds but the organizers declared the restart illegal and corrected the official lap time back to his original pre programmed start time effectively ruling him out of the podium with a time of 11minutes, 11seconds.

Podium ceremonies over, we again hit the highway back to Benin City with the The BT Award Nite/Ultimate Bike Girl Contest/ After Race Party as the next activities lined up for what was turning out to be a very exciting adrenaiine fueled weekend.
The event was covered by Supersport Nigeria and no doubt they were as impressed as we were by the quality of the racing and how well organized it was.

We were highly inspired by the seemingly endless motorsport passion of the racers, bikers, drivers and every other person present at the event as most racers came with brand new bikes and vehicles specially purchased and customized for the purpose of The BT, travelling far distances after months of preparation and logistics.

Finally, we appreciate the organizers of this event for improving the motorsport standards in the country and aiming towards landing Nigeria on the international motorsport scene. It was an action packed event, well organized and thankfully, no crashes were recorded this year. We came, we saw and we conquered.

Next year’s race will be on the 25th November 2015, if you pump RED Like me, Do not miss it!
FOR THE LOVE OF MOTORSPORT!

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1000cc category champions (L-R) Argo-3rd, ,Mohammed-1st  and Taiwo-2nd

Local children "taking part" in the event.

Race ready!



Off Road Buggy driven by Muyiwa of Rage Motorsport


All units on standby, the eagle has landed

Offroad Buggy- Barbedos Cars took things pretty seriously this year.



The Custom SS Camaro Driven by Argo 


Folks from BMW Club Nigeria (Team Harold)

BMW Gang

You just gotta love this beast, the Only Kawasaki H2 in Africa


Ze all powerful Zeus, 600+ hp



"Apollo eyed Blacked out custom Hilux from Abuj



Alpacino Before the Race
Champion of the 600cc Alpacino after the race



A41 Team Spirit- Jack Affara congratulating Alpacino 











1 comments:

  1. Argo, congratulations from Russia! :-)

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