Three New Zealanders will be competing on the British Superbikes supports card this season, which has its opening round this weekend at Oulton Park.
Damon Rees and Shane Richardson return for their second and third seasons in the Super Stock 1000 championship.
Rees arrived on the Super Stock scene last year as a relatively unknown rookie from down under.
However, after his first round he was tied for the championship lead. His impressive campaign ended with him eighth in the standings.
Rees would break his shoulder in the penultimate round and was ruled out of the season finale.
Richardson began his sophomore year in turbulent fashion, retiring from the first three races with mechanical issues out of his control.
Determined to make amends for the slow start to the year, Richardson fought back and put in a string of points-paying results to demonstrate his worth to the paddock.
He finished the year 16th in the championship and will be aiming for more success this year.
Between seasons, Rees moved to the Ashcourt Racing team. Richardson is remaining with the Astro JJR Racing he raced for last year.
Cormac Buchanan completes the Kiwi trifecta of riders.
The Invercargill youngster is riding in the Honda Talent Cup with the Microlise Cresswell Racing team in his rookie year.
Pre-season testing results suggested Buchanan is a potential race winner from the get-go.
The Red Bull Rookies Cup rider will be striving to improve his impressive testing times further.
“Judging by testing – and it is only testing – I would like to be up the front this season in the Talent Cup and hopefully winning some races,” Buchanan told Velocity News earlier this year.
Sky Sport will broadcast British Superbikes, and a handful of support races, live on their dedicated motorsport channel – Sky Sport 55.
Main Image: Shane Richardson