Roads: Hickman to race New Zealand series with Carl Cox

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Isle of Man TT lap record holder Peter Hickman will race a BMW S1000RR under the Carl Cox banner in the three-round New Zealand Suzuki series this Christmas.

The series kicks off at the renowned Bruce McLaren Motor Park, where Carl Cox Motorsport help organise various track activities, before moving to the Manfield circuit for round two. Then on Boxing Day the legendary Cemetery Circuit hosts the final event on the closed roads around Wanganui, a firm favourite with road racers from around the World.


Carl Cox Motorsport are readying a Superstock spec BMW S1000RR and are liaising with Hicky’s UK crew for base settings for the machine. Alongside the three race events the team are keen to show Hicky and his partner as many exciting Kiwi activities as possible, as they visit New Zealand for the first time.

What a great opportunity this is; getting away from the UK winter, seeing New Zealand for the first time and racing motorbikes at some great new circuits!

I’ve met Carl at the Philip Island Classic and Isle of Man TT and always been impressed with how he’s helped so many riders. He clearly does it for the love of it and guys like him are few and far between. So I’m mega thankful he’s taken an interest in bringing me over and supplying a bike to race on.

We have Macau in a couple of weeks’ time and then I’m swatting up on the three circuits, whilst the team have already been in contact about bike set-up and even what branding I’d like on the bike. Obviously we’re coming for the racing but we’re also really looking forward to seeing the country, we’ve heard so many great things about it, bring it on!”

Carl Cox commented, “After seeing Hicky demolish the TT course this year we thought it would be really cool to try and bring him over to the New Zealand series, so I’m well chuffed he’s agreed!

I love New Zealand and there is so much passion for motorsport over there, the locals are going to love watching Hicky race as much as we will. We’ll also make sure he gets a great Kiwi welcome and see this amazing country whilst he’s here!”  

2018 Suzuki Series Race dates

Round 1:  Bruce McLaren Motor Park Taupo     9 December 

Round 2:  Manfield Auto course                           16 December 

Round 3:  Cemetery Circuit Wanganui                26 December

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing