As the M1Motorsport Team drive past beautiful Lake Tekapo in the South Island today, an exuberant Sloan Frost and the Team take a moment to chew the fat over the weekends third round results at Teretonga.
"We had a bit of a problem before Qualifying and broke the shifter, luckily we basically had 3 - 4 laps to borrow Bill Moffatt's quick shifter so once I achieved a 58 (second lap-time) I pulled back in, to return Bills quick shifter! Through that with thanks to Bill, we qualified in pole position."
"I'm stoked! This was my first ever Pole position in a National Series."
The M1Motorsport team had more luck on their side in the form of a dedicated race fan, as Sloan explains; "It's great to see our BMW supporters at the Track, a huge thanks to Dave Campion who owns a BMWS1000RR, lent us his quick shifter for the next two races."
With Sundays racing declared wet - Race one was red flagged after Ryan Hampton(Honda) crashed while in second place, so there was to be a restart and a split points race. "I had a really good race with Robbie Bugden."
Australian Robbie Bugden (Suzuki) came from the back of the pack to a commanding lead - after an unfortunate crash in second practise on Saturday.
Race One Results: Robbie Bugden (Suzuki), Sloan Frost (BMW), Nick Cole (Kawasaki).
Sloan additionally takes the fastest lap-time with a 58.217 in the Race One Restart, of the Teretonga Round.
Race two was raining and inevitably; Sloan rode out on wets.
Taking second place from the start, Sloan moved into and held the lead for most of the race, but "Unfortunately we had the wrong set up with the fork springs so rather than pushing too hard I settled in and relaxed at second place behind Nick Cole choosing a tactical approach, taking the points instead."
Race Two Results: Nick Cole (Kawasaki) Sloan Frost (BMW) and Ray Clee (Suzuki)
Sloan takes 2nd place of the last South Island round of the series. Rocketing to second place of the overall NZSBK Championship, as M1Motorsport head to the fourth round at Hampton Downs in March.
"I'm really really ecstatic! To have started the series with a DNF, coming from 11th place to 2nd place after the third round is really amazing.
"I'm feeling strong and confident heading to my two favourite tracks, the BMW is running better than ever and our Pirelli tyres are keeping us in good stead.
"I'd like to extend a huge thanks to our Supporters and Sponsors for supporting us this far, see you at Hampton downs. A further acknowledgment goes to the organisers of live timing and NZSBK.com for the live internet coverage, this means supporters and fans from all over New Zealand can stay up to date with progress as it happens!"
You'd think with a month until the next round it would be time to relax - but no rest for the wicked, Sloan's next outing is the 'World Famous in New Zealand's Battle of the Streets in Paeroa, February 19th.
Series Points Standing at Round 3
1 Robbie Bugden 112.5
2 Sloan Frost 77.5
3 John Ross 75.5
4 Nick Cole 73.5
5 Andrew Stroud 72