Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Houterman Plays It Safe for Points

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Houterman Plays It Safe for Points

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FOR Nathan Houterman, his home track advantage at Willowbank wasnCOt enough to overcome a deficit in the power department.

Houterman finished seventh after the three races of Round 3 of the Australian Superbike Series in the Prostock 1000cc category on June 14-16.

The 20-year-oldCOs 2013 has been a mixed bag so he was hoping to make a mark at his home track.

He had finished seventh in the opening round at Phillip Island, but skipped round two in Tasmania.

C[pounds sterling]For the lead-up to the round at Queensland Raceway I really needed to get some track time,C[yen] Houterman said.

C[pounds sterling]Unfortunately my last two track days were cut short due to having gearbox issues and the next one cancelled early due to a tragic accident.C[yen]

Instead Houterman got his practice in at WarwickCOs Morgan Park track, for Round 1 of the Queensland Road Race Championship on June 8-9.

Going in as defending champion, the Plainland-based racer qualified in second position and the grids were to be progressive for the championships.

He was beaten to pole by Brett Kitchin, sparking an intense rivalry between them for the title.

Kitchin on his BMW S1000RR held on narrowly to take race one from Houterman on his Honda CBR1000RR.

C[pounds sterling]In the second race Kitchin rode a fast race, so I sat in second place behind him and made a move in the second last lap to take the win,C[yen] Houterman said.

C[pounds sterling]In the third race I did the same thing but this time it wasnCOt as easy.

C[pounds sterling]We exchanged positions numerous times on the final lap.

C[pounds sterling]In the fourth race I had the race until the final stretch, Brett pipping me over the line by 20 thousandths of a second.C[yen]

Houterman and Kitchin both finished equal in points accumulated over the round but Kitchin was awarded the title on a countback. …

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