Fraser , who lives nearby and had a grandstand seat for the festivities at Norway Point Park, sent along these photos of Matt Weidinger's World Record run on his Yamaha around Bigwin Island.
It takes a lot of people to make something like this happen. Matt had a solid crew there, counting laps for him in the small hours of the morning, keeping him fed, the sled fueled, the course clear and a host of other details that need attention before you get your name in the Guinness Book of Records. (And it all takes time to verify, so it's still a little Unofficial, but we know what he did!
Fraser, our man on the scene, reports that Matt completed 282 laps ofthe track, at an average speed of 121 KM/hour. Speeds of 160+ km/hr werethe norm on the straight sections, and 100+ on the corners. His fastest lap averaged 146.6 km/hr. Matt was driving a 2011 Yamaha Apex, with the new Electric PowerSteering.The only maintenance was to replace the aftermarket carbides which bent and broke due to the cornering pressure of always travelling in a counter-clockwise direction around the corners, and tighten the chain tension and change the belt.
Many (about 100) sledders visited during the mid-week event, and registered with Guinness for verification. Many came back several times during the event to check on Matt's progress.
Representatives of the Township, Yamaha, the media, local residents and other supporters were present at the conclusion of the event. All in all- a great coup for the Lake of Bays area and Canada! The team expects to have formal notication from Guinness World Recordsin about 60 days.
They were partying at the Finish, and Matt told Ben he could have kept on riding... so well done all, but especially well done Matt!