The Border Watch : March 12th 2015
SPort NEWS tIPS email@example.com Mount Gambier 08 8723 8989 motorSPort 27 ROOFING • PATIOS • SHEDS • FENCING • ambient blinds 659171 Unexpected appearance bags win Day claims feature event of Hartwell Road Races at McNamara Park FOX LAURIE he most of his unplanned extended home break returning to Great Britain, Mount Gambier’s Levi Day won the prestigious 18 lap Greg Bailey feature race and all four legs of the Clint Farr 600cc Expert Class from his five starts at last weekend’s second round of the Hartwell Motorcycle Club’s 2015 road race series at McNamara Park. Riding his GSXR 600cc Suzuki against machines of up to 1000cc in the 21 minute feature, Day clearly showed the experience of his overseas racing and, in addition to his unbeaten runs and subject to official confirmation, also set a new 600cc lap record of 1m 11.591s during his first race on Sunday. For what was basically a club event for Hartwell members, the meeting attracted a remarkable entry of more than 120 riders and could be well rated as the equal of many open events. Despite the forecasts of showers - only a few drops fell during the weekend and virtually all races were held on a fast dry track, particularly on Sunday. Of the small number of other Mount Gambier competitors who had entered, there were disappointments even before the action started with lap record holder David Trotter unable to ride when parts needed for this 1000cc bike never arrived in time while Ryan Ritchie, of whom many were looking forward to in the 600cc Experts, was a non-starter for reasons unknown. Stephen Miller, who went quite well in the Over 600cc Experts on Saturday, missed Sunday’s heats after injuring his shoulder in an early fall while Adrian van Uitert, after showing good performance for a while in the first sidecar race, was hampered with bike troubles thereafter. However, as well as Travis Gilmore with thirds and fourths in Non-Expert Over 600s, three local juniors also had trouble free runs with Ted Collins an outstanding winner of the George Carrick GP class on his RS125 Honda, first in all four heats and setting a new Junior 125 lap record, while Jock Manser was a consistent second in the same category, also riding an RS125 Honda. In the 80cc plus juniors, Dallas Skeer had some keen tussles with Hartwell members Jack Mahaffy and Scoitt Nicholson and finished second overall on his RMU 80. High capacity IN the overall racing, the up to 600cc and the Over 600cc capacity classes each had divisions for Novice, Non-Expert and Expert 660630 www.theborderwatch.com.au TimE ONlY HUrrY! limiTED HARD WORK PAYS OFF: Mount Gambier’s Levi Day was an outstanding winner of the 600cc and Feature events at last weekend’s Hartwell road races at McNamara Park before returning to race in England. riders, all with big fields of modern bikes. As mentioned, Levi Day won all four legs of the 600cc Experts but, in view of his returning to England to race for the rest of the year and unable to contest any further Hartwell rounds, his wish to not have points was acceded to leaving Lachlan Hill on a 600 Kawasaki to score narrowly from Alex Phillis on a similar machine and Rowen Smith with a Suzuki. The Non-Experts 600 went to Adelaide’s James Fruin on a Honda, beating Wayne Kulmer with an R6 Yamaha and Brendan Wilson also on an R6. With a big field, the Novice 600cc ran separately with very keen competition. Scoring two firsts and two sec- onds, Jon Shea came out on top, narrowly heading Brook Coombs with two firsts, a second and a fourth, and Chris Tyler with placings of two thirds and two fourths only fractionally ahead of Ashley Daff and Haydn McLean on equal points. The Over 600cc bikes also had three categories with the Experts and Non-experts running concurrently for separate awards. Experts category IN the Experts, Honda 1000 rider Duncan Lynch was too good for Ararat’s Andrew Ord on a Suzuki in Saturday’s two heats with Chris Ogenis and Alastair Loomes only a few seconds further away but in Sunday’s four lap leg Ord turned the tables to head Lynch by a tiny fraction with Ogenis and Loomes again close behind. Keen to succeed in the final leg over six laps which had to be re-run after after a fall, Lynch just held Ogenis at bay to win by less than half a second while Ord and Loomes had a great duel close behind to finish in that order, making the overall placings Lynch, Ord, Ogenis and Loomes with Jeffrey Hill and Nathan McKenzie a sound fifth and sixth. The smaller Over 600 NonExpert class saw Z10R Kawasaki rider Steve Rubinic on top from two firsts and two seconds, while others to show out included Richard Cannatelli with placings of first, second, third and fourth and Nathan Spiteri who also amassed 80 points from identical placings Joe Marated was next overall with two thirds followed by Mount Gambier’s Travis Gilmore who also finished with two thirds. As with the 600ccs, the Over 600cc Novice ran separately with a big field of 18. With three firsts and a second Ali Tajvar finished on top adding to his first round victory at Broadford while Haytham Bakri repeated his round one second although equalled on points by Ryan Lawes who pulled one out of the hat by winning leg three, as well as scoring two thirds and a four. A strong program of support classes backed up the main categories and details of these events will be included in next week’s report. McNamara Park Motocross THE first round of the Mount Gambier Junior Motor Cycle Club’s motocross series will be held at McNamara Park this Sunday with all usual junior and senior classes. Sign in time will be from 8am and as is usual with the year’s first meeting, there will be extended practice sessions prior to the three rounds of scratch DRIFT: Despite having little opposition, sidecar winner at last weekend’s Hartwell road races, Terry Goldie with Jamie Crass, turned on a great exhibition of power drifting the corners. races which will most likely start at around 11.30am. Beginners will be welcome and for those able to take part Sunday’s event will be preceded by a “Come-N-Try” for junior and senior newcomers on Saturday afternoon from noon until 4pm. Going by the strong numbers at the recent Wednesday evening practice sessions when up to 30 riders including newcomers have taken part, excellent fields are likely for Sunday’s first round. Anyone seeking further information on either day should contact John on 0407-713-205. Coming events Saturday: Motocross Come-N- Try day for juniors and seniors at McNamara Park noon to 4pm. Sunday: Mount Gambier Junior Motor Cycle Club, Round 1 motocross series at McNamara Park and South Eastern Auto Club, round two khanacross. March 18: Evening motocross practice at McNamara Park from 4pm. March 21: Portland Junior Motorcycle Club, motocross practice at Heywood and Motocross coaching at McNamara Park 8am to noon. March 22: Mount Gambier Junior Motor Cycle Club, Round 2 motocross series at McNamara Park and South Eastern Auto Club, round one autocross at Seac Park. March 26: Road race practice and ride day at McNamara Park. April 4-5: Easter Cup road races at McNamara Park. BUY NOW AND GET UP TO $200 CASH BACK* 218 Commercial St East, Mt Gambier Phone 08 8725 0855 Bucik Tyrepower www.buciktyrepower.com.au The Border Watch, Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 27 CONSISTENT PERFORMANCE: Mount Gambier’s Jock Manser turned in consistent efforts on his RS125 Honda to be second in the George Carrick GP feature at the weekend’s Hartwell MacNamara Park road races.
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