The Border Watch : December 12th 2013
26 MOTOR SPORT FOX LAURIE HELD on Saturday afternoon and evening, last weekend’s Bacchus Marsh twilight motocross attracted well over 250 competitors from many parts of Victoria together with a small number from the Mount Gambier Junior Motor Cycle Club. Among the most successful of these were Riely Knightly, who won the strong 65cc C grade with heat placings of two fi rsts and a second, and his younger brother Jack who was never headed in the heats of the Division 2 50cc automatics to be a clear winner. Riely Knightly also contested the nine to 11 years 85-150f C grade where he fi nished second overall after being runner-up in every heat. SOLID SECOND: C grade 65cc winner, Mount Gambier’s Riely Knightly was also second in his 85cc class at Bacchus Marsh. Knightly’s clubmate Brodie Dixon also did well in the same category, placing third overall from two fourths and a third in the heats while a third member of the Mount Gambier trio, Luke Richards, was fourth from heat placings of a fourth and two fi fths. Usually more prominent on his 65cc bike, Dixon failed to show his regular form in the 65cc C grade with heat placings of sixth, eighth and ninth in the fi eld of 21. The only Limestone Coast senior to take part, Hamish Barker contested the Open C Grade on his 450 for excellent heat placings of second, third and sixth which brought him fourth overall. A regular competitor in local area events, Kane Richards was well in the picture with heat placings of fourth, fi fth and seventh in the big fi eld of 15 in the 50-cc Division 2. Junior club presentations THE Mount Gambier Junior Motor Cycle Club will hold its combined Annual General Meeting and presentations of its 2013 awards at the Valley Lakes barbecue area this Sunday from 11am until 3pm. While the barbecue meat items will be supplied by the club, families attending are asked to bring salads and/or sweets. CLOSE ONE: Mount Gambier’s Luke Richards was a close fourth in the 85cc C grade at Bacchus Marsh last weekend. Despite losing several events due to weather, some interesting results are likely to be revealed. Anyone seeking further information should contact club secretary Jodie Dixon on 0438 388 042 Historic road race titles TO be held at McNamara Park on December 28 and 29, the 2013 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championships are reported to have attracted strong entries for almost all classes including the new Period Six category and sidecars. With events ranging from Period 1 and 2 and 125cc through the always popular Period 3 classics and the more modern machines in Periods 4 and 5 and in special classes, the two days are set to conclude with what is hoped will be an exciting fi nish in the sidecar handicap. Western centre scrambles HEATING UP: Mount Gambier’s Kane Richards fi lled good 50cc heat placings at Bacchus Marsh last Saturday. 26 - The Border Watch, Thursday, December 12, 2013 BEING the nearest Western Centre club to Mount Gambier in the late 1940s, it was natural that riders from this side of the border in the early post war years would soon make Casterton a regular destina- VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au SE riders successful at Bacchus Marsh tion for scramble action. Close to the Glenelg River north of the town, the Casterton Motor Cycle Club’s fi rst post war track was known as the “Rifl e Range”, apparently because the area was at one time used for long distance rifl e target shooting. In many ways the well laid out course was similar to the Hamilton track apart from the lack of grass, almost completely on fl at ground except for a slight undulation at the section nearest the river although without any possibility of ever landing in the water. The race program was usually as at most tracks in those days, a four or fi ve lap scratch race for each solo class, usually 250cc, 350cc and all powers plus occasionally an over 300cc event while 125cc was added in the 1950s. Sidecars were normally run with fi ve lap scratch and handicap races while there were at least two solo handicaps and often a consolation event for all unplaced solos at the end of the day. Being in the centre of an area embracing several other clubs, Casterton meetings usually attracted good fi elds with riders from Hamilton, Ararat, Stawell, Coleraine, Mortlake, Warrnambool and, of course, Mount Gambier as well as occasional numbers from Ballarat, Colac and Geelong. When after several years the time came to move from the Rifl e Range, the Casterton Motorcycle Club ran a few events on the opposite side of the town and then set up what was a remarkable layout at a property known as Cooper Park. No matter what the weather at Cooper Park, competitors were always assured of a ride. The main track over hilly sections, while fi ne in dry conditions, was not the best if it rained and racing could be switched to a fl at sandy course through scrub on the opposite side of the pit and spectator areas which rain did not affect. With champion Charlie May the head of a fi ne group of local competitors for many years, Casterton was always assured of some great days of Western Centre racing in those past times, now sadly unlikely to return although the good odd event is to be seen now and then. Another popular event that now appears to have come to an end was the challenging and spectacular annual hill climb near the river bridge, possibly now replaced by the yearly road drags. Coming events Saturday: Road race practice and ride day at McNamara Park; Portland Junior Motorcycle Club, motocross at Heywood, sign in 10.30am (SA time). Sunday: Mount Gambier Junior Motor Cycle Club, AGM and Presentations at Valley Lake BBQ area. December 18 (Wednesday): Mount Gambier Veteran and Vintage Car Club, mid week picnic lunch at Princess Margaret Rose caves. December 28: Borderline Speedway, World Series Sprintcars and supports. December 28-29: South Australian Historic Road Race Championships at McNamara Park. January 11: Six hour scooter TT at McNamara Park; Borderline Speedway, Super Sedan series round.
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