The Border Watch : May 8th 2014
32 MOTORSPORT VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Over 45s gear up for road race FOX LAURIE WITH an entry of just over 100, this weekend’s popular annual Seniors Road Race meeting at McNamara Park promises two days of entertaining action from the 39-event program which includes five sidecar races. Once again there will be a combination of categories with events for all solo bike periods from one to five plus moderns, classes based on rider age groups, five cups where the fields are set by the combination of rider and bike ages and two combined special formula and 20th Century races for entries that do not qualify elsewhere. There will also be two handicaps for the very early bikes combined with 125s. With eight entries the sidecars will have two scratch races and two handicaps before concluding with a combined Cup. Fields are good for all races and several, such as Period 3 over 350cc, Period 5 and the 54 to 59 years riders, are likely to have full grids thanks to several competitors bringing more than one machine. As well as the strong support from South Australia and Victoria, entries from New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland will add variety to several events. While a large number of outside members of the Mount Gambier Motor Cycle and Light Car Club are entered, Limestone Coast locals include Adrian Wright, Robert Day, John Wilkinson, Mick Engberg, Andrew Saunders, Darren Trotter, Andy Baird and Rob Kenna in solo classes and Adrian van Uitert, David Jones and Moryn Sullivan in the sidecars. Action, with Saturday’s races to be preceded by practice and qualifying, will start at 9am on both days. With the hope that predictions are around the mark, fair weather is expected for both days but, whatever the outcome, the Mac Park track, good in wet or dry, will bring many excellent contests. Pirelli series road racing DESPITE the threat of further wet weather after extreme downpours during practice last Friday, the Preston Motorcycle Club organisers of last weekend’s Pirelli road race series round at McNamara Park were delighted to see much improved conditions on Saturday and Sunday when a light shower prior to the final three events brought no problems. Efficiently run as always by Preston officials, the program varied from a three leg sprint series of mainly six lap races on Saturday to a two leg TT series on Sunday with longer events of 10, 12 and even 15 laps. Apart from a small number of classes, fields were bigger and of better quality than many may have expected and keen racing with close finishes was seen, even to the last lap of some of the long contests. Now rarely seen at locally organised McNamara Park meetings, Preston’s inclusion of a TOP PERFORMANCE: Mount Gambier motorcycle club member and Warrnambool resident Ted Collins was best of the bunch in Saturday’s three-leg 125-250cc GP sprint event. Sidecars included in 39-event program of racing despite the weather, well run by the Preston club and much enjoyed by the small spectator attendance with those who failed to come missing out. SA motocross title round HELD in very wet conditions at the MRA Gilman track in Adelaide last weekend, the first round of this year’s South Australian motocross titles attracted 25 riders from the Mount Gambier Junior Motor Cycle Club. Two were successful in taking top points, local professional Kirk Gibbs who won the MX1 (formerly open) Expert class and Morgan McNicol, unbeaten in the 12 to Under 16 Years 85-150f category and also fourth in the 13 to Under 16 100-125cc. Winner of the 2013 Clubman Open, Adrian Childs did well to finish third in Sunday’s MX1 Intermediate with a best of two heat seconds. Others from Mount Gambier who tackled senior classes included Ryan White, fourth in the Clubman MX2 (Lites) with Glenn Slarks 21st, Martin Moelder 30th, Alexander McNicol 18th in the MX2 Intermediate and Kent Collins 21st in the MX2 Experts. In the MX1 categories, Robert Savage was 13th in the Experts, Alex Clode 11th in the Intermediate and Nathan Ferrari and Jake Lawson, 17th and 18th in the Clubman. Of the juniors, Kane Richards, Davey Gear and Bailey Marcus were sixth, seventh and 12th respectively in the 50cc automatics Division 2, Jack Knightly and Shem Wastell, fifth and sixth in the 7 to 9 Years 65cc, Riely Knightly sixth in both the 10 to Under 12 65cc and the 9 to Under 12 85-150f, Jesse Heemskerk and Brooke Marcus 11th and 12th in the 10 to Under 12 65cc and Luke Richards and Tane Wastell, 13th and 14th in the 9 to Under 12 85-150f. GREMLINS: Mount Gambier’s Jock Manser experienced mechanical issues with his usual racing machine but still managed a credible second place in the 125-250 GP sprint event on Saturday. 250cc Production and Clubsport category brought large fields to the grid and produced hard fought and close racing. If sufficient numbers were assured this class would be a worthwhile addition in future promotions. The two leg Supersport TT went to Ben Gotch from Hudson Pitt and Chas Hern with Adelaide’s James Fruin fifth while the Superbike TT saw Hartwell’s Andrew Ord best on his 1000cc Suuzki from former Master of Mac Park, Preston’s Steve Tozer on a 1000 Yamaha and his clubmate Paul Simonson with an Aprillia RSV4. In the sprints, the Supersport saw Gotch best from Pitt and Preston’s Jonny Taylor who also won the C Grade from Fruin and Kieren Maher, while the Superbikes went to Taralgon’s Dean Archibald on a Kawasaki, beating Ord and Tozer, with Hartwell’s Travis Baas taking the C Grade from Preston’s Colin Brooks and Hartwell’s Stephen Mion. Hartwell’s Tom Bramich went 32 - The Border Watch, Thursday, May 8, 2014 well, beating Luke Davies and Brian Bezzina in the 250cc Production Sprint and Mark Ferrari and Lilish Ross in the TT and then placing second to Alessandro Malatesta in the Formula 2 sprint before reversing the placings in the Formula 2 TT with Tim Podt third in both cases. The five leg Period 5 and Period 6 challenge went to the unbeaten Podt from Glen Crutchley and Mark Johnson. Steven Taylor and Hayden Graham were best in the Pre-Modern Sprint and TT respectively while Adelaide’s Paul van den Heiden headed the Bears-Thunderbikes. In the juniors where locals were involved, Warrnambool’s Ted Collins was unbeaten in Saturday’s three leg 125-250cc GP sprint event on his RS125 Honda with Mount Gambier’s Jock Manser, using his back up bike after practice trouble, second ahead of Preston’s Natahlia Johnson. The same small field ran concurrently with the Formula 2 bikes in Sunday’s TT of two 15 lap races with Manser first when Collins failed to finish leg one. As consolation for Collins in leg two, he turned in an outstanding effort to finish clearly ahead of the winning Formula 2 rider on a 450 and also set a new Junior 125 lap record, only half a second off Levi Day’s open 125cc figure of 1m 15.76s. In the combined 70cc, 85cc and 160f juniors, Preston’s Jacob Whitehouse continued to show remarkable form on his 85cc RMU, winning all three sprint events, including the second where he was handicapped 40 seconds back, as well as the two 10 lap TT races. Despite being overwhelmed, local 12yo Dallas Skeer still performed well to be second on both days ahead of the Harley Club’s Tyler Ferrari in the 85cc juniors while the 160f sprint went to Drew Sells from Dylan Whiteside and Chelsea MarleyDuncan and the TT to Sells from Marley-Duncan and Whiteside. Taken all round, an excellent meeting with a high standard Finishing eighth, Cameron Barker was the only MGJMCC rider in the 126 to 250cc juniors while Kane Richards, Davey Gear and Bailey Marcus enjoyed tackling the mud in the 50cc automatic demonstrations. Junior road race success THE only Mount Gambier rider to take part in the recent Broadford round of the Hartwell Motorcycle Club’s road race series, Jock Manser was doubly successful, winning the 125cc GP from Ted Collins and Jacob and Tayla Street and the George Carrick Memorial race, again from Collins but with Josh Mercieca and Philip Burke next. Coming events This weekend: Over 45s Seniors road races at McNamara Park. May 18: Portland Junior Motorcycle Club, motocross at Heywood. May 25: Mount Gambier Junior Motor Cycle Club, motocross at McNamara Park. Western Region motocross at Colac. May 31: Road race practice and ride day at McNamara Park. May 31-June 1: Round two SA Motocross Championships at Port Augusta. June 7-8: Winter Classic road races at McNamara Park. Finke Desert Race at Alice Springs.
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