The Border Watch : June 5th 2014
SPORT NEWS TIPS email@example.com MOTOR SPORT 33 South Eastern Auto Club back on track FOX LAURIE AFTER being forced to cancel the first two rounds of its 2014 motorkhana series, the South Eastern Automobile Club finally put one on the board last Sunday. The first attempt was canned due to the heat when the temperature reached 44.9 degrees, while they planned second round was just the opposite, the pin pulled on the event when there was too much rain on the showground’s surface. Director for the day, Ken IMPRESSIVE EFFORT: In the 600cc non-experts, Jock Manser finished fifth at the Hartwell road races, only able to complete two heats on a hastily repaired machine after early troubles. Trimnell, with help from assistant Paul Height, made sure the contest ran smoothly for the 22 eager competitors, who were happy with the 16 tracks set for the challenge. Fastest driver Melbournite Aaron Wullemin blasted around in his rear wheel drive Honda special for the sensational time of 563.78 seconds for the 16 runs. Second outright and first SEAC member was Mike Excell, also from Melbourne, who took his front wheel drive Honda special through in 586.40 seconds while Patrick Hitchcock from Homerton, Victoria clinched third overall and second SEAC member with 639.26s in his Peugeot 205. Looking at those who added to the SEAC members top 10, Trimnell was third with 646.14s, followed by Geoff Wilson with 683.91, Ivan Heenan with 685.34, Dion Becker with 727.83, Paul Heenan with 750.72, Josh Mason with 791.39, James Masters with 838.83 and Mick Argoon with 841.29. In the local club classes, Paul Heenan took the category A award in his Alto, Hitchcock headed Trimnell and Wilson in class B, Masters and Paul Height topped class C and Becker headed Argoon and Kevin Raedel in class D. Class F for specials went to IMPROVING: Brodie Dixon completed all his races in the 12 to under 16, 85cc to be around 27th in round two of the State Motocross Titles. overall winner Excell while Ivan Heenan headed Mason and Samuel Becker in the juniors, Cloe Schwarz the women’s juniors from Sarah Kuchel and Ryan Harry the novice juniors. The upcoming long weekend will be a big one for the automobile club with the running of the “Challenge of the Clubs” where SEAC members and those from any other CAMS affiliated clubs can come and compete in a Autocross at Seac Park on Saturday afternoon, a Motorkhana at the Mount Gambier saleyards on Sunday morning and a Night Trial on Sunday evening starting from Seac Park. Entries close at 6.30pm tonight at the White Avenue club office between 4pm and 6.30pm. For further details on events call from Ken Trimnell on 0419 810 798. Round two State Motocross Titles THE Mount Gambier Junior Motor Cycle Club had representatives in several classes of the second round of the 2014 South Australian Motocross Championships at Port Augusta last weekend. In Saturday’s juniors, Morgan McNicol, who won the first round of the 12 to under 16, 85cc at Gilman, rode well to fill placing’s of two seconds and a third in the heats to be - subject to confirmation - a narrow first overall. McNicol also contested the 100cc to 125cc class for sixth overall from heat placing’s of fifth, seventh and tenth, despite bike troubles. Brodie Dixon completed all his races in the 12 to under 16, 85cc to be around 27th while in the nine to under 12 years 85cc to 150f class, Justus Burford was ninth overall with Davey Gear filling the same placing in the division two 50cc automatics. There were impressive results in Sunday’s seniors with Adrian Childs first and Alex Clode fourth in the MX1 Intermediates for Open category machines. While, Hamish Barker was unbeaten in the Clubman Open with three heat wins - in the same class Zac Gray finished 14th and Nathan Ferrari 20th. In the MX2 events for up to 250cc models, Kent Collins only completed two heats to be 19th overall in the Experts while Alexander McNicol with bike down in performance finished 16th in the Intermediates. Ryan White and Martin Moelder contested the MX2 Clubman events, White placing 11th, seventh and seventh in his heats while Moelder’s placing’s were 22nd, 16th and 17th. Further details of the meeting will be included in next Thursday’s motor sport report. In conclusion of racing, a number of Mount Gambier seniors headed for Alice Springs where some are to take part in the this weekend’s annual Finke Desert Race, one of Australia’s largest off road events. Hartwell road races A SMALL number of Mount Gambier riders travelled to Phillip Island last weekend for the third round of the Hartwell Motorcycle Club’s 2014 club championship road race series and MRRDA junior events. Riding in the 600cc non-experts, FAST FINISH: Morgan McNicol rode rode impressively at round two of the State Motocross Titles in Port Augusta. Ryan Ritchie finished eighth overall while in the George Carrick GP Final 0.75 Mile Road Race NEWS of the recent passing of one time top South Australian road racer, Adelaide’s Denny McCormack, brings to mind the final meeting on the original three quarter mile road race circuit at McNamara Park on December 26, 1971 where he was the top performer on the day. Riding a large capacity Suzuki and backed by a strong group of fellow South Australians, McCormack’s three victories came in the unlimited, over 400cc and A grade events with former outstanding local, Robert Assink, second in the latter race on his TZ250 Yamaha, after winning the 250cc class. Other Mount Gambier competitors to figure in the meeting’s results included Garth Daking and Ian Selby in the 125s, Roger Crowe, Darryl Cleves and the late Ian Hogg with two firsts in sidecar events, while among the leading visitors stars such as Bill Horsman, Jeff Miller, Peter Allen, Bob Jolly and John Inkster were to be seen. After winning the prestigious Victorian Harvey Wiltshire Trophy feature and the South Australian Unlimited TT in 1974, McCormack had an accident at the Adelaide International Raceway in December of the same year and was lucky to be revived, when his heart stopped beating for two minutes. He did race again in 1975, mainly on a 125cc bike - including once at McNamara Park - but retired at the end of that year. A champion cyclist prior to his motor cycle career, the popular McCormack was 73 at the time of his death. Coming events This weekend: Finke Desert Race at Alice Springs; South Eastern Auto Club, Challenge of the Clubs with autocross, motorkhana and night trial. June 14-15: Victorian Junior Motocross Titles at Korumburra. June 15: Mount Gambier Junior Motor Cycle Club motocross at McNamara Park or Yahl grass track (To be confirmed). June 22: Western region motocross at Ballarat. June 28: Road Race practice and ride day at McNamara Park. June 29: Portland Junior Motorcycle Club, round four motocross at Heywood. July 5: Portland Junior Motorcycle Club, motocross practice day. July 5-6: Hattah motorcycle desert race. The Border Watch, Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 33 class won by Warrnambool’s Ted Collins, Jock Manser finished fifth, only able to complete two heats on a hastily repaired machine after early troubles. In the 85cc two stroke juniors, Dallas Skeer, another to have bike problems and having to resort to borrowing a machine to complete his events, was third overall with a best placing of second. Additional details of the meeting and series points and placing’s will be included in next week’s motor sport page.
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