-- Hartwell championships decided at Broadford
The final showdown in the Hartwell Motorcycle Club Championship was held at Broadford on 4/5th August. Hartwell have traditionally conducted a five round series, but this year it was reduced to four rounds with racing at Winton, Mac Park, Phillip Island and the final round being held at Broadford. Most classes were still open for a change in the championship lead.
Saturday qualifying started in dry conditions but later turned to damp or mostly dry. Sunday racing was in mixed overcast conditions; these conditions caught a few people out with tyre selection. The junior race on Sunday saw the heavens open when riders were taking up their grid positions. The race wasn’t stopped or declared wet however was red flagged on lap one because of a crash at pit corner.
In the Over 600 expert class Nathan Mawson who was in reach of the championship top spot put his Honda CBR1000RR on pole position in mostly dry conditions ahead of Nathan Jones and current championship leader by 14pts David Trotter. Steve Tozer who was back on his BMW 1000RR completed an emergency dash back home to pick up his belly pan and qualified in forth position.
Steve Tozer has continued his good form by winning the Over 600 Expert class with a 3-1-1-1. Nathan Jones finished in second place ahead of Nathan Mawson who could only edge 4pts closer to the championship lead. A very constant David Trotter has taken out the championship on 309pts ahead of Nathan Mawson on 299pts with Nathan McKenzie rounding out the podium.
Tim Dowbnia has taken out the Over 600 Non-Expert championship by 53pts despite not racing in the last three races of the weekend. Paul Dodd finished second in the championship and also won the round ahead of Glenn Sharpe and John Triggs.
It was a close round finish in the Over 600 Novice class with Peter Buchanan winning the round on a count back ahead of Alistar Duncan with Stephen Cincini rounding out the podium. Buchanan also won the championship by 5pts ahead of Alistar Duncan 322pts and Jade Merrett 237pts.
In a season that didn’t see many competitors contest the 600cc Expert class it was Mark Harris that proved consistent for a win in the round and also took out the championship from Darren Trotter ahead of Craig Nicolson.
A closely contested round between the 600cc Non Expert riders with Joe Marateo winning the opening two races. Marateo ended his chances of a round victory when he lost the front in race three on the opening lap and also slipped back to third in the championship. Bruce Howie ran away with the championship by 63pts from Rowen Smith on 284pts followed by Marateo.
There was nobody that could match the pace of James Partick in the 600cc Novice class. James finished the year with 15 wins and 1 second from 16 starts to win the championship with a round to spare. Chris Watt improved all year to take out second in the championship ahead of Terry Dixon.
One of the races of the weekend was the Greg Bailey feature race of 20 minutes that saw Tozer take the early lead and was then hauled in by Nathan and Tyson Jones on the Kawasaki ZX10’s. Nathan Jones won the race by .804 from bother Tyson followed by Steve Tozer. Nathan Mawson in forth place has won the Greg Bailey Championship by 17 points.
A showing of 9 juniors contested this final round of four races. There was some mixed overall winners with Lawson Walters taking out the first two races, Jock Manser won the third stanza, Jacob Street won the remaining points race and trophy race for the weekend.
Luke Davies won the Junior 150cc class this round from Ted Collins. The championship was won by Davies ahead of Collins and Simpson.
Jock Manser won the Junior 80cc class ahead of Lawson Walters.
In the Junior 70cc class it was a family affair with Tayla and Jacob Street. Jacob won the round but his sister Tayla has won the championship by 9pts ahead of Jacob.
The split grid format for the Formula 400 and Supermoto/Supermono class has some of the closest racing of the weekend. Peter Wadley took out the Formula 400 Stock class round and championship. Jack Fox saluted in the Modified class but Glen Kettle has won the championship by just 3pts ahead of Paul Cassingham.
The Supermono class was won by Garry Arbrew from Paul Newcombe whilst the
Supermoto class was won by James Dyer. Garry Arbrew has won both Supermoto and
Sidecars provided some close racing with first timers Bill Sayers and Josephine Voltic giving some of the experienced riders something to think about as they finished mid field. Duncan Rogers and Rod Bell had to work hard to win this weekend after some slow starts. Rogers/Bell won the round from Chris Pym & Matty Johnson followed by Justin and Melissa Foot.
Championship honours go to Duncan Rogers and Rod Bell 365pts ahead of Justin and Melissa Foot 315pts with Mark Leigh & Ian Robertson on the last podium spot.
– Results for Round 3
– Championship Winners
Trophy Presentation night will be held at the clubrooms on 24th November 2012.
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