-- Hartwell Championship continues in South Australia
Round 2 of the 2013 Hartwell Motorcycle Club Championships has been run and won at Mac Park, South Australia.
This round, over 100 competitors made the trip from Victoria and beyond to compete at the second round of the series. Forecast showers on the Saturday fortunately did not eventuate and the day ended up with a sweltering top of 37 degrees.
With high track temperatures and under a sunny sky Saturday was sure to show plenty of action packed racing, and it did not disappoint.
This round saw all the Expert & Non-Expert riders combined, with 1000cc & 600cc machines on the track at the same time. Qualifying saw Kawasaki ZX10 rider Tyson Jones take pole, closely followed by local expert David Trotter, with Tyson’s brother Nathan Jones rounding out the front row. However, it wasn’t just a 1000cc show by any means, with Bruce Howie putting his Yamaha R6 on the second row qualifying a respectable fifth.
The Expert and Non-Expert class, saw their first race red flagged due to second placed championship sitter, Chris Watt crashing his Yamaha R6 out at turn 1 on the third lap. After the race was restarted David Trotter took a narrow win from Tyson Jones, with brother Nathan coming in third, Bruce Howie was the first of the 600cc machines in fifth place overall.
The second race for the Expert & Non-Expert class saw Suzuki GSXR mounted David Trotter take a close win from Tyson Jones by .146 of a second, with Chris Ognenis only .6 of a second behind Jones. Bruce Howie once again being the first of the 600cc machines in seventh place.
Junior rider Ted Collins had a bad start to the weekend after damaging two crankshafts in his machine. In case of true sportsmanship he was loaned the spare machine of his rival competitors, twins Jacob & Tayla Street.
The Junior class provided a great spectacle, with race 1 being taken by pole position holder Callum Alderson, from Jacob Street. The real excitement however was coming from further down the field, with Tayla Street, Danielle Foot & Luke Davies fighting for fifth position overall, with Street on the more powerful RMU GP80 fighting her way back through the field after a bad start.
Race 2 had Lawson Walters take a commanding lead over Callum Alderson & Jacob Street, running away to a comfortable win by 5 seconds, with Alderson & Street left to fight it out for second place. Alderson eventually passed Street on the last lap to take a narrow second.
Saturdays sweltering conditions during the day were followed by Showers throughout the night and Sunday morning, making the second day’s morning’s events tyre choice critical. Honda NSF 250 & Metrakit GP80 rider Lawson Walters said, "We were doing tyre changes at the 5 minute call, and going out on a wet front and a slick rear".
Sunday morning also holds the qualifying for the Greg Bailey Feature race. The Greg Bailey Feature race is a 20minute + 1 Lap race. Just prior to the qualifying the track received a fresh shower of rain, once again making tyre choice critical, with riders taking a chance with tyres and hoping it would pay off, 3 JJJ Racing’s Nathan Jones said, “It was hard, we had to take the gamble and didn't have time to put full wets on, so we ended up going out on a wet front and an old slick rear, so we just put in a time and ended up eighth on the grid, so, it wasn't too bad really, we knew the Greg Bailey was a long race and we could battle our way through.”.
The Greg Bailey Feature race qualifying saw Chris Ognenis claim pole, with 600cc hotshot Bruce Howie claiming second, and Shaun Pilmore rounding off the front row on his Yamaha R1.
The Greg Bailey Feature race took off with a strong field; now with the track completely dry Chris Ognenis had the early lead with Tyson and Nathan Jones qualifying further back on the grid. Bruce Howie once again was right up there on his 600cc machine against the 1000’s. The Jones brothers were on a charge, making themselves the front pair by the eighth lap.
Nathan Jones said, “I got a really good jump, managed to go through turn 1 in third, got past [Bruce] Howie in turn 2 and got on the back of Chris [Ognenis] early, but I think I spent all my energy on those first 5 laps chasing him, trying to get past him and I knew Tyson was coming, so the last few laps were pretty tiring hanging on until Tyson went past.”
By the end of the 20 minutes + 1 lap stint, Tyson Jones had made the move on his brother, he had sat behind waiting for the opportunity that would arise for him to claim the lead, Tyson said, "I was just happy sitting there behind him, waiting for the five minute board, which somehow I missed that, saw the last lap board, and had a crack and it managed to pay off.".
Ognenis rounded out the top three with Howie the first of the 600’s in forth. Jones leads the Greg Bailey Championship on 51 points, from Howie on 39.
A crash in the third Junior race involving Jacob Street & Callum Alderson saw the race red flagged and both riders taken to hospital, with street receiving surgery Sunday night to reset a broken ulna (forearm) bone. With Street & Alderson both sitting out the third and forth races, it was an easy win for Lawson Walters in both, and comfortable second for Jock Manser in both. Manser now leads the Junior 80cc championship on 148 points, from Alderson on 126.
Junior 150cc rider Nic Liminton won the round with a clean sweep on his Honda CBR 150 machine from newcomer Danielle Foot. Liminton now leads the Junior 150cc championship on 195 points from Luke Davies on 157. A Noteworthy mention must be given to 11 year-old Scott Nicholson on his Moriwaki 70cc mixing it with the likes of Luke Davies on his Motovert 150.
Jack Fox was once again the man to beat in the Formula 400 Modified class, winning every race for the weekend. Tim Podt finished second for the weekend finishing 2nd, 3rd, 3rd & 2nd in the four races, beating David Capuano by 4 points for the round. Fox now leads the series by 51 points from Jason Embley.
In the Formula 400 Stock class, Peter Wadley took a win in every race, with Steven Brocklesby coming in second in each race. Brian Bezzina edged out Joshua Willingham for a third in the final race.
In the SuperMoto class Yamaha YZ450 mounted Paul Newcombe took a comfortable win for the round from Bruce Hill & Ben Taylor, winning all of his races. Newcombe now leads the series with a margin of 37 points over Hill.
The field was thin on the ground in the sidecar class, with only 4 outfits for the weekend, but that wasn’t to say the racing was boring by any means, whilst Bill Sayers & Josephine Voltic took a comfortable win for the round, Chris Cowley & Laura Thompson and Chris Grubb & fill in passenger Fred Kruzycki, were swapping paintwork through some of the faster corners in the circuit and was great close racing to watch.
All classes were keenly contested with the 1000cc Novices showing plenty of action packed racing with four different winners over four races, with Michael Hedley taking out the first, Robert Hedley taking the second, Anton Tobe the third & Local Jeremey Gunia taking the final race of the weekend. Consistency paid off for Steve Cincini who took the round from Craig Wiseman. Wiseman having a fall on the third lap of the final race for the weekend seeing him DNF.
The 600cc Novice class was close and had three different winners from four races. Jeff Hoskin taking the first race on Saturday, with Jamie Banks taking the second. Sunday saw Jeff Hoskin once again taking the first race of the day after an impressive ride by Jamie Banks, beating even the 1000cc machines but unfortunately being relegated back to 6th place overall after a 10 second jumped start penalty. The final race went to Brad Swinton from Hoskin, leaving Hoskin with top honors for the round taking the first place, and Banks in second overall.
In the 125GP, 250cc & Superlight class, it was all about Lawson Walters, blitzing the field on his Honda NSF 250. Max Croker took the round in the 125GP class from Ryan Ritchie & James Carrison. Croker continues to lead the series 40 points clear of Ritchie. Luke Davies was the consistently the first of the 250 Production bikes and has now taken over the lead in the 250cc series. Ron Matthews took the round win in the Superlights class on 100 points from Andrew English and Joe Webster both on 76 points.
Round 3 of the 2013 Hartwell Motorcycle Club Championship is at Winton Motor Raceway on April 27-28.
-- Round One Report - Hartwell Championship heats up
The 2013 Hartwell Motorcycle Club Championship was hotly contested at the first round at the Broadford State Motorcycle Sports Complex on February 9 & 10.
Sweltering conditions on Saturday with the temperature hitting 30 degrees and clear blue sky’s provided for a great days racing. Followed by Sundays’ slightly cooler change of around 25 degrees, once again provided great conditions for spectators and riders alike.
Qualifying Saturday morning showed great pace in the 600 Novice & Over 600 Novice class with the top 6 separated by less then .7 of a second, with Suzuki GSXR 1000 mounted newcomers Michael Hedley and brother Robert Hedley taking pole position and third place on the grid respectively, John Blyth taking his Yamaha R6 to second and David Bond rounding out the front row.
The Formula 400 class saw Jack Fox take his Yamaha FZR 400 to Pole position easily with a 1:01.980 only .544 of a second off the lap record, Paul Cassingham, Jason Embley and Peter Wadley all close behind on the front row.
After qualifying on Pole in the SuperMoto class James Dyer backed it up with an impressive win beating the other 16 riders in the first of the SuperMoto races on asphalt.
The SuperMoto racing was originally scheduled to be on the new part dirt section, but after the first race it was decided that the surface was unsafe and very dusty. Working with the SuperMoto riders, Race Direction approved the use of a short circuit around Broadford cutting out the main straights and it was decided they would use that for the remainder of their racing, showing a hard 90 degree corner which provided a great show for spectators of the riders sliding their machines through the turn.
The weekend saw the Sidecar class Plagued with Drama. During the first practice, Terry Goldie and Brad Gorrie blew up the engine in their sidecar on the first lap, and it was unable to be fixed for the remainder of the weekend.
The second sidecar race on Saturday saw a collision between the Alvin GSXR 1000 Sidecar of Chris Grubb and Janina Gorski and the GSXR 600 powered sidecar of Ron Marten and Gavin Smith, which saw both passengers ejected simultaneously from their sidecars and Gorski’s arm to become trapped underneath her Sidecar; this causing the race to be red flagged and restarted, Both sidecars received serious frame damage in the incident and could no longer compete in the rest of the weekends racing.
The third event for the sidecars was also red flagged on the first lap due to a collision between 3 sidecars being Justin Foot and passenger Melissa Foot, Mark Leigh and passenger Ian Robertson and Duncan Rogers and passenger Rod Bell. Causing Ian Robertson to become stuck underneath. In the restart Bill Sayers and Josephine Voltic had a comfortable victory from Dwight Beare and Noel Beare, and also took out the round championship.
Sunday features the third and forth legs of racing for all classes, and also hosts the Greg Bailey Feature race, a 20 Minute + 1 Lap event for Expert and Selected Non Expert Riders. The racing was literally on fire after Honda CBR 1000 rider Dean Archbold while sitting in third place, 10 minutes into the event fell at turn 5, the resultant hot exhaust and dry grass instantly caught alight, with strong winds the resultant fire took hold instantly burning approximately 300 square metres of grass on the outside of the turn. The race was stopped until the area had been declared safe, at which point racing resumed for the remaining time, with Tyson Jones steering his Kawasaki ZX10 to a comfortable victory over Chris Ognenis followed by Bruce Howie.
The 600cc Non Expert class was close with the win for the round going to Kenny Redding with a finish in 1-2-1-1 for each race, closely followed by Team GB Galvanising’s Chris Watt who finished 2-1-2-2. Bruce Howie took a clean sweep of victories in the 600cc Expert class from closest Rival Mark Harris.
Tyson Jones put on a great performance in the Over 600cc Expert class, winning every race except the third, narrowly being beaten by Dean Archbold, but will be heading into round two 23 points clear of Shane McKenzie in second. The Over 600cc Non-Expert class being won by Ciscos Race Tuning/YRD rider Brad Conder, with Ben Garland and Shaun Pilmore rounding out the podium.
Consistency proved the winner of the Junior 80cc Class with Callum Alderson edging out Jacob Street after Street DNF’d the third race, with Alderson taking full advantage of the win to place him first in the championship standings after Round 1, followed by Street and Jock Manser.
As a part of each round a trophy is presented to the best-presented bike and rider and this round it was handed to Junior Rider Tom Dodd. The best-presented winner also draws a random name from a hat whom receives free entry to the following round, this was drawn by Dodd and won by 1000cc Novice Rider Steven Cincini.
The next round for the 2013 Hartwell Motorcycle Championships is on the 9 & 10th of March at Mac Park, SA.
- CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS AFTER ROUND 1 -
125GP – Max Croker
250cc – Greg Breese
600 Expert – Bruce Howie, Non-Expert – Kenny Redding, Novice – John Blyth
Over 600 Expert – Tyson Jones, Non-Expert – Brad Conder, Novice - Michael Hedley
Formula 400 Stock – Peter Wadley, Modified – Jack Fox
Junior 150cc – Nic Liminton, 80cc Callum Alderson, 70cc – Scott Nicholson
SuperMono – Paul Newcombe
SuperMoto – Ben Verhagen
Historic P5 – Neville Grant,
Pre-Modern Over 500cc – David Simons, Up to 500cc – Jack Fox
Sidecars – Bill Sayers & Josephine Voltic
Superlights – Ron Matthews
Thunderbikes – Shane McKenzie
Full results at www.computime.com.au
- HARTWELL ROAD RACE SERIES 2012 -
ROUND ONE - WINTON
ROUND TWO - MAC' PARK
ROUND THREE - PHILLIP ISLAND
ROUND FOUR - BROADFORD
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