-- Hartwell Motorcycle Club Championship - Round Five - Broadford - Hartwell
-- By Jake Skate.
130 machines took to the track for an action packed final round of the 2013 Hartwell Motorcycle Club Championship, held at Broadford State Motorcycle Sports Complex on August 10 – 11.
With heavy rain on the Friday practice day, Saturday’s conditions of blue skies took everyone by surprise; unfortunately the weather wasn’t the only surprise in store for many riders -by after lunchtime Saturday more than 15 riders had crashed in varying degrees.
Spectators were left with their hearts in their mouths after a Lap1-Turn1 crash involving 4 riders in the first 600 and Over 600 Novice race causing a two and a half hour holt to proceedings whilst the riders were treated by medical and transported to hospital.
The delays on Saturday caused the second leg of racing for the day to be cancelled and a fight for time saw all of the first leg of racing completed, bar two events which were moved to the following day.
However - Sunday was a new day, producing some of the best racing all season; this round would see all the championship classes decided, and many riders had their eyes fixed firmly on position 1 of the end of year podium.
The feature of the meeting, as always, is the Greg Bailey Memorial race, this 20 minute + 1 Lap event features the fastest Experts & selected Non-Experts in the meeting. Lapping at sub lap record pace, Kawasaki ZX10 rider Tyson Jones took home top honors in the 22-lap journey and subsequently secured the championship, finishing out the year with a 33-point lead from second place-getter, Yamaha R6 rider Bruce Howie who despite lacking the power of the 1000cc machines, still managed to ride his way to the podium of the championship with Shaun Pilmore rounding out the top 3.
Tyson Jones didn’t stop with only the Greg Bailey podium. Jones also took out the win in the Over 600 Expert Class for the weekend and for the championship. Consistency was the key for Jeffery Hill, who took second place in the championship. Nathan Jones counteracted missing 2 rounds this year with superior performances in the other 3, managing to snatch third place from South Australian, David Trotter.
After a win in the first and second races, Alastair Loomes looked like he had the Over 600 Non-Expert championship in the bag, but after a crash on Lap 2 of the final race, Shaun Pilmore managed to sneak through and claim the win. The extra points Pilmore was able to collect was enough to hand him the series win, with Loomes in second and Paul Dodd bringing in third.
After qualifying on pole, Michael Halliday wasn’t able to match the race pace of Bruce Howie in the 600cc Expert class. Halliday had a solid result of 3-2-3, leaving him in second place overall in the championship. However, Howie took out the round and series with Rowen Smith coming in third for the year.
Ben Blyth dominated the 600cc Non Expert class this round with a perfect result of all wins. Fortunately YRD Yamaha Rider Kenny Redding had enough points up his sleeve to take an overall championship win from Glenn Nankervis and Chris Watt.
It was a mixed bag with a narrow victory for the season by Lawson Walters, who despite missing the first round managed to snatch the season win in the George Carrick GP Machines class from Max Croker by 4 points. South Australian Ryan Ritchie took out third. Croker took out the win for the year in the 125GP class, with Walters also taking the 250cc Class.
Peter Wadley has taken out the Formula 400 Stock title with Brian Bezzina & Paul Jones also on the podium. Bezzina also winning Best-Presented bike and rider for the round with his immaculately prepared Honda RVF 400’s. When it came to the Modified Formula 400’s, Jack Fox was the man to beat, despite a fall on Saturday and not competing on Sunday he still managed to take the series win from Jason Embley and Tim Podt.
As always the Juniors put on a great show with the 3 classes of competition inside with the 150cc 4 stroke, 80cc 2 stroke & 70cc 2 stroke. South Australian Nic Liminton completed the championship win only 5 points off a perfect year of maximum points. Luke Davies came in second with Tom Dodd third. Victorian, Jacob Street has held out Ted Collins to win the 80cc 2-stroke title. Scott Nicholson has taken the 70cc championship win after a successful season.
The new SuperMoto circuit at the State Motorcycle Complex has been a great addition, while still in its infancy the track provides a great spectacle. A great race result for Lahrra Cloak 1-2-1, wasn’t enough to get her into contention for the SuperMoto title. Paul Newcombe took the overall win from Bruce Hill & Ben Taylor.
Jack Fox’s dominant form throughout the year showed when Fox managed to win the Pre Modern up 500cc class without actually competing in the final round, with Brian Bezzina & Peter Wadley coming in second and third in the championship respectively. The over 500cc Pre Modern class was won by Mark Bartleman, followed by David Simons and Robin Hedin.
Richard Marrocchini has followed up a perfect round of all wins with an easy win for the year in the Thunderbikes class. Marrocchini piloted his Ducati 1098 to an overall championship title ahead of Andrew Lear’s Ducati 1198 and Pete Mitchell’s Triumph Daytona.
One of the spectacles for the weekend was definitely the Superlights class; the class normally designated for commuter based road machines was also opened up to the likes of mini-motard bikes. The Sidecar community jumped on board amusing the crowd with their antics aboard their Ciniworx 160’s which were certainly not the most ergonomically designed bikes for fully grown men! Ron Matthews has managed to win the Superlights championship from Andrew English and Garry Gapes.
Graeme Keen took out the Period 4 Historic championship with only one other competitor in the class, Kelton Cheeseman. Ex-Australian 125GP champion Trevor Manley had a successful debut season in Period 5 racing, taking the mighty CBX 6 cylinder to the top step of the podium from David Nicholson and Wayne Nicholson despite not managing to compete in the final round.
Chris Rostron took his lap record holding Kawasaki GPZ900 normally piloted by hot-shot Ryan Taylor to a clean-sweep round win, propelling him to win the Period 6 Championship overall from Craig Beswick and Stephen Forsythe.
This meeting saw return of FIM Road Racing Sidecar World Championship competitors Adam Treasure and Darren Dewhurst, despite not being in the points from earlier in the year it didn’t stop the pair from showing what a top class outfit they were, running only 10ths of seconds off their own lap record to take a comfortable round win. Bill Sayers and partner Josephine Voltic took the Series win in the Sidecar class from Justin Foot & Melissa Foot, with Chris Cowley & Laura Thompson coming in third.
The end of year Championship awards presentation night is to be held on November 23 at the Hartwell Motorcycle Club offices in Bayswater, Victoria.
- HARTWELL ROAD RACE SERIES 2012 -
ROUND ONE - WINTON
ROUND TWO - MAC' PARK
ROUND THREE - PHILLIP ISLAND
ROUND FOUR - BROADFORD
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