-- NSW Speedway Juniors
The Cleanaway New South Wales Junior Speedway Solo Championship was staged at the Allen Park track at Somersby last weekend with riders from all over New South Wales as well as some Queenslanders contesting the event.
Ten years ago Chris Holder would have contested such a State Junior title meeting as his junior racing days were coming to an end.
Since gaining that important grounding in the sport in junior days Holder has gone on to win a string of Australian Under 21 Championships, and then the Australian (Senior) Championship, and now the World Championship. .
Who knows how far some of last weekend's contestants will go in the sport,
but Holder's success has showed what can be done after getting that foundation
in junior competition.
Cook top scored in the heats with 14 points and he was joined in the Final by Queenslander Bryce Brigden and Newcastle rider Denny Co, who both scored 11, and Boyd Hollis, also of Newcastle, who won the B Final.
Cox lost his chance in the Final when he fell and it was Cook who triumphed with a faultless ride ahead of Brigden and Hollis.
Also on the program on Sunday was the Aircom Systems New South Wales Junior Sidecar Championship with the small field turning on plenty of exciting action.
Victory went to the combination of Jackson Dunn-Gilbert and passenger Alanah Cornwell who beat Jackson Bond / Liam Cox and Tom Pearce / Denny Cox in the final.
For further information about junior speedway racing call 0412 506 503.
-- The Bikes at back at Wagga Wagga this SATURDAY
Championship motorcycle racing will return to the Yarragundry Park track near Wagga Wagga this Saturday (October 13) with the staging of the 2012 Wagga Motorcycles New South Wales Track Championships.
The championship finished up at Yarragundry Park after the Panorama Club, which was originally allocated the event, decided it could not proceed on its preferred date due to a clash with other events.
The Wagga Wagga Motorcycle Sports Club stepped in and club spokesman Chris Grentell said the club is pleased in two respects.
"Firstly it means that the championship will not be lost off the calendar for this year and it also provides the chance for the club to stage an open competition track meeting for the first time in two years" said Grentell.
Pleasingly riders have supported the meeting in good numbers in the majority of classes with 120 riders entered and more than 150 machines.
Entries are particularly strong in the Pro Lites, Pro Open, MX Open and Under
19s classes, headed by the most successful rider in dirt track competition over
the past few years, Luke Richards from the Kurri Kurri club.
Richards' credentials make him favourite in the Pro Open and MX Open classes, but success for him is certainly not a foregone conclusion given the quality of the opposition.
Alan McDonald and Sean McLellan from Newcastle and Joey Ringwood and the Smith brothers - David and Peter - from Sydney could make their trip a successful one, while there is plenty of leading contenders from the southern areas of the state.
Local club members like Ian Hamilton, Nick Grentell, Aiden Feeney and Alex Giffin will all fancy their chances while the Armstrong brothers - David and Tom - from Griffith, Josh Antone from Albury, Michael Vecchi and Michale Sulcs from Canberra, Grant Charnock from Cowra, Brayden Elliott from Tumut and the very experienced Ashley Wilesmith from Temora will ensure plenty of interest for fans from clubs in the Riverina and surrounding areas.
Interestingly there are two senior 2-wheel entrants from West Wyalong, multi champion Darren Herrick and 16-year-old Hunter Anderson, who will be competing in his first senior meeting.
The long slider class has attracted a smaller entry but still looms as a fascinating battle with the likes of Newcastle rider Kozza Smith, who is on the comeback trailafter injury, experienced campaigners Anthony Dall from Gunnedah and Ringwood, and youngsters Charnock, Anderson and Grentell expected to be prominent.
It is a similar story in the dirt track sidecars where quality overrides quantity with previous dirt track and long track champions in Corey and Tom Banks from the ACT and Mark Worner and passenger Harold McCahon from West Wyalong joined by the recent Victorian Dirt Track champions Scott Sandow and Wayne O'Meley also from West Wyalong.
Entries for the womens and the junior support classes are also strong and they too can be expected to provide some close competition.
Where there is one grid of riders those classes will be decided on points over four rounds, while for the classes where two or more heats are necessary per round there will be three heats for all riders before a repechage and final.
The timetable for Saturday sees practice start at 11am with racing commencing at the conclusion of practice. There will be a tea break when the setting sun becomes a problem for riders before racing will be concluded under lights.
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