ASBK 2018 – Round Seven – Phillip Island
Saturday Report – All Classes
Aaron Morris went out and reasserted his dominance of the Superbike Masters category this afternoon though. A 1m36.716 on the FZR1000 about half a lap quicker than the rest of the field.
Superbike Masters Combined Qualifying Results
Aaron Morris – Yamaha 1m36.716
Jason Cullen – Yamaha 1m40.013
Adrian DiGiandomenico – Yamaha 1m40.391
Stephen Kairl – Yamaha 1m43.545
Scott Webster – Harris 1m43.847
John Allen – Yamaha 1m45.457
Lachlan Hill – Yamaha TZ 1m46.015
Justin Mellerick – Honda 1m46.800
Bernie Leen – Harris F1 1m47.563
Glenn Crutchley – Kawasaki 1m48.268
Dean Castleton – Honda CB1100R 1m48.590
Roger Gunn – Suzuki Katana 1m48.710
James Agombar – Yamaha TZ 1m48.749
Albert Tehennepe – Harris F1 1m48.767
Tyler Bradford – Suzuki GSX-R750 1m49.003
Superbike Masters Race One
Aaron Morris had set the pace all weekend in the Superbike Masters category throughout practice and qualifying and that form did not desert him in the opening five-lap bout of the weekend late this afternoon at Phillip Island.
Adrian DiGiandomenico got away well when the lights went out but was quicky overhauled by who then went on to take victory by almost seven-seconds over DiGiandomenico while Jason Cullen rounded out the podium.
Superbike Masters Race One Results
Aaron Morris – Yamaha
Adrian DiGiandomenico – Yamaha +6.677
Jason Cullen – Yamaha +11.149
Stephen Kairl – Yamaha +37.322
Justin Mellerick – Honda +43.422
Jim Agombar – Yamaha +48.200
Bernie Leen – Harris F1 +52.025
Roger Gunn – Suzuki +54.420
Denis Ackland – Kawasaki +56.549
Albert Tehennepe – Harris F1 +56.920
Damon Rees was the only one of the Supersport top contenders to improve his standing in QP2, the Kiwi moving up to third on the combined timesheets but Cru Halliday remained untouchable on top courtesy of his 1m35.570 in QP1.
Tom Toparis will also start from the front row tomorrow, sandwiched between that pair. Callum Spriggs heads row two alongside youngsters Max Croker and Nic Liminton.
Supersport Combined Qualifying Results
Cru Halliday – Yamaha 1m35.570
Tom Toparis – Kawasaki 1m36.156
Damon Rees – Honda 1m36.311
Callum Spriggs – Yamaha 1m36.409
Max Croker – Suzuki 1m36.593
Nic Liminton – Yamaha 1m37.194
Jack Passfield – Yamaha 1m37.328
Scott Nicholson – Suzuki 1m37.422
Zac Johnson – Yamaha 1m37.625
Dylan Whiteside – Yamaha 1m37.803
Broc Pearson – Yamaha 1m37.835
Giuseppe Scarcella – Kawasaki 1m38.670
Aidan Hayes – Yamaha 1m38.771
Rhys Belling – Yamaha 1m38.862
Ryan Taylor – Yamaha 1m38.888
Campbell Russell – Yamaha 1m39.044
Ty Lynch – Yamaha 1m40.509
John Quinn – Triumph 1m40.688
Dallas Skeer – Suzuki 1m40.776
Marc Wilson – Kawasaki 1m40.938
Brodie Malouf – Triumph 1m41.837
Ted Collins suffered some sort of mechanical failure at the start of first qualifying this morning but this afternoon it was Kyle Buckley that was left stranded at turn one on the BCperformance Kawasaki. Collins though quickly made amends for his morning disappointment by dropping in a 1m34.014 on his third lap of the second session.
Lachlan Epis’ luckless run continued with a flat tyre halfway through the session.
It wasn’t until that halfway point of the session that Josh Waters, Wayne Maxwell and Troy Herfoss decided to head out on track. Bayliss though had been running plenty of laps, no doubt working on race pace set-up for tomorrow.
Early in the second half of the session Bryan Staring got the BCperformance ZX-10R Kawasaki wound up and shot to the top of the timesheets not only in this second session, but also on combined times. The West Australian the first of the fast boys to show his hand, a 1m32.398.
Wayne Maxwell took his shot at pole with six-minutes left in the session, he hit a bullseye with a 1m32.096, a new fastest ever domestic Superbike lap record around the 4.45 kilometre Phillip Island circuit. The Pharoah of Phillip Island strikes again!
That 1m32.096 surpasses the previous record of 1m32.274 Maxwell himself set here back in 2013 onboard a GSX-R1000 Suzuki.
“I actually thought that lap was a little untidy and I didn’t know what to expect, I came out of the last turn, looked at the timer and was very surprised. Massive thanks to the boys and we’ve been refining the package to make it better and better. We’ll go back and have a look at the data ahead of tomorrow. Big thanks also to the boys at Elite Roads for the cheque and I’m happy to take it off them for once!”
Shortly after that new lap though it was nearly a Suzuki lap record once again! With two-minutes to go Josh Waters crossed the stripe and stopped the clocks on 1m32.106, missing Maxwell’s time by a frustrating one-hundredth of a second. We suspect though that Waters crashed shortly after setting that lap, but are yet to confirm that suspicion.
Bryan Staring will also start from the front row courtesy of his 1m32.398 while Troy Bayliss will head the second row from Troy Herfoss and Daniel Falzon.
Glenn Allerton heads the third row on his return from injury and will be joined on that row by Matt Walters and his own young teammate Ted Collins.
Arthur Sissis rounded out the top ten on his Penrite Honda supported Fireblade ahead of Mark Chiodo and Glenn Scott.
Superbike Combined Qualifying Results
Wayne Maxwell – Yamaha 1m32.096
Josh Waters – Suzuki 1m32.106
Bryan Staring – Kawasaki 1m32.398
Troy Bayliss – Ducati 1m32.621
Troy Herfoss – Honda 1m33.003
Daniel Falzon – Yamaha 1m33.065
Glenn Allerton – BMW 1m33.211
Matt Walters – Kawasaki 1m33.549
Ted Collins – BMW 1m33.807
Arthur Sissis – Honda 1m33.995
Mark Chiodo – Suzuki 1m34.107
Glenn Scott – Kawasaki 1m34.343
Mitch Levy – Yamaha 1m34.389
Jamie Stauffer – Ducati 1m34.577
Kyle Buckley – Kawasaki 1m34.756
Mitch Rees – Honda 1m34.777
Mason Coote – Kawasaki 1m34.847
Alex Phillis – Suzuki 1m35.055
Lachlan Epis – Kawasaki 1m35.830
Matt Tooley – Yamaha 1m36.504
Adam Senior – Yamaha 1m36.585
Phil Czaj – Aprilia 1m36.821
Patrick Li – Yamaha 1m36.948
Yannis Shaw – Kawasaki 1m37.561
Brendan McIntyre – Suzuki 1m37.727
David Barker – Kawasaki 1m37.779
Evan Byles – Kawasaki 1m37.825
Nathan Spiteri – Suzuki 1m38.147
Scott McGregor – Yamaha 1m38.247
Heath Griffin – Ducati 1m38.925
Sidecar Race One
Taking the victory in the opening race of the Horsell Consulting Round of the 2018 Australian F1 & F2 Sidecar Championship was Boughen / Shorter with Howard Ford / Lee Menzies (California Custom Products, F1 LCR Suzuki 1000) a further 13 seconds back. Mick Alton / Christine Clancy (J&C Contracting, F2 LCR Suzuki 600) were the first of the F2’s, 17.315 seconds off the leaders in third overall.
F1 Sidecars class leaders David Boughen / Robbie Shorter were delighted in their result today winning F1 class and outright for Race One. Boughen sharing; “We tried to get Howard Ford and Lee Menzies to push us hard! We love the fast-flowing corners here at Phillip Island and its hard work on the passengers.”
F2 Sidecars Race winners Mick Alton / Christine Clancy were victorious the F2 class, stating on the podium; “I’m giving away 60 odd horsepower, so I was very surprised when I was able to pass the Western Australians, Graeme Evans and Jarrod Scott. There were some really close moments out there!”
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