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!”
Sidecar Race One Results
- David Boughen / Robbie Shorter
- Howard Ford / Lee Menzies +12.963s
- Mick Alton / Christine Clancy +17.315s
- Graeme Evans / Jarrod Scott +21.708s
- Bruce Collins / Peter DeAngelis +22.134s
- Jeff Brown / Darren Sheldrick +26.274s
- Patrick Clancy / Stephen Bonney +36.187s
- Richard Goodale / Scott Goodale +54.147s
- John Clancy / Warren Grubb +62.837s
- Andrew Phillips / Barry Martin +106.252s
- Simon Reynolds / Kathryn Warne +106.988s
- Trevor Love / Aimee Turner +1 lap