The opening 300 Supersport race of the weekend got underway under brilliant blue skies and a sun that was starting to bite hard. Something else biting hard was Oli Bayliss, the Gold Coast youngster was left on the grid as the 31-bike field disappeared into the distance as they started their seven-lap bout.
Young Bayliss has had a few machinery niggles this weekend but unfortunately the worst of them happened on the start line just before the action started proper. A broken gearbox on the Ninja 300 as he got away putting him out of proceedings.
At the front of the pack that streaked away from the hapless Bayliss it was unfolding as a battle between Tom Bramich, Seth Crump and Olly Simpson for the lead. Tayla Relph was right in that picture too along with Hunter Ford, Zac Levy and Locky Taylor.
Early on the second lap Bramich lost a number of positions and got shuffled back into the pack as Crump and Ford tried to break away from Hunter Ford, as Bramich battled his way through numerous contenders to put himself back into the battle.
The action up front then got ever crazier! It was virtually impossible to keep up with who was where as riders cut and thrust between themselves at almost every one of the 18 turns that make up The Bend International Circuit.
As the race broached half distance Bramich had finally managed to break away a little from his pursuers just as Tayla Relph dusted up Hunter Ford and stole second place. Plenty of fight in this girl! Unfortunately half a lap later Relph ran wide and lost ground and a number of places. The battle for second was now waging between Zevy and Ford, meanwhile Bramich was trying to make the most of having some clear air and nobody nipping at his ducktail at every turn.
With two laps to run Hunter Ford managed to breakaway from Levy and Simpson and chase down Tom Bramich. Half a lap later Simpson had also left Levy in his wake and had joined Ford and Bramich up front.
At the last lap board that trio were in close formation and nudging each other as they approached the braking area at turn one. That trip then swapped positions all over the place as Zac Levy started to mount a sneak attack from the rear… Olly Simpson had been the fastest rider on the penultimate lap though with the first 2m10s 300 Supersport lap of the weekend.
Hunter Ford seemingly though had saved his best for last and somehow managed to leave his pursuers in his dust through the final turns to take a hard fought victory. Tom Bramich took second place from Zac Levy while Olly Simpson was just pipped off the podium after clipping the grass late on the final lap.
Supersport 300 Race One Results
Hunter Ford – Yamaha
Tom Bramich – Yamaha +0.311
Zac Levy – Yamaha +1.112
Olly Simpson – Yamaha +1.233
Locky Taylor – Yamaha +1.237
Harry Khouri – Yamaha +1.400
Ben Bramich – KTM +2.121
Tayla Relph – Yamaha +3.978
Seth Crump – KTM +4.835
Travis Hall – Yamaha +7.992
Jarred Brook – KTM +8.183
Ben Baker – Kawasaki +11.872
Max Stauffer – Yamaha +21.466
Mitchell Simpson – Yamaha +21.602
Dan Thomas – Yamaha +21.754
Bronson Pickett – Yamaha +21.852
Mitch Kuhne – Yamaha +29.778
Troy Ryan – Yamaha +30.330
Peter Nerlich – Kawasaki +30.384
Zane Ford – Yamaha +30.585
Supersport 300 Race Two
The second seven-lap bout of the weekend got underway at 1707 Saturday evening as shadows start to cast across The Bend Motorsport Complex.
Seth Crump got the best run off the line and through the first turn to take the early lead ahead of Tom Bramich and Zac Levy but Bramich then took the lead at turn six. A few turns later it was Olly Simpson in the lead from Bramich and Crump. Bramich in front again at the penultimate turn and led the field down the chute.
Bramich managed to retain that lead all the way down the main straight to lead Simpson and Crump into turn one. Stalking them also were Hunter Ford, Harry Khouri and Zac Levy.
Tom Bramich had actually started to eke a small buffer over his pursuers but then early on the third lap he made a mistake and ran wide, his foot off the peg. The door was open and Olly Simpson walked through it along with Hunter Ford.
A lap later it was again Tom Bramich up front but nothing separated the top half-dozen of riders and it still anyone’s race. Hunter Ford then took his turn at the front of the pack, then it was Olly Simpson again. Then Tom Bramich again…
With two laps to run Hunter Ford and Tom Bramich started to pull a few bike lengths over their pursuers. At the last lap board that pair had 1.3-seconds on third placed Seth Crump who was in close company with Khouri, Simpson and Tayla Relph.
It was going to be a two-man battle to the line and Ford and Bramich changed places numerous times on the final lap. Bramich led Ford onto the main straight with Ford right on his pipe, but Tom Bramich does it. Ford got the better of him on Saturday morning but Bramich got his revenge in this one.
The third and final seven-lap race for the ASBK Supersport 300 competitors got underway under bright blue skies at Tailem Bend just before midday in front of a fairly strong South Australian crowd.
Tom Bramich got a wheelstand off the line from his YZF-R3 but that perhaps cost him a little as Olly Simpson, Locky Taylor and Zac Levy pushed the pole-sitter back to fourth place early on lap one.
Olly Simpson led most of the opening lap before Levy slipped past him at the penultimate turn to lead the field onto the main straight.
Hunter Ford then took his turn at the front and actually held on to that lead for the entire lap as Zac Levy tussled over second place with Olly Simpson.
A lap later Levy hit the front again, but Ford was back into the lead a couple of turns later. Tom Bramich was right in that now four-strong leading bunch along with Olly Simpson. And it was the latter of that bunch that got back in the lead again the following lap.
As the race moved into its second half that leading quartet had started to swell in number… Looking to join that party was Locky Taylor, Seth Crump and Harry Khouri. Then it got next level crazy…
Seth Crump hit the lead with two lap to go but from there the lead changed at almost every corner. Meanwhile Hunter Ford and Ben Bramich had gone down together and were out of the hunt… And then there were seven… Replacing the two fallers was Oli Bayliss had joined the party and on the final lap started slicing and dicing along with Tayla Relph.
Tom Bramich the leader as the last lap got underway by a nose from Zac Levy and Harry Khouri and Bramich managed to take the win on the line from Khouri while Seth Crump put in a final flyer to take the final step on the rostrum ahead of Simpson, Levy, Bayliss, Relph and Taylor.
Tom Bramich takes the round win on 71-points to extend his championship lead to 19-points over Zac Levy.
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