Trans-Tasman battle all set for International Island Classic


Phillip Island will welcome the 2019 International Island Classic over the January 25-27 weekend, with not just the International Challenge, but also the epic Trans-Tasman battle for the FIM Oceanic Historic Road Race Cup.

The format has been revamped by organisers from FIM Oceania and the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit for 2019, designed to create greater parity, more opportunity for all class riders, and a tougher spirit of competition between the nations.

FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup Unlimited Forgotten Era
FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup Forgotten Era

The title will now be fought out across four classes: 350cc Forgotten Era, 500cc Forgotten Era, Unlimited Forgotten Era and 500cc New Era. Forgotten Era bikes were built between 1973 and 1982, and New Era from 1983 to 1990.

The maximum number of riders that can qualify will be three from each country in each class. Upon completion of the qualifying sessions the closest lap times will be matched between three NZ and three Australian riders for each class.

Fergus Cameron – Managing Director of the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

“The new format of the competition gives the club racer the chance to compete for their country and really creates a competition of true parity. And let’s face it – Australia and New Zealand love a friendly competition. There’ll be six spots in each class available via our 2019 qualification method, three for Aussies and three for New Zealand. Spots won’t necessarily go to the rider who sets the fastest time, but the group of riders that set final qualifying times in the closest proximity to another.”

FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup New Era
FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup Forgotten Era

The New Zealand and Australian teams will be announced Friday evening and all points accumulated by each team member over racing on Saturday and Sunday will be tallied to make the final team score.

Glen Williams – FIM Oceania President

‘’FIM Oceania is very excited to be holding the FIM Oceanic Historic Road Race Cup at the International Island Classic. This is a world class event and brings together a wide range of amazing bikes and riders from around the world. The battle between the Aussies and Kiwis will be closer than ever this year. It will be handlebar to handlebar and racing not to be missed.’’


2019 International Island Classic tickets

The 26th International Island Classic, presented by Visit Phillip Island, is the perfect Australia Day getaway without breaking the bank. A three-day adult ticket for the January 25-27 event, is just $82 purchased in advance, and free for children 15 and under (accompanied by a full-paying adult). You can camp at the circuit for four nights for just over $20 per night (with kids once again free) which is a bargain in anyone’s language.

Add it up and you can have a four-day weekend away, with four nights of on-circuit camping, and three days entry to one of the world’s great historic bike meets for the grand total of just $164* per adult and you can bring your kids for free!

Tickets for the largest historic bike meet in the Southern Hemisphere, the 26th International Island Classic, presented by Visit Phillip Island on January 25-27, are available on islandclassic.com.au or at the gate.

*All prices quoted are advance tickets which end midday Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Buy advance and save. Gate ticket prices are additional.


26th International Island Classic

Event Schedule

25th – 27th January 2019

Island Classic

Friday 25th January 2019
9:00 amStart
 Q1Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic15 min
 Q2250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannons Insurance 350 Classic15 min
 Q3500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic15 min
 Q4Unlimited Forgotten Era – Odds15 min
 Q5Unlimited Forgotten Era – Evens15 min
 Q6Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic15 min
 Q7Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 75015 min
 Q8350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic15 min
 Q9Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic15 min
 Q10International Challenge – Slowest 50%8 min
 Q11International Challenge – Fastest 50%8 min
 Q12250 New Era & 250 New Era Production15 min
 Q13Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 130015 min
 Q14500 New Era15 min
E1*Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic4 Laps
E2*250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannons Insurance 350 Classic4 Laps
E3*500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic4 Laps
E4*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Premier4 Laps
E5*Unlimited Forgotten Era  – Minor4 Laps
Q15International Challenge – Slowest 50%8 min
Q16International Challenge – Fastest 50%8 min
E6*Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic4 Laps
E7*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 7504 Laps
5:00 pmFinish 
* Points awarded toward the Phil Irving Perpetual trophy

 

Island Classic

Saturday 26th January 2019
9:00 amStart
E8*350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic4 Laps
E9*Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic4 Laps
E10*250 New Era & 250 New Era Production4 Laps
E11*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 13004 Laps
E12*500 New Era4 Laps
E13*Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic5 Laps
E14*250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannon’s Insurance 350 Classic5 Laps
E15*500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic5 Laps
E16*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Premier5 Laps
E17*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Minor5 Laps
D1Demonstration Lap2 Laps
E18International Challenge 6 Laps
E19*Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic5 Laps
E20*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 7505 Laps
E21*350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic5 Laps
E22*Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic5 Laps
E23*250 New Era & 250 New Era Production5 Laps
E24*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 13005 Laps
E25*500 New Era5 Laps
D2Demonstration Lap2 Laps
E26International Challenge 6 Laps
E27*Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic4 Laps
E28*250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannons Insurance 350 Classic4 Laps
E29*500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic4 Laps
E30*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Premier4 Laps
5.00pmFinish
* Points awarded toward the Phil Irving Perpetual trophy

 

Island Classic

Sunday 27th January 2019
9:00 amStart
E31*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Minor4 Laps
E32*Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic4 Laps
E33*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 7504 Laps
E34*350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic4 Laps
E35*Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic4 Laps
E36*250 New Era & 250 New Era Production4 Laps
E37*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 13004 Laps
E38*500 New Era4 Laps
D3Demonstration2 Laps
E39International Challenge 6 Laps
E40*Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic5 Laps
E41*250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannon’s Insurance 350 Classic5 Laps
E42*500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic5 Laps
E43*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Premier5 Laps
E44*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Minor5 Laps
E45*Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic5 Laps
E46*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 7505 Laps
E47*350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic5 Laps
ParadeShannons Insurance Parade Lap1 Lap
E48International Challenge 6 Laps
E49*Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic5 Laps
E50*250 New Era & 250 New Era Production5 Laps
E51*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 13005 Laps
E52*500 New Era5 Laps
5.00pmFinish
* Points awarded toward the Phil Irving Perpetual trophy

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