Dan Stauffer raids WA Superbike Title on BMW S 1000 RR
Dan Stauffer has wrapped up the WA Superbike Championship with a round to spare. After a successful round four last weekend at Wanneroo Raceway the 34-year old has amassed an unassailable lead to clinch the Title before the September 25 finale.
The achievement marks BMW’s first championship success on Australian soil, but surely not the last with Glen Allerton and Linden Magee comprehensively leading the national ASBK Superbike & ProStock 1000 categories.
“It has been an amazing season,” said Daniel “The S 1000 RR is a magnificent motorcycle with dynamic performance and balance. Winning every race of the series has been brilliant and although I have secured the title I will be going all out in the final round”.
Auto Classic’s Jonas Goulden was ecstatic with the result. “Unbelievable. We knew the S 1000 RR was a fantastic motorcycle but to secure the title with a round still to go is well, unbelievable. As well as a great motorcycle we have a great team and all praise goes to Dan Stauffer whose ability and professional attitude has been rewarded,” said Peter.
BMW Motorrad Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Tony Sesto was excited by Stauffer’s performance. “A fantastic effort by Dan to claim the WA title, the first by the S 1000 R in Australia. The S 1000 RR has made its mark around the world and it is exciting for us to see the first Australian title” said Tony.
Stauffer clinched the Steel Blue Superbike Championship by taking 11 wins from 11 starts this season. In each race he was in front by the first turn and was never headed, winning the first by 3.3 seconds from Jamie Boland (Weld West Kawasaki ZX-10) and Ralph Mammoliti (Causeway Kawasaki ZX-10).
Going into the second race the championship was still very much alive, but with Boland losing the front going into the ‘Basin’ on the second lap Stauffer was able to relax just a little winning by 5.2 seconds from Mammoliti and Cameron Stronach (Wattsy’s Motorsport BMW S1000RR).
With Boland starting from the rear of the grid on a borrowed machine all Stauffer had to do was win, and he did it in style by 4. 5seconds from Mammoliti and Adam Senior (Silkolene Honda CBR 1000) third. Boland finished in 8th place. With just three races remaining Stauffer has an unassailable 84 point lead over second placed Mammoliti with Cameron Stronach third, just one point behind.
Current Steel blue Superbike Championship Points standing:
1st Daniel Stauffer 275pts
2nd Ralph Mammoliti 191
3rd Cameron Stronach 190
4th Jamie Boland 187
5th Ben Stronach 169
6th Adam Senior 166
The Steel Blue ‘B’ Grade Series saw twenty riders lined up and when the lights went out it was the trio of Andrew Schrape (Industrial People BMW S1000RR), Shane Martin (Albany Kawasaki ZX-10) and Lubomir Safranek (Dynapumps Honda CBR 1000) who got away at the front of the field. Series leader Safranek unlike previous rounds was unable to make up the gap to first place, and after a number of lead swaps it was Schrape who won the six lap race from Safranek and Martin. Safranek now leads the Series by 10 points (total 95pts) with one race left to decide the title, second is Schrape (85pts) with Martin third on 71 points and Mark Gill just 1 point down on 70. .
In the WesTrac Supersport Championship incorporating the Superstock Series, Christan Casella (AARK Electrics Triumph 675) returned from his wildcard entry in the UK Supersport race and continued where he left off at the conclusion of the second round with another three runaway wins. Mason Coote (Wattsy’s Motorsport Yamaha R6) was determined to retain his lead in the Championships but unfortunately crashed out of the first race and after some hard work by his team he was rewarded with two second places in the remaining races with brother Aaiden (Motorcycle Pitstop CBR 600) third in each of the races. Josh Trigwell (Happydayz Camper Hire Yamaha R6) took second spot in the first race, along with a fifth and fourth places.
WesTrac Supersport Championship Points standing:
1st Christan Casella 203pts
2nd Mason Coote 184
3rd Josh Trigwell 169
4th Jack Coyle 160
In the Superstock Series racing was fierce and at the days end it was Nigel Lloyd (JB Racing Kawasaki 600) who took two wins and a second, with Mark Donnelly (OnlineInduction.com R6) scoring his first win in the class this season followed by a second and a fourth with seventeen year old Jarrad Gardner in third spot with two seconds and a third. Overall Lloyd leads the series with 251 points from Donnelly on 200 and Gardner third on 153 points.
In the Fastline 125GP Championship leader Tom Hatton extends his lead over Sam Clarke with three wins; Clarke scored three second places and Ben Millington three third places. Hatton now has 225 points, a 49 point lead over Clarke with Max Doughty third on 152 points. In the Formula 2 Series Iain Scott took three wins from Tina Davis, Scott now has 225 points with Davis on 170 points.
Armadale Rental Cars Sidecar Championship Des Harvey/Geoff Jackson was too good for the rest of the field notching three wins. Trevor Clyma/Paul Brider chased them hard but had to settle for the runner-up spot in each race, and newcomer’s father and son, Steve and Dillon McDermott on the ex-Walker brother’s outfit took three third places in their debut meeting. Harvey/Jackson have 260 points, second are Clyma/Brider on 235 with Graeme Evans/Rob Clarke are third on 129 points.
Clubman 600 Series sponsored by Industrial People saw newcomer Jarrad Woodland land a double from Mike Edgecombe with two second places and Albany’s Tammie Martin took two third places.
The Clubman 1000 which is also sponsored by Industrial People saw Colin Cameron (Causeway Rider Training Suzuki 1000) notch up two wins to secure the round win, with Clayton Cowling (Marley’s Transport Honda 1000) took a pair of second placings and Mick Moralee Snr took two third places. Veteran racer Frank Gibbins (Kitchen Décor Kawasaki ZX-10) secured fourth overall.
The final event of the day was the Club Handicap which was won by the rear of field starter Aaiden Coote from John Middleton, Mike Edgecombe, Ian Cole and Marty Mott rounded out the top five.
The final round of the championship will be held on the 25th September with practice from 9.00am and racing from 11.45am.