The Ulinga Park track looked awesome – the weather was threatening with thunder rumbling and lightning flashing in the distance. The pits were packed and anticipation was in the air for the action to begin.
With the sky overcast and looking ominous, the Brutum Logistics Quad Championship class were first to test out the track for qualifying – times were fast with Luke Gaisford setting the fastest time and Chris Bosnakis 1 sec behind. This set the scene for the day! However with Luke Gaisford suffering bike problem in the sprint round and then not starting the final round, the day finished with Chris making a clean sweep of the round in first place. After a countback, Joel Mortimer took 2nd place from Blake Croonen.
With the lightning and heavy clouds moving in, the 28 Veterans/Masters Championship Classes thundered down the track. Young Veteran, Ben Hothersall held off Masters leader James Craig all day long with Scott Petricevich in hot pursuit. At the end of the day James Craig took 1st place for the Masters Championship from Trevor Unstead in 2nd and Marc Payne in 3rd.
The Veterans Championship was won by Ben Hothersall from Scott Petricevich and Paul Smithson in 3rd place after another countback. It was great to see the good numbers and these classes sit out the next round but will be back in Round 4 at Bunbury on 22nd July.
The Amateur Cup riders lined up and were the first class to be rained upon but this did not deter the 19 riders. Racing was fast and close! Riders had their ups and downs throughout the day with Jaxon Turner taking the day’s win from Cheyne Speak in 2nd and Clint Cardy in 3rd place. These boys will be back at the next round at Lightweight MCC on 24th June.
Numbers were down at this round, but 47 riders went into qualifying for the Motul/Pirelli MX2 Championship all guns blazing. we saw full grids for both the Championship Class and the Repecharge Class. There was action aplenty all day long with some of the leaders crashing but making huge comebacks throughout the races and some did not finish races at all. In the end, young Mat Fabry took the day from Mitchell Outram and Codey Rowe finishing in 3rd place. This has shaken up the Championship points!
MX2 Repecharge – with numbers down for this round, 7 riders took to the track and had a ball. Mixed fortunes all round throughout the day but in the end with consistent results, Zayde Graham took the win from Bradley Woodhead 4 points behind in 2nd place and rounding out the podium – Adam Barnett in 3rd place.
In the Cullys Yamaha Women’s Championship – only 13 ladies lined up on the gates partly due to some injuries. We were treated to an awesome display of racing – these girls don’t mess around. Tahlia O’Hare was impressive to take the overall win, Chelsea Blakers took 2nd place – 2 points ahead of Kara Cats in 3rd place. After 2 rounds there is still only 27 points separating 1st through to 5th place.
There were battles aplenty all day long in the Planet Honda MX1 Championship – the leaders swapping back and forth – crashes galore – no one knew who was going to come out on top. David Birch & Michael Mahon continued their battle royale but were kept on their toes with talented riders – Stevie Heilers. Charlie Creech, Liam Whisler, Brett Norton to name a few, mixing it up in the fast & furious racing. As the day wore on, the race times got faster as the track dialled in. At the end of the day David Birch took 1st place, Charlie Creech in 2nd place and Michael Mahon with 3rd place. With only 6 points separating 1st to 3rd for the day – action is definitely heating up.
The Series will now have a 9 week hiatus and then head to Lightweight MCC for Round 3 on 24th June, where the battles & the action will continue.
So entries are open – don’t miss out!
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