The MCRCWA headed to Collie Motorplex on Sunday October 13th for the Penultimate round of the 2019 Hydroquip State Road Racing Championships. There was plenty of action on this new long track – the first time for many.
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ROUND 4 OF THE 2019 HYDROQUIP STATE ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS
AT COLLIE MOTORPLEX Sunday October 13.
All in all it was a great weekend of motorcycle action at the Collie Motorplex, with Trakdayz running on Saturday and the MCRCWA taking to the new 'Long Track' for the first time competitively on the Sunday. Trakdayz offered a special deal to all riders entered for Rd 4, and a good number took up the offer to get a bit of extra practice.
The weather for race day was a bit of a mixed bag with cool overcast conditions to start the day gradually worsening as the day progressed until light rain hit just after 2.00pm, but this didn’t hinder two lap records being set for the new long track – Current Superbike Lap record being set at 1:09.5060 by Cameron Stronach (Ducati 1198) and for the Production bikes 1:19.8100 set by Michael King (KTM 390)
The Clubman Series kicked off the day's proceeding and the first race went the way of Joshua Mathers(JSM Constructions Yamaha FZR1029), with Michael King(Brandsense Triumph Daytona 675) in second spot ahead of the fast finishing Leslie McGrath(Quantum Electrical & Technical Solutions Yamaha R6). Mathers was not riding for points which saw King elevated to first spot in the points tally, McGrath to second and Jeff Cameron (Razor Racing Honda CBR 1000) into third spot. In race 2 King and McGrath again took the top two spots but this time it was Nick Favazzo (Relines Australia Yamaha R6) filling the minor place on the podium. Favazzo finished race 1 in ninth place after a fall. Race 3 was a repeat of the second race, with many riders opting not to start due to the wet weather and lack of wet weather tyres.
The Production Championship saw Bronson Pickett (Red Frog Yamaha YZF R3) continue his dominance early on the day before his colours were finally lowered in the final race. The first race saw him win in convincing fashion with a 3 second lead from second placed Michael King (Surnatio KTM RC390) with Adam Parsons (Kawasaki Ninja 300) in third spot. Race 2 and it was the same three riders who finished in the same order with Pickett again winning but by just .200 of a second with Parsons again third 14 seconds in arrears. The final race and the same riders were again at the pointy end but this time it was Michael King that greeted the chequered flag 2.3 seconds ahead of Pickett with Parsons third 13 seconds in arrears. Special mention should go to two young ladies in Hannah Stewart and Lara Marais who both had an excellent meeting. Stewart was having her first race meeting on her new R3 after a season racing with the juniors in the BanhamsWA junior State Championships and Marais was having her first race meeting since November 2016. Well done to both girls.
Overall Production Championship Points Tally: B Pickett 295, C Boujos 214, K Harrison 188, M King 180, P Browne 174, M Sita 150, I Fryer-Smith 131, A Parsons 108.
The 'B' Grade Series saw Leigh Boujos(JB Racing BMW S1000RR) continue his dominance with yet another commanding win over younger brother Tim Boujos(JB Racing Kawasaki Ninja ZX6) by 14 seconds over the six lap journey, with third place rider Glenn Lowe( Dynapumps Yamaha R1) a further 2 seconds back.
Overall Series Points Tally: L Boujos 100, G Lower 70, N Fraser 65, S McHale 59, K Harrison 52.
In the Cully's Yamaha Supersport Championship it was young gun Callum O'Brien (Registered Painters PL Kawasaki ZX6) that took three strong wins ahead of Tim Boujos in the first race it was by 1.3 seconds in the second race by 7 seconds with Championship leader Tommy King (Mosman Bay Luxury Homes Yamaha R6) third on each occasion. In the final race on a damp track it was again O'Brien and Boujos at the head of the field but in third place this time was Bronson Pickett (Silkolene Oils Yamaha R6). Tommy King finished the third race in seventh place after crashing on the second last lap, but still gaining valuable championship points. New Fastest Lap time in Supersport went to Tim Boujos 1:11.4010.
Overall Supersport Championship Points Tally: T King 250, T Boujos 224, C O’Brien 215, B Pickett 201, A Biffen 191, L Hickey 187, J Boujos 159, T Teo 135, J Kelsall 133, N Favazzo 123.
C Grade Supersport Overall tally: B Pickett 254, A Biffen 249, L Hickey 240, J Boujos 197, J Kelsall 172, T Teo 170, N Favazzo 162.
The Hydroquip Superbike Championship threw up an unexpected round winner in Cameron Stronach (Motorcycle Movers Ducati Panigale1198) who took three strong wins. In the first two races in overcast conditions it was Leigh Boujos that finished strongly behind the younger Stronach with elder brother Ben Stronach (Dynapumps Yamaha R1) taking two third places. In the final race on a damp track the elder brother elevated himself into second spot with teammate Glenn Lowe (Dynapumps Yamaha R1) in third place. Leigh Boujos after two strong second places finished the third race in sixth place when his visor fogged up and his vision was severely restricted. Adam Senior showed good pace in morning practice sessions but struck problems in race 1 with a DNF and couldn’t keep with the front runners in races 2 or 3.
Overall Championship Points tally: B Stronach 274, C Stronach 248, L Boujos 219, M Price 182, G Lowe 174, J Beard 167.
In the C Grade SBK Series Sean McHale took out the round win on 70 pts from Kenric Ebsary on 65 and Neil Fraser on 52 Points. Season newcomer Kavana van der Merwe was looking good with a 4th and 3rd overall in the C Grade Series but a DNF in the final race saw him drop down in the points standing.
Overall C Grade Superbike Series Points tally: N Fraser 242, S McHale 223, T DeBruyn 215, K Ebsary 172, J Cameron 109.
The Sidecar State Championship was light on with many outfits in a container ready to head to NZ for the Christmas Tri-Series but those who attended put on some excellent racing. As has been the case all season Dillan McDermott/Paul Matthews put in another outstanding effort winning all three races ahead of Graeme Evans/Jarrod Scott who were the winners at Rd6 of the ASBK at Phillip Island just a week prior to our event. In the first two races the veteran pairing of Murray Stronach/Steve Marshall took the minor places. In the final race McDermott and Evans again finished first and second with Phil Brown/David Gardiner took third in trying conditions. For the round placings it was McDermott/Matthews 75pts, Evans/Scott 60, Stronach/Marshall 51 and Onesti/Fleming 50pts.
Current Lap record for Sidecars (long track) is 1:14.2110 set on 21/07/19 by Dillan McDermott
Overall Sidecar Championship Points tally: McDermott/Matthews 260pts, Evans/Scott 232, Stronach/Marshall 208, Robbins/Dore 183, Joyce/Blackman 138.
FINAL ROUND FOR 2019
Barbagallo Sunday NOVEMBER 24
MCRCWA’S Awards & Presentation Night 2019
to be held at the Clubrooms
Saturday 30th November from 4.30pm.