WA road racers head to Collie again for Round 3 of the Consent2Go State Championships on Sunday August 26, a short turnaround from the previous round 2 held 3 weeks ago.
Preview of Round 2: With the temperature hovering just above zero the cream of WA’s road racers braced themselves for a cold but dry day.
The day’s proceedings started with the “Chain Reaction Motorcycles” Clubman class and it was season new comer Luke Carmona (Yamaha R6) who stamped his authority over the field with three dominant wins. He was never really challenged in any of the races and made it a comfortable clean sweep. Lino Mazzali (JHPM CBR 1000RR) like Carmona was untroubled in grabbing three second places for the day. Jason Lockyer (J&M Smash BMW1000) had a fifth and two third places to secure third overall. Jacob Kelsall (Suzuki GSXR600) had a third, fourth and fifth place finishes for fourth place on the day with Nick Favazzo (VRT Yamaha R6) was fifth. Luke moves up to the Supersport class for Round 3, so the battle will be on between another newcomer Lino Mazzali, Nick Favazzo and Jason Lockyer.
A strong field of sidecars with two new younger teams coming into the field this year. Dillan McDermott son of Collie resident and long-time racer Steve McDermott, plus the Marshal brother’s combo, sons of passenger Steve Marshal (Murray Stronach). They have some good mentors around them.
At Round 2 the pairing of Jero Joyce/Corey Blackman (Chamberlain Auto Electrics ZX10) continued on their winning way but not without drama. Before the race even started the pole-sitters Des Harvey/Gary Cushnahan (SLW Transport LCR 1000) went missing on the out lap with a fuel line issue In race one from the start the Joyce/Blackman outfit tried a daring move up the inside into Turn1, only to find that space was filled by Graeme Evans/Jarrod Scott (RHR ZX10) along with Michael Robbins/Karen Dore (Kawasaki 600) – net result three outfits in the sand trap, no injuries and all managed to finish the race. The race was won by Murray Stronach/Steve Marshall (Aceman Enterprises Suzuki 1000) from Dillan McDermott/Paul Matthews (Motowarehouse Kawasaki 1000) with the hard charging Graeme Evans/ Jarrod Scott coming through the field to grab an excellent third place. Joyce/Blackman redeemed themselves with a strong win in the second race ahead of Stronach/Marshall with Des Harvey/ Gary Cushnahan taking third spot after their first race woes. Incidentally this was Cushnahan’s first race back in the chair after he was injured in New Zealand last Christmas/New Year. In the final race it was once again Joyce/Blackman first across the line ahead of Harvey/ Cushnahan with Evans/Scott third. And that was also the way the top three for the round finished.
Championship Points tally so far: Harvey/Cushnahan 113, Evans/Scott 113, Robbins/Dore 98.
Ben Stronach still has a 19-point lead in the Superbikes with 2nd and 3rd place3d riders Adam Senior and Cameron Stronach still within striking distance. The “Consent2Go” Superbike Championship last round saw three different winners on the day. Ben Stronach (VRT Yamaha R1) took the win in race one ahead of the hard charging Joel Beard (HAF Plastering Kawasaki ZX10) with Adam Senior (Senior Engineering Yamaha R1) taking third place. The second race and it was Senior that showed everyone a clean pair of heels as he stormed to victory ahead of Cameron Stronach (Motorcycle Movers Ducati Panigale) with Ben Stronach in third place. The final race saw the younger of the Stronach brothers first across the line winning the final race. The elder Stronach was hampered when he lost the ‘Rear Wheel Sensor, Quickshifter, and Anti- Wheelie Control’ in the final race, and
entertained the crowd with some impromptu wheel stands. Senior was the third bike home. Tim De Bruyn took the honours in the ‘C’ Grade Superbike Series.
Championship Points tally: B Stronach 138, A Senior 119, C Stronach 113, T De Bruyn 91
In the 125GP Championship we saw two old campaigners up against the “New Young Gun” in Callum O’Brien, and it was former State 125GP Champion Tom Hatton (Hatton Racing Honda RS125) who took top honours, with two wins and a second place in the final race. O’Brien (Banhams WA Yamaha TZ125) came away with two second places along with the win in the final race and Colin Boujos (JB Racing Aprilia RSW125) was third with two third placings and a fourth place.
Championship Points Tally: T Hatton 140, S Topping 105, D Manson 97, C Haines 87
In the ‘Cully’s Yamaha Supersport Championship it was three straight wins for Leigh Boujos (JB Racing Yamaha R6) and was simply unbeatable. Brother Tim (Mack1Kawasaki ZX6) took three second places and Josh Mathers (JSM Construction GSXR 600) took three third places. The top three all dipped into the low 46 second lap times. Lachie Hickey (20Four Motorsports Kawasaki ZX6) leads the ‘C’ Grade Championship. Newcomer Luke Carmona featured well in last round and could be a top 5 contender for Round 3.
Championship Points tally: L Boujos 142, T Boujos 125, J Mathers 101
There is a strong battle going on in the Production Class between several young riders, Lachlan Keogh, Callum O’Brien and Bronson Pickett. The Production State Championship saw the championship lead change when Callum O’Brien (Banhams WA Yamaha R3) tumbled out of race 2, he was unhurt, but the bike had some serious damage. Lachlan Keogh (Chain Reaction Motorcycles Kawasaki Ninja 300) was third in the first race and then took two wins. O’Brien made it to the start of race three from pit-lane and forced his way to fourth place by race end. Bronson Pickett (M&B Rubbish Disposal Yamaha R3) was second and Michael King (Yamaha R3) finished the day in third place. A good strong contingent of women riders featured well in Round 2 with Krystal Biffen and season newcomer Brooke Carter leading the charge. Let’s hope we see these girls back for the final two rounds. finishing
Championship Points tally: L Keogh 126, C O’Brien 117, B Pickett 114, C Boujos 91, M King 89
The B Grade Series rae may have a small field but the competition is still fierce. Leigh Boujos (Speedway Industries Yamaha R1) took the ‘B’ Grade race win at Round 2 with Josh Mathers in second from Andrew Biffen (Biff Racing Yamaha R6) in third place. A brief mention to Joel Beard who whilst chasing Leigh Boujos and in second place had a part of his bike fall off and this caused him to run wide into T2 resulting in what looked like being a huge crash. Somehow, he saved it whilst being dragged alongside the right-hand side of his Kawasaki on the dirt all the way to T3 before he managed to pull the bike up and remount and rode slowly back to the pits. Great effort mate very reminiscent of Randy Mamola’s save way back in the ‘90’s.
Series Points tally: L Boujos 50, J Mathers 20, T Teo 20, A Biffen/D Carroll 18, S McHale 17
Round 3 of the MCRCWA will be held at the Collie Motorplex on Sunday 26th August, with the Final round for 2018 on October 21st.
The Collie Circuit is about a two and half hour drive South-East of the Perth CBD, a reasonable day trip. Currently the Motorplex located on Powerhouse Road, just south of the town is under a massive redevelopment with an extension to the short 1.610 metre track expected to be open later this year.
August 26’s day starts with Practice at 9.00am and the first race of 19 events scheduled for 10.45am.
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