Day Four kicked off with another sunny yet windy day in the valley of the Blackwood Motorsport Park with the track crew working continuously through the night to prepare the track to much better conditions for the competitors for the day of qualifying,
The track had plenty more lines today and held up quite well only beginning to get a little dry and dusty for the last 3-4 events of the day. With a last-minute program change for the 50cc class to be moved to later in the day shows signs of a potential deep rip tonight and heavy water!
65cc 9-U11 qualifying Seth Shackleton, Kayden Minear & Jake Rumens
The WA boys taking the circuit by storm in qualifying early on with Kayden Minear topping the times with a 2:12.867 followed by only 0.738 was Seth Shackleton leaving both WA boys 1-2 for the qualifying positions with Jake Rumens coming through the field to secure a top 10 finish in 9th place with a time of 2:20.937
85cc 9-U12 qualifying Seth Shackleton, Kayden Minear & Jake Rumens
A tough class for the boys having 2 groups of riders to narrow down to a 40-start grid with 44 riders entered in the class. All the boys making a strong statement that they will be up in the top end of the field , with Seth Shackleton coming through in his group with the 2nd fastest lap time for the group of 2:08.198 just 0.063 shy of 1st. Then Kayden Minear followed coming through his group to hold down 4th place with a 2:09.420 with a 2.633 second gap to 1st position. Jake Rumens finished his session with a 13th positon with a time of 2:19.680
Kayden Minear took to his first heat with a strong start pushing forward into 2nd positon early but on the closing laps was relegated back to 3rd positon by the chequered flag.
Seth Shackleton would launch out of the gates to complete the first 2 laps in the lead before moving back just one positon to finish his heat with a 2nd place. Jake Rumens was able to fight through the conditions and competitors to hold down a solid 11th place finish.
85cc 12-U14 Liam Atkinson & Camball McMahon
Another tough class for the boys having to qualify for the top 40 to make a shot at the finals, again both boys looking super confident at strong results with Atkinson coming through with an 8th fastest lap time in his group of 2:06.064 and McMahon able to come across the line to hold down 8th in his group also with a time of 2:08.831
125cc 15yrs Regan Duffy, Rhys Burnett, Corben Weinert & Jarrod Payne
There was some crazy speed, style and talent showcased in this class taking full advantage of the deep rutted track had the boys take to the track at what seemed like the perfect time of day. Regan Duffy would prove to be the man to beat with a solid lap time of 1:53.016 and able to keep within one second of that every lap. Corben Weinert was able to finish the session with a 1:58.178 holding down 7th place while Rhys Burnett would settle with 13th with a time of 2:01.248. Jarrod Payne coming to grips with the technical track salvaging 28th position in the group.
250cc 15yrs Regan Duffy, Rhys Burnett, Corben Weinert & Jarrod Payne
This class was almost a mirror image of the 125cc qualifying with once again Regan Duffy topping the field with a time of 1:51.352 followed by Corben Weinert again in 7th position with a 1:55.851. Rhys Burnett would have a slight drop in pace from the 125 to settle with 17th position at 2:00.415 with Jarrod Payne in 30th position at 2:14.972
The track is crazy technical with deep ruts steep hills and big jumps which is a massive learning curve for me and struggling to come to grips with the ruts most of all, happy to come away with 8th in qualifying and hope to be able to get through my heats in a strong position to put me in the finals in a good spot. I’m hoping to get out of the gates with a strong start hopeful of a holeshot as I think it will be key to keeping my top 10 championship finish alive. The track is very similar to Byford and Chidlow when it gets to later in the day but early on there isn’t much I can compare it to with the deep ruts it’s something totally new to me but with more and more laps I hope to adapt to the track and have them sorted out.
Motorcycling Australia Qualifying Day Report HERE
WA Team Manager-Luke Davis #14
Seth Shackleton 65cc
Jake Rumens 65cc
Brock Flynn 85cc (Injured)
Corben Weinert 125cc
Rhys Burnett 250cc
Kayden Minear 85cc class
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Today's Results from My Laps: https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1598786
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Thanks to WA Team Manager, Luke Davis and the parent's for keeping us updated daily and sending through photos.