Sunday 21st October saw the running of the final round of the four rounds Consent2go State Road Racing Championships held at the Collie Motorplex in rural WA. The weather gods took pity on us and despite the forecast being for intermittent showers, there was only a couple of very light sprinkles of rain throughout the day.
The Consent2go State Superbike Championship was hard fought and despite having a small field the racing was dynamic. Ben Stronach (VRT Signs Yamaha R1) had built a solid point’s buffer in the previous three rounds, with seven wins from nine races and never finishing off the podium. As the racing began it was the older Stronach that shot to the lead but by the end of the second lap he had been passed by his brother Cameron and settled for a comfortable third place, behind Joel Beard (HAF Plastering Kawasaki ZX10).The second race saw Cameron Stronach (Motorcycle Movers Ducati Panigale) repeat the dose with Ben Stronach and Beard swapping places. In the final race of the year Ben restored his pride with a solid win from Beard with Cameron in third spot. Cameron Stronach won the round with 68 points from Ben Stronach on 63 points and Beard on 58 points. Tim de Bruyn (Razor Racing Kawasaki ZX10) was the winner of the ‘C’ Grade Series with 75 points.
The final placing’s in the 2018 State Superbike Championship were Ben Stronach 1st 276 points, 2nd
Cameron Stronach 241 points 3rd Joel Beard 191points, 4th Tim De Bruyn 188, 5th Rob Connaughton 182 and Adam Senior #77 173pts. (Senior did not participate in the Final Rd). ‘C’ Grade Series Champion was Tim de Bruyn with 258 points from Rob Connaughton and Jason Lockyer.
The Cully’s Yamaha State Supersport Championship was the domain of Leigh Boujos (JB Racing Yamaha R6) he was only beaten once in 12 races and in all probability but for a misunderstanding following a back to back race situation he was not allowed to leave pit exit to form up on the grid, he would have won that race as well but managed to finish fourth. That solitary race was won by his younger
brother Tim Boujos (PANIK Race Leathers Kawasaki ZX6). Tim finished second overall for the season with Josh Mathers Racing #777 (JSM Construction Suzuki GSXR600) third overall. The round win went to Leigh
Boujos with 75 points, second was Mathers on 57 points and third was Tim Boujos with 54 points.
Final Points Tally in Supersport State Championship 1st was Leigh Boujos with 292 points, 2nd Tim Boujos 232 points, 3rd Josh Mathers 214 points followed by Lachlan Hickey, Nick Favazzo and Luke Carmona. The ‘C’ Grade Supersport Champion was Lachlan Hickey (20FourMotorsports Kawasaki ZX6) followed by Luke Carmona, Nick Favazzo and Jakob Kelsall.
In the State Sidecar Championship defending Champions Jero Joyce/ Corey Blackman (Rick Hanger Racing F1 Sidecar Team Kawasaki ZX10) had their colours lowered despite taking two wins in the final round. Des Harvey/Tony Keogh (SLW Transport Pty Ltd LCR 1000) took the other win along with two second places and Graeme Evans /Jarrod Scott (Rick Hanger Racing Kawasaki ZX10) took three solid third places.
Joyce/Blackman won the round with 70 points, second was Harvey/Keogh with 65 points and third was Evans/Scott with 54 points.
Final Points Tally in the race for the State Championship 1st was Evans/Scott with 232 points, 2nd Harvey/Keogh& Menmuir/Cushnahan with 211 points and 3rd were Joyce/Blackman with 207 points. The fact that Joyce/Blackman missed the first round certainly cost them the chance to go back to back State Titles.
The State Production Championship was fiercely contested all season between Callum O'Brien, Bronson Pickett #15, Ian Fryer-Smith, Leslie McGrath and several other riders, and going into the final round O’Brien (Banhams WA Yamaha R3) held a comfortable point’s buffer over his nearest rival Pickett. But racing can be a funny/fickle game and after topping the time sheets in the first practice O’Brien’s machine would not start again forcing him out of the days racing and costing him a State Championship. Pickett (M&B waste disposal / rubbish removals Yamaha R3) rode three start-to-finish races to secure his first-round win. McGrath (Quantum Electrical Yamaha R3) took a second and two third places for second on the day and Ian Fryer-Smith (Michael Whyte Motorcycles Albany Yamaha R3) took a second, third and fourth for third on the day.
Final Points Tally in the Production State Championship was Bronson Pickett 1st with 249 points, 2nd was Fryer-Smith with 194 points and 3rd was Callum O’Brien on 192 points.
Despite poor numbers in the 125GP State Championship, the final two rounds didn’t score points in the Championship due to insufficient numbers Tom Hatton (Hatton Racing Honda RS 125) amassed 140 points in the first two rounds and could have added another state title to his name had there been numbers to support another round. Scott Topping (STR Honda RS 125) was the runner-up.
The Clubman Class with combined 600 and 1000c machines produced great racing over the entire season
and the final round was no exception. Chris Fitzgerald (Waterboyz Plumbing & Gas Yamaha R1) took the round win just ahead of Jason Lockyer (J&M Smash Repairs BMW 1000) with Nick Favazzo (Velocity Race Team Yamaha R6) third. Over the season Favazzo notched up the higher number of results from Jason Lockyer and newcomer Lino Mazzali who was out of Clubman for the final round having won the previous round.
Leigh Boujos won the ‘B’ Grade Series with a perfect score of 75 points from three rounds.
The MCRCWA would like to thank all the competitors and volunteers that supported the 4-round series at the Collie circuit in 2018 producing some great racing both on solo and sidecars.
Words & Images John Innes