Smith Scores Record Win at Cen­tral Coast Cup

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Sports News - By David Smith Sr.

Lo­cal res­i­dent David Smith scored a record-equalling third vic­tory in the 2018 Honda / The Con­struc­tion Team Cen­tral Coast Cup dirt track meet­ing staged at the Allen Park track at Somersby last month..

Fol­low­ing back-to-back wins in 2015 and 2016 the third win for Smith came after a dra­matic con­clu­sion to the two days of rac­ing with both the se­nior and ju­nior Cen­tral Coast Cup deciders were red-flagged after crashes.

The first half of the sched­uled 8-lap se­nior de­cider saw in­au­gu­ral win­ner from 2005 Luke Gough hold­ing off de­fend­ing cham­pion Jarred Brook when Brook hit the back of Gough’s bike and crashed heav­ily. The Queens­lan­der was taken to hospi­tal, but the drama was not over as Kurri rider Macken­zie Childs looked to have vic­tory in the re-run within his grasp when he fell with just over one lap to go and that gifted vic­tory to David Smith ahead Gough with Queens­land teenager Caleb Browne a cred­itable third.

The Ju­nior Cup was not de­void of drama, start­ing with one of the favourites, Vic­to­rian Max Berry forced out of the race when his bike failed at the start­ing line. Har­ri­son Ryan led the race but then hit the fallen bike of an­other com­peti­tor and he too fell caus­ing a stoppage.

In the re-run an­other Kurri club rider Ryan Smith, who had been chas­ing Ryan when he crashed, scored an all-the-way win in ad­vance of club mate Jay­den Rodgers and Queens­lan­der Cal­lan Davies.

Se­nior rac­ing prior to the Cup fi­nale pro­duce high qual­ity ac­tion with Jarred Brook dom­i­nat­ing the rounds of the Pro 250 class and then win­ning the fi­nal of the Pro 450 class, while Luke Gough took out the thrilling Pro Open fi­nal. Jake Farnsworth (Un­der 19s) and Trevor Marsh (Over 35s) were the other se­nior win­ners.

Max Berry, Har­ri­son Ryan and Rory Hutchin­son from Kurri all scored class wins in the 13 to Un­der 16s, while in the younger age brack­ets sev­eral dom­i­nant per­form­ers emerged while the most dom­i­nant per­former of the meet­ing was Al­bury-Wodonga rider Archie McDonald who came out on top in three classes as he was un­beaten in 16 races over the two days.

David do­ing vic­tory lap after the main race

Pho­tos Credit: Glen Smith @ Dark­eye Pho­tog­ra­phy

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