Aus­tralian His­toric Champs

Scott’s Mo­tor­cy­cles Aus­tralian His­toric Road Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Jim Scaysbrook

The AHRRC re­turned to Tas­ma­nia for the first time since 2011, and while en­tries were down on pre­vi­ous years, the rac­ing was as close as ever. The cir­cuit, with its pair of high speed blasts punc­tu­ated by heavy brak­ing near-stop cor­ners places ex­treme de­mands on ma­chin­ery and the first days of the four day event saw a num­ber of me­chan­i­cal ca­su­al­ties that fur­ther de­pleted fields. How­ever de­spite the at­tri­tion, it was a record­shat­ter­ing week­end, with new marks be­ing set across the board in per­fect rac­ing con­di­tions. The meet­ing was also largely in­ci­dent-free and ran like clockwork, thanks to the hard­work­ing mem­bers of the Tas­ma­nian Mo­tor­cy­cle Club and numer­ous vol­un­teers. The meet­ing was spon­sored by Kawasaki deal­ers Scott’s Mo­tor­cy­cles of Le­gana, and a strong turnout of trade stands plus club dis­plays meant there was plenty to see off-track as well as on. Fit­tingly, the or­gan­is­ers were re­warded with a healthy crowd, par­tic­u­larly on the Sun­day. Rules call for a min­i­mum of ten

so­los and six side­cars to con­sti­tute a Cham­pi­onship, so this re­sulted in some classes run­ning with­out cham­pi­onship sta­tus, but still be­ing keenly con­tested. Vic­to­rian Chas Hern, rid­ing Rex Wolfenden’s well-pre­pared ma­chines was one of the big win­ners at Sym­mons Plains tak­ing a per­fect eight wins from as many starts to grab both For­got­ten Era and New Era Un­lim­ited ti­tles. Teenager Tom Bramich also fielded a per­fect score card to win both Post Clas­sic 500 and For­got­ten Era 500 on Ron Angel’s Pa­ton twins. For­mer World Su­per­stock Cham­pion Bren­don Roberts was un­lucky to miss out on the 500cc Clas­sic ti­tle, suf­fer­ing car­bu­re­tor woes in the open­ing en­counter and win­ning the re­main­ing three. The home crowd had plenty to cheer about in the New Era 750 bat­tle, with Scott Campbell edg­ing out his fa­ther Mal­colm to take the win, both rid­ing Honda RC30s.

TOP Chas Hern: un­touch­able on the T-Rex ma­chines. CEN­TRE LEFT Young Tom Bramich was in great form on the ex­otic Pa­ton twin. LEFT Stylish Bren­don Roberts won three of the four 500cc Clas­sic en­coun­ters. RIGHT Stephen Ward took four wins from four starts on his Arm­strong.

TOP Max Hooper leads Lind­say Donai in one of their Post Clas­sic Side­car en­coun­ters. ABOVE LEFT Greg Watkins took out the Clas­sic 350cc ti­tle on his Manx Nor­ton. ABOVE CEN­TRE For­got­ten Era Side­car win­ners Stephen Jones/David Jones on their Suzuki. ABOVE The spoils.

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