In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val gath­ers speed

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The 2018 QBE In­sur­ance In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of Speed will fea­ture a 30th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of the World Superbike Cham­pi­onship, with for­mer win­ners Troy Bayliss and Troy Corser head­lin­ing the stars. Bayliss will bring his cham­pi­onship-win­ning Du­catis, while Corser will be aboard a Suzuki GSX-R1000, built by Steve Wheat­man from spares and iden­ti­cal to the ac­tual ma­chine that re­sides in Corser’s lounge room in his UK home. Ital­ian leg­end Franki Chili will also be Suzuki mounted. An in­no­va­tion for 2018 will be a two-stroke-only race for Pe­riod 4 and 5 bikes from 350cc to 750cc. Jeremy McWil­liams will pilot an RG500 Suzuki, one of sev­eral in the field, while for­mer Aus­tralian cham­pion Marty Crag­gill will be aboard a TZ750 Yamaha. “The in­ter­est in this race has been phe­nom­e­nal,” says or­gan­iser Peter Macmil­lan, “in fact, we look like be­ing over-sub­scribed. In ad­di­tion to the 350 Yama­has that were such a sta­ple of the ‘sev­en­ties and ‘eight­ies, we will have air and wa­ter-cooled Suzuki 500 twins, var­i­ous mod­els of the RG500 Suzuki four, plus quite a few TZ750 Yama­has, with some big names like Jeremy McWil­liams and Steve Par­rish rid­ing. Jeremy is go­ing to be a busy man, as Roger Win­field is also bring­ing a Har­ris Yamaha for him to ride in the Un­lim­ited races, and Troy Corser will be on Rex Wolfenden’s Har­ris Honda. En­tries are very healthy across the board, and we have kept en­try fees the same as they have been for the past two years. The only change will be a slight in­crease in the Thurs­day open prac­tice day, due to in­creased track hire charges.” A very pop­u­lar fea­ture of the 2017 event, the Gala Din­ner at nearby Club Mar­coni at Fair­field will be back, again hosted by Alan Cath­cart and fea­tur­ing in­ter­views with stars of the past. The QBE IFoS takes place at Syd­ney Mo­tor­sport Park on March 22-25. For tick­ets and event info see www.in­ter­na­tion­alfes­ti­val­of­speed.com.au

Old ri­valry will be re­newed with Troy Bayliss and Troy Corser on track again.

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