Phillip Is­land Clas­sic

Phillip Is­land Clas­sic 26-28 Jan­uary 2018 – Phillip Is­land GP Cir­cuit, Vic

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Jim Scays­brook Pho­tos Rus­sell Colvin, An­drew Gosling, Jim Scays­brook

The 25th run­ning of the AMCN Is­land Clas­sic de­liv­ered some of the best rac­ing in the event’s his­tory in front of a healthy crowd on a scorch­ing hot week­end. Af­ter three years of dom­i­na­tion by the UK team, Aus­tralia fi­nal wres­tled back the MV Agusta In­ter­na­tional Chal­lenge Tro­phy with a score of 685 points to 654, with the USA side to­talling 465 and New Zealand 319. Hero of the day was David ‘Davo’ John­son on Tom Der­mody’s Suzuki KR69, with a freshly-built 180 horse­power Bir­rell GSX en­gine de­liv­er­ing the goods. Top in­di­vid­ual scorer John­son suf­fered tyre woes in the first and 4th heats, but took con­vinc­ing wins in the other two, each time from the ever-con­sis­tent Jeremy McWil­liams who won the other two races. The US side would have done bet­ter had the im­pres­sive Ja­son Prid­more not blown an en­gine in heat three, with Jake Zemke suf­fer­ing a sim­i­lar fate in the last race. Star im­port Colin Ed­wards showed flashes of bril­liance but also had var­i­ous me­chan­i­cal woes to cope with. For­mer World Superbike cham­pion Troy Corser showed he still knew his way around the is­land with three top six plac­ings, but was

forced to start from pit lane in heat three which cost him dear. The sup­port­ing events pro­vided some thrilling ac­tion and stand­out per­for­mances. Cameron Don­ald, rid­ing the newly-built Godet Vin­cent 500 owned by Luis Galur, trounced the Clas­sic 500 field with four straight wins, with vet­eran Bob Rosen­thal bring­ing his G50 Match­less home sec­ond. Now a sea­soned in­ter­na­tional, Levi Day took three of the four New Era 250 races in fine style, while Mur­ray Seabrook re­turned a per­fect card in the 250 Post Clas­sic and Lach­lan Hill did like­wise in the 250cc For­got­ten Era. Con­tin­u­ing his form at the Aus­tralian ti­tles in Goul­burn, Aaron Mor­ris was un­trou­bled to take out the New Era 1300. Per­haps the man of the meet­ing was Beau Beaton, who scored 126 of the Aus­tralian team’s points on the Irv­ing Vin­cent, won all four legs of the Un­lim­ited Post Clas­sic, and with Noel Beare in the chair, won the For­got­ten Era Side­car class as well. With 190 points, Beau took out the Phil Irv­ing me­mo­rial Tro­phy from twotime win­ner Mur­ray Seabrook on 183 points, with Lach­lan Hill and Levi Day ty­ing for third place on 175. Grand prix leg­end Gi­a­como Agos­tini was back at Phillip Is­land for the fourth time, bring­ing with him four MV Agus- tas from var­i­ous pe­ri­ods of GP his­tory. As well as demon­strat­ing the ma­chines on track, Ago was in con­stant de­mand sign­ing au­to­graphs and be­ing in­ter­viewed by Alan Cath­cart.

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Top scorer for Aus­tralia, South Aus­tralian David John­son. Paul Ker­lin with the Honda CR750 replica he cre­ated from the CB750 he has owned since 1973. Troy Corser fin­ished equal third over­all in the in­di­vid­ual stand­ings with 139points. (Photo Rus­sell...

Aaron Mor­ris was top dog in the New Era 1300 class. Cam Don­ald gave the French-built Vin­cent Grey Flash a win­ning de­but. A big thank you to our friends at Royal En­field who sup­plied the edi­tor with a Clas­sic 500 for the week­end. Phillip Is­land is a big...

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