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