Fun and fast ac­tion hit track

Pilbara News - - PILBARA SPORT - Kate Tay­lor

The much-an­tic­i­pated round 3 of the BMX North West Su­per Se­ries was held at the Kar­ratha BMX Club at the week­end.

Af­ter a year of in­ten­sive in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and main­te­nance, the club was look­ing its best with a new can­teen, a widened and sealed third cor­ner, a metic­u­lously main­tained track, a re­mod­elled mar­shalling area, a raised view­ing plat­form and a fam­ily-friendly grassed seat­ing area.

The week­end be­gan with a non­scor­ing fun night on Fri­day when riders from other clubs could fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the track, prac­tise their skills and meet fel­low com­peti­tors.

Along with riders from Port Hed­land, New­man and Tom Price, some BMXers even made the trip north from Perth.

With 103 Kar­ratha en­trants, the club was well-rep­re­sented across the board, from mini-wheel­ers through to the pro classes.

In a vastly male-dom­i­nated sport, it was good to see so many women par­tic­i­pat­ing, with 22 Kar­ratha girls rep­re­sent­ing the club, in­clud­ing four who rode dual classes. The girls dom­i­nated on their home track, with Kar­ratha riders tak­ing out the top hon­ours in the 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 13-an­dun­der mixed cruiser classes.

To con­clude the night, the promen put on an amazing show, with many tout­ing it the best race ever seen on the Kar­ratha BMX track.

In a nail­bit­ing race, Wan­neroobased Dy­lan Ben­netts took out first place in front of Kar­ratha lo­cals Cal­lum Kirk­wood and Ry­ley Hinch­cliffe.

Kirk­wood recorded the event’s fastest track time of 31.841sec.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Kasper God­frey hap­pily rides down a hill.

Joseph Gem­mola leads Wil­liam Gethin in ju­nior men’s.

Mini-wheeler Kar­alee McLean.

Oliver Sch­ef­fler in the six-year-old sprocket boys’ event.

Alan Kurilowski leads the se­nior cruis­ers.

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