Veteran riders land podiums at champs
LOCAL motorbike riders Ron Draper and Kev Warren came away with podium finishes after competing in the 2013 Australian Classic and Post Classic Pre 1985 Dirt Track Championships on the weekend.
The two day event was held at the Woodlands Speedway in Temora, New South Wales with more than 180 competitors hitting the track from across the country.
Ken Warren riding his 1978 model Suzuki RM placed third in the Evolution Post Classic Class and also achieved third in the Evolution Solo 125 CC Open Age.
Ron Draper riding his 1972 model Czechoslovakian CZ 400 came away with a second place finish in the Pre-1975 60 Years and Over Class.
Participants competed over five heats followed by the final over the course of the weekend.
Draper, who started racing at the age of 59, said it was a wonderful surprise to achieve a top three finish.
“This was the first time we had competed on an oiled track so it was a similar experience to road racing but was definitely a challenge for all riders,” he said.
“It was a very tight competition and we had to work really hard and it goes to show that even the old guys on classic bikes can produce a high level of competitive racing.”
Warren, who is currently 53-years-old, started riding in his teenage years but stopped competing to have a family, before returning to the track in his late 30’s.
This was the third year both men had competed in the Australian championships, and the first time they both achieved podium finishes.
GREAT CONTEST: Whitsunday motorbike riders Ron Draper and Kev Warren proudly hold their trophies after competing in the 2013 Australian Classic and Post Classic Pre 1985 Dirt Track Championships on the weekend.