Vet­eran rid­ers land podi­ums at champs

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

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.

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