Rid­ers put to the test at QLD champs

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

FOUR Whit­sun­day mo­tocross en­thu­si­asts trav­elled to Coolum on the Sun­shine Coast to com­pete in the 2014 Queens­land State Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships on the weekend.

All rid­ers made the most of a prac­tice event on Fri­day be­fore be­ing con­tested over two days of highly com­pet­i­tive rac­ing on Satur­day and Sun­day.

Lo­cal star Ge­or­gia Mur­ray had a very suc­cess­ful weekend fin­ish­ing eighth in the state in the women’s un­lim­ited class. She was rac­ing against Sarah Guthrie, who has re­cently re­turned from com­pet­ing in Europe, and Pa­trice Hearne and Lauren Jones who fin­ished first and sec­ond re­spec­tively at the last year’s event.

Nicki Mur­ray, who was sup­port­ing her daugh­ter Ge­or­gia at the event, said rid­ers com­pet­ing on their home track in Coolum had a ma­jor ad­van­tage as the con­di­tions were noth­ing like the mo­tocross track of Dray’s Park in the Whit­sun­days.

“The track was re­ally deep and very hard go­ing for our lo­cal rid­ers who were not used to those con­di­tions,” she said.

Ge­or­gia crashed twice in both of her last two races which un­for­tu­nately dropped her rank­ing at the event. She said the track was “very de­mand­ing and chal­leng­ing”.

Three other lo­cals also trav­elled to com­pete in Coolum with Wil­son Nor­man plac­ing fifth over­all in the ju­nior light (13 – 14 years) four stroke class.

Ash­ley Nor­man and Ri­ley Nor­man were the other lo­cal lads round­ing out the Whit­sun­day rep­re­sen­ta­tion com­pet­ing at the event.

Many Whit­sun­day rid­ers will be trav­el­ling to Mo­ran­bah this weekend to com­pete in round two of the Cen­tral Queens­land Mo­tocross se­ries.

TRACK CHAL­LENGE: Whit­sun­day res­i­dent Ge­or­gia Mur­ray fin­ished eighth in the state af­ter com­pet­ing at the 2014 QLD Su­per­moto Cham­pi­onship in Coolum on the weekend.

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