O’brien jumps at bril­liant op­por­tu­nity in Aus­tralia

Fingal Independent - - SPORT -

JUST prior to the fi­nal round of the Aus­tralian Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship at Phillip Is­land next week, the newly-crowned West­ern Aus­tralian 2017 Ju­nior road race cham­pion Cal­lum O’brien, a for­mer Sk­er­ries res­i­dent, has taken up the rel­ished op­por­tu­nity to ride a brand new Yamaha YZF R3 for top team BANHAMS WA, un­der the watch­ful eye of Rob Peters.

Fif­teen-year-old Cal­lum jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to ride for BANHAMS WA, say­ing: ‘I’m de­lighted to have been given the chance to race the fi­nal two race meet­ings of the year for BANHAMS.

‘BANHAMS are with­out doubt the top team in West­ern Aus­tralia and have proved their pedi­gree with Sam Clarke in both Aus­tralian and Bri­tish Su­per­bikes. I can’t wait to get to Phillip Is­land to get out on the new bike, which is be­ing pre­pared as we speak.’

The BANHAMS WA team will give Cal­lum a fully pre­pared R3 Yamaha, which means that he can prac­tise and race in both the ‘Over 300 Pro­duc­tion’ class and the R3 Cup class, ef­fec­tively dou­bling the track time he could get in pre­vi­ous meet­ings.

With no pro­duc­tion class road rac­ing in West Aus­tralia at the mo­ment, due to Barba­gallo race track still be­ing closed to rac­ing, all track time at the ASBK rounds has been pre­mium to Cal­lum.

The team have also been boosted by the con­tin­ued sup­port from Mark Gill of Lead­ing Edge Mo­tor­cy­cle Sport. Mark has been help­ing Cal­lum this sea­son and be­lieves that with the BANHAMS set-up, Cal­lum will have the ma­chin­ery and sup­port which is cru­cial to be­ing com­pet­i­tive.

Cal­lum will set off to­day (Tues­day), trav­el­ling to Phillip Is­land for the fi­nal round of the na­tional Aus­tralian Su­per­bikes Se­ries, and then com­pete in the Su­pers­port 300 sup­port class at the Moto GP round in a few weeks’ time.

Cal­lum is so grate­ful to the peo­ple that have come to­gether to make this all hap­pen in such a short time frame, par­tic­u­larly Rob from BANHAMS WA, Mark from Lead­ing Edge Mo­tor­cy­cle Sport and Reg­is­tered Painters WA.

We wish Cal­lum all the best for the rest of the sea­son.

Keep ‘er lit!

Cal­lum O’brien has re­ceived valu­able spon­sor­ship from Mar­cus from ‘The Grin­ning Dingo’ for his next out­ing at Phillip Is­land.

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