Race Re­port

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

Beau Beaton, Jeremy Mcwil­liams and Aaron Morris took the in­ter­fos racing com­po­nent into an­other league. It all started when the Pe­riod 5 class early races looked like a con­tin­u­a­tion of the Is­land Clas­sic In­ter­na­tional Chal­lenge. Jeremy Mcwil­liams was en­tered at the last minute on thetom Der­mody XR69 rid­den so well last year byteam Ire­land’s Derek Sheils. Early clutch trou­bles didn’t dent his en­thu­si­asm while Irv­ing Vin­cent ace Beau Beaton and Is­land Clas­sic race win­ner Alex Phillis slugged it out in the early races. Then Beaton took the Irv­ing Vin­cent, which had failed so spec­tac­u­larly at the Is­land Clas­sic, up an­other notch

on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Not con­tent with dom­i­nat­ing the Pe­riod 5 class, he ac­tu­ally led the com­bined P5P6 races for a time in the best race of the week­end early on Satur­day af­ter­noon.then he had to set­tle for sec­ond. His op­po­nent? Aaron Morris on ayamaha FZR1000. Ev­ery­one raves about the sheer horse­power of the Irv­ing Vin­cent. What ev­ery­one saw at Eastern Creek was how the han­dling matches the horse­power. Beaton could put the Vin­nie wher­ever he wanted in the cor­ners to get back in the lead once Morris had slip­streamed him down the main straight.the power comes courtesy of builder Ken Horner.the han­dling comes from the years of in­volve­ment by Oh­lins spe­cial­ist Steve Mud­ford. Even big­ger con­fronta­tions came in the QBETOP 50 for the fastest rid­ers in P5-P6. In one race on Sun­day the top five rid­ers were un­der the lap record in both classes. But Morris, Beaton and Mcwil­liams were in a class of their own with Mcwil­liams set­ting a new lap record in P5 Un­lim­ited and Morris in P6. So Mcwil­liams now has the class record at Eastern Creek and Phillip Is­land. Thetrans-tas­man Chal­lenge was also ramped up this year with the reign­ing New Zealand Su­per­bike cham­pion, Sloan Frost, join­ing other Kiwi young guns, such as Jay Lawrence and Jake Lewis. The end re­sult was painfully close, the Aussies win­ning by just three points, 103 to 100.

Ago was hoarse and tired by the end of Sun­day and parked him­self up in a cor­po­rate suite to watch the Mel­bourne F1 GP. “I was very sur­prised that so many peo­ple wanted to talk to me about my first time here, in 1971,” he said. “They said my pres­ence and my MV (a three-cylin­der 500) gave them so much plea­sure.” Ago was beaten that day at Oran Park by Bryan Hin­dle but he was a win­ner this week­end.

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