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Shan­nons Aus­tralian His­toric Road Race Cham­pi­onships

Old Bike Australasia - - RACE REPORTS - Re­port Jim Scays­brook Pho­tos Sue Scays­brook, Colin Shee­han, Gaven Dall’Osto More than a decade

Septem­ber 25-28, 2014 – Lakeside Park, Qld

after mo­tor­cy­cles last raced at what was then known as Lakeside In­ter­na­tional Race­way, the his­toric cir­cuit burst back into life for the run­ning of the Shan­nons Aus­tralian His­toric Road Race Cham­pi­onships over four days in Septem­ber. Much safety-re­lated work had been done by cir­cuit owner John Tet­ley, and by mem­bers of the or­gan­is­ing club, the Queens­land Early Motorcycle Sports Club. This in­volved re­moval of Armco bar­ri­ers to pro­vide ex­tra run off, plus the ad­di­tion of a stop-go chi­cane which proved uni­ver­sally un­pop­u­lar with rid­ers but was deemed nec­es­sary to al­low the track to be li­cenced. It is hoped that a more ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion can be found for fu­ture meet­ings.

The meet­ing it­self was an un­qual­i­fied suc­cess, with a ca­pac­ity en­try and a mas­sive spec­ta­tor turnout over both days of the week­end. Or­gan­is­ers were faced with a for­mi­da­ble task to com­plete a very tight pro­gram with a plethora of classes, but de­spite a few hic­cups caused by a freak storm on Thurs­day and the in­evitable de­lays due to oils spills and mishaps, the pro­gram ran pretty much to sched­ule. Most re­gret­tably, the meet­ing came to an abrupt end late on Sun­day, with three races still to run, after a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent which claimed the life of lead­ing Pe­riod 6 racer Steve An­der­son from Orange NSW, who had ear­lier won the first two rounds of the For­mula 750 class.

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