Ir­ish in­va­sion for Is­land Clas­sic

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The south­ern hemi­sphere’s largest his­toric mo­tor­cy­cle meet, the 23rd AMCN In­ter­na­tional Is­land Clas­sic to be held on the Aus­tralia Day long week­end Jan­uary 22-24 at Phillip Is­land, will fea­ture an Ir­ish team un­der the cap­taincy of Mike Meskell in the In­ter­na­tional Chal­lenge event. The green-leaf clover en­try means five na­tional squads will race the Chal­lenge next Jan­uary 22-24, with the Ir­ish tak­ing on the four ex­pe­ri­enced teams – de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons the UK, Aus­tralia who won the ti­tle from its in­cep­tion in 2005 to 2014, the USA and NZ. Rule changes have been in­tro­duced to al­low for the Ir­ish, with a max­i­mum of eight rid­ers from each coun­try in each race – rather than the pre­vi­ous ten -mak­ing a field of 40 for the four six-lap races. In­ter­na­tional Chal­lenge rules al­low for bikes man­u­fac­tured be­tween 1973-1984, and for ca­pac­i­ties rang­ing from 350-1300 cc. Points from the top five scor­ers in each na­tional team will go to­wards the fi­nal tally. Graeme Crosby will lead the Kiwi team and is putting to­gether a for­mi­da­ble crew, de­ter­mined to turn their per­for­mance up a notch; while Dave Crus­sell is re­cruit­ing a US out­fit. Shan­non’s In­sur­ance is also back on board to spon­sor the Pa­rade Lap for those keen to show­case their trea­sured bike on the hal­lowed is­land bi­tu­men. Or­gan­is­ers ex­pect to usurp last year’s record roll call of 340 rid­ers on over 520 bikes from the eras of his­toric rac­ing – from Pe­riod 2 bikes to Clas­sic and Post Clas­sic (from 1946 to 1972), and the more re­cent For­got­ten Era and New Era classes. Quali­fy­ing takes place on Fri­day with 56 races over Satur­day and Sun­day. Tick­ets are on sale with an ad­vance three-day adult pass for $70* and chil­dren 15 and un­der free.VIP op­tions are also avail­able in Club Clas­sic. For a su­per af­ford­able week­end, camp on the cir­cuit just me­tres from Gard­ner Straight with four nights un­der the stars for just $70* per adult, booked in ad­vance, and chil­dren 15 and un­der gratis.

For tick­ets go to www.is­land­clas­sic.com.au or call the cir­cuit on (03) 5952 2710 on week­days.

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