Mal­lala serves up a treat

Aus­tralian His­toric Road Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships

Old Bike Australasia - - RACE REPORTS - Re­port Jim Scays­brook Pho­tos Jim Scays­brook, Rob Lewis

9-11 Oc­to­ber, 2015 – Mal­lala Mo­tor­sport Park, South Aus­tralia

The AHRRC re­turned to Mal­lala for the first time since 2002, and af­ter en­er­getic pro­mo­tion by the His­toric Mo­tor­cy­cle Rac­ing Reg­is­ter of South Aus­tralia, a healthy crowd turned out for the four-day meet­ing. Thank­fully the swel­ter­ing tem­per­a­tures of Thurs­day and Fri­day abated for the week­end’s races which were held in ideal con­di­tions. An early exit from the meet­ing was star name Cam Don­ald, who lasted just two laps of prac­tice be­fore he crashed on an oil spill (just one of nu­mer­ous oil slicks that caused much grief through­out the week­end), break­ing the big toe of his gear change foot and putting an end to the defence of his Pe­riod 5 Un­lim­ited ti­tle. That defence would have been hard fought, given the scin­til­lat­ing form of Paul Young on the T-Rex Har­ris Honda who made a clean sweep of all three races with­out rais­ing a sweat, each time over Queens­land vet­eran Johnny Allen on Terry McKin­non’s TZ750 Yamaha. In­deed, clear-cut wins were the or­der of the day across many of the classes, the ex­cep­tion be­ing the pres­ti­gious Pe­riod 3 500cc which started and fin­ished in dra­matic fash­ion. Leg 1 saw de­fend­ing cham­pion Jack Wright edge out former World Su­per­stock Cham­pion Bren­dan Roberts on Greg Kennedy’s pushrod Match­less, the win­ning mar­gin be­ing just 0.15 sec­onds af­ter a thrilling race. The sec­ond en­counter saw Dar­ren Trot­ter streak away in a race that came to a pre­ma­ture halt when Keith Camp­bell crashed heav­ily when his Honda’s pri­mary chain snapped. Half points were awarded for the race in which Bren­dan Roberts claimed sec­ond over Bob Rosen­thal while Wright was fourth af­ter an off-track ex­cur­sion. In the cru­cial fi­nal leg, Trot­ter’s Match­less shed its rear chain on the for­ma­tion lap, seem­ingly tor­pe­do­ing his chances. How­ever that race was red flagged af­ter Rosen­thal crashed and was col­lected by Roberts who broke a col­lar­bone, while Rosen­thal suf­fered three bro­ken ribs. Trot­ter was al­lowed to take place in the com­plete re-run on his re­paired G50 and duly took the win as Wright strug­gled with a dis­in­te­grat­ing gear­box. This meant Trot­ter and Wright fin­ished equal on points – the ti­tle go­ing to Trot­ter on the ba­sis of his win in the fi­nal heat. Si­mon Cook turned in a mas­ter­ful ride in the fi­nal leg of the Pe­riod 4 Un­lim­ited to grab the win from Dean Oughtred, while Lach­lan Hill bagged both the Pe­riod 5 250 (on Ron An­gel’s Ro­tax) and the Pe­riod 5 350 on a Yamaha. At op­po­site ends of the age spec­trum, 18-year-old Tom Bramich cake­walked the Pe­riod 4 500 class on the Ron An­gel Pa­ton twin, while 78year-old John Im­rie claimed the Pe­riod 3 250 cat­e­gory. In the Side­car events, both Bruce Marston/Gra­ham Marston and Lind­say Donai/Chris­tine Men­zies re­tained their ti­tles in the Pe­riod 3 and Pe­riod 4 re­spec­tively, while Bruce Collins/Pe­ter De An­ge­lis took out the Pe­riod 5 cham­pi­onship.

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