Cut and thrust at Col­lie

HCMCWA Club Cham­pi­onships – Rd 3

Old Bike Australasia - - RACE REPORTS HCMCWA - Re­port and photos John Innes

What a con­trast in weather con­di­tions for the rid­ers for Round 3 of the HCMC Club Cham­pi­onships at the Col­lie Mo­tor­plex af­ter the very wet Round 2. Just a month later con­di­tions could not have been bet­ter and the rid­ers in all classes rose to the oc­ca­sion and pro­vided some ex­cel­lent rac­ing for the spec­ta­tors. Around the pits much of the talk was about the Pe­riod 6 – 250GP/250 Pro­duc­tion & Pe­riod 4 – 250 classes and who would or wouldn’t pre­vail amongst the group of hard charg­ers in the field. Matt Pow­ell, Richard Lang­don, Steve Crane, Mark Laing-Hughes, Paul Joshua and Steve McDer­mott were all in the mix for the round win. Lang­don had had things pretty much to his lik­ing in the pre­vi­ous two rounds but was com­ing un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure from both Pow­ell and McDer­mott.

In the first race 17 starters as­sem­bled on the grid and it was Steve McDer­mott who led at the end of the first lap and looked to be in con­trol un­til he suf­fered a se­vere loss of power but still man­aged fifth place. The win­ner was Matt Pow­ell, Richard Lang­don was just over a sec­ond in ar­rears in sec­ond place and Mark Laing-Hughes was third. I spoke to McDer­mott in the pits and it ap­peared that the bot­tom bar­rel had come loose and filled the mo­tor with wa­ter, so sadly it was game over for the 14-time State Cham­pion for the third round. The sec­ond race with only 14 starters, and it was Lang­don who took a strong win from Pow­ell, with LaingHughe­s tak­ing third, with Crane fourth and Shaun Oliver Jnr round­ing out the top five. The fi­nal race saw just 13 rid­ers start the race and it was Lang­don and Pow­ell who dom­i­nated from the start. At T7 and rid­ing into the late af­ter­noon sun Lang­don went to pass and clipped the curb which sent him crash­ing out of the race, al­low­ing Pow­ell to take a com­fort­able win. Sec­ond, and some 7 sec­onds in ar­rears, was Laing-Hughes with Crane a fur­ther 3 sec­onds be­hind, then Shaun Oliver Jnr in fourth with Paul Joshua round­ing out the top five. In the P6 – 250GP class Mark LaingHughe­s took top hon­ours with 65 points, sec­ond was Steve Crane on 56 and third was Paul Joshua with 52 points. In the P6 – Light­weight divi­sion it was Matt Pow­ell in first place with 75 points, Shaun Oliver Jnr was sec­ond with 58 and third was Bob Hull on 53 points. In the P4 250 class Shaun Oliver Snr was the win­ner with 75 points.

Glen Ot­t­ley, win­ner of the P6 For­mula 750. Steve Crane in the P5 For­got­ten Era 250. Hay­den Tre­versh made a clean sweep of the Ju­nior races. P3 win­ner Brian Richard­son.

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