WA Historics Rd 4
HCMCWA Club Championships Round 4 24 June, 2018 – Collie Motorplex, WA
With conditions almost identical to Round 2, Saturday practice was almost continuously wet and Sunday got worse as the day wore on. In the end the weather bought an early closure to the meeting with just one race in the final round completed. For this round I put my focus on Team ‘Fam’ Racing – which is comprised of Father Aari, Mother Jodie and daughters Brooke and Yala. Older daughter Tonia was the fifth member of the team but has hung up the leathers. Aari and Jodie could be considered late starters in actual racing not gaining their race licences until they were 47 and 46 years old respectively, whilst both the girls got their licences in 2018. Brooke now has two race meetings under her belt and Yala has three. The family resides in the Swan Valley area in the foothills of Perth. Aari works as a Warehouse Manager, Jodie as a Community Home Care Nurse. Brooke is a Government Employee and 14 year-old Yala is in Year 9 studying Arts and Media. The family has one very strong bond and that is a love of all things motorcycle and it certainly shows when you see them on track. The inspiration in part for the family was to follow in the footsteps of Jodie’s father who was a MX racer until he was 74 years of age. Jodie has a number of strings to her bow; she is an MA licensed Scrutineer, she was the first and youngest Female Steward in WA, she officiated at the 1992 Motocross des Nations at Manjimup as a Scrutineer. She is also a Life Member of the BSA & Harley Davidson Motorcycle Club. Both Aari and Jodie started with Trakdayz and Ride Days, obtaining their race licences and raced along with Tonia in the MCRCWA Production class until the Barbagallo track was closed to motorcycles in November 2016. Prior to the closure the pair did a race meeting with the Historics, and fell in love with the Club. They have continued to race with the Club and now travel to Collie to race.
Aari is not currently racing as he is awaiting major shoulder surgery, but Jodie and Brooke race KTM 390s in the Thunderbikes and Yala is racing with the Juniors on a 150. The plan for the family going forward is for the girls to inherit the KTMs and Aari and Jodie will race a pair of VFR Hondas in the Historics.
Yala finished with a pair of sixth places in her two junior races. Jodie and Brooke squared off in the LadiesOnly Race with Brooke coming home in third place and Jodie fourth. In the Thunderbike class the two were again locked in a race-long battle with Brooke finishing seventh in both races ahead of Jodie who was eighth in both races. Full results and times are available on Natsoft.
‘Team Fam”: Brooke Gentry, Aari Simpson, Yala Brown and Jodie Brown. Jodie Brown placed sixth in the Juniors.
P5 Unlimited winner David Gapes. P6 250 winner Richard Langdon.