WA His­torics

2018 WA His­toric Cham­pi­onships • 22-24 Septem­ber, 2018 – Col­lie Mo­tor­plex, WA

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos John Innes

Over the WA Queens Birth­day Long Week­end the HCMCWA held their State Road Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships in con­junc­tion with the sixth round of the Club Cham­pi­onships. With 52 races over two days fol­low­ing the Satur­day tun­ing day it was al­ways go­ing to be a full on cou­ple of days. With so many races, it was vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to cover the en­tire event, so I choose to cover two classes and two par­tic­u­lar rid­ers. The first was the Pe­riod 6 – 250GP; this class fea­tured 14-times State Cham­pion Steve McDer­mott, who had come out of re­tire­ment in 2018 to com­pete with the HCMC and ran well in the ear­lier rounds of the Club Cham­pi­onships. The sec­ond class was the Thun­der­bikes and I have been fol­low­ing the progress of David Gar­diner, who is in his first sea­son of track rid­ing who was a strong chance to take out the Club Cham­pi­onship. When the first of the Pe­riod 6 – 250GP races be­gan it was McDer­mott who led the field away and he wasn’t headed over the five-lap jour­ney. This set the tone for his en­tire week­end with three more con­vinc­ing wins, for a per­fect score and the 2018 State Pe­riod 6 – 250GP Cham­pi­onship. McDer­mott, who is 56 years of age is a born and bred Col­lie man and comes from a fam­ily syn­ony­mous with mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing. He hung up his hel­met at the end of the 1996 sea­son hav­ing won his 14th State Ti­tle that year, and it was fit­ting that his re­tire­ment came at the end of the last ever ‘Round the Houses Race’ at his beloved Col­lie. He came out of re­tire­ment briefly for the 2012 sea­son when he raced an F1 Side­car with his son Dil­lan in the chair, fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in the ti­tle race, be­fore re­tir­ing once again. As yet he is non­com­mit­tal about con­tin­u­ing in 2019. If the McDer­mott ti­tle was some­what ex­pected, the State Cham­pi­onship won by 50-year-old David Gar­diner was sim­ply what dreams are made of. Gar­diner had never rid­den on a race track prior to the 31st March when he ven­tured to the Col­lie Mo­tor­plex un­der the guid­ance of Mark de Haas (MDH Tun­ing) to ride the 300cc Kawasaki Ninja at the HCMCWA tun­ing/prac­tice day. By day’s end he had his race li­cence and rode the next day at Round 1/Col­lie TT. He has had a stel­lar sea­son hav­ing rid­den at the six Club Cham­pi­onship rounds for the year cul­mi­nat­ing in Club Thun­der­bike Cham­pi­onship for 2018. David is truly ap­pre­cia­tive of all the sup­port that has come his way, – MDH Ban­ner, Bridge­stone, Silko­lene, Dyno Time, M & M Auto Spray, C.I.C., Clas­sic Trailer Hire & Andy’s Ex­haust Werx. He won two of the three races to wrap up the ti­tle ahead of his clos­est ri­val Richard Beatty. It was a sim­ple equa­tion, David won the first race of the day, Richard the sec­ond so go­ing into the fi­nal race the win­ner of the race would be crowned Club Thun­der­bike Cham­pion, it all looked to be go­ing the way of Beatty un­til he crashed out of the race at the half way stage leav­ing the way clear for Gar­diner to take his maiden ti­tle in his very first sea­son.

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David Gar­diner. Thun­der­bike Club Cham­pion in his first sea­son. Thun­der­bike Leg 2 gets un­der way with Leigh Bou­jos lead­ing Cal­lum O’Brien. Steve McDer­mott. State P6-250GP Cham­pion.

Start of the sec­ond leg of the P6 250GP class with Richard Lang­don (117) lead­ing Steve McDer­mott (11).

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