2018 WA Historic Championships • 22-24 September, 2018 – Collie Motorplex, WA
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.
Full results for all classes and divisions available at Natsoft.com
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).