WA His­torics

2019 HCMCWA In­ter­club Cham­pi­onship Rd 1 & 2

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

Sun­day 26th May 2019 is a day that will long be re­mem­bered by all in the mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing fra­ter­nity in West­ern Aus­tralia; the day that two years of hard work, graft and prob­a­bly not a few tears all came to fruition with the run­ning of the first ever mo­tor­cy­cle road race on the newly li­censed Col­lie Mo­tor­plex ‘Long Track.’ The new track is 2.55 km in length and has a to­tal of 12 cor­ners, eight left-hand and four right-hand with the fast 400m uphill back straight, which has al­ready been nick­named ‘The Bowl­ing Al­ley’ an ab­so­lute fea­ture.

The pro­gram was set down as 3 x 4 lap races but fol­low­ing in­ci­dents in each of the first three races, the of­fi­cials made the de­ci­sion to drop the fi­nal round of races and ex­tend the sec­ond round to six laps with the ex­cep­tion of the Side­cars which re­mained at four laps. The cir­cuit met with uni­ver­sal approval and rac­ing be­gan in over­cast con­di­tions. Dave Man­son was the win­ner of the very first race with a fastest lap of 1:21.190 sec­onds, a time he bet­tered in his sec­ond race with a fastest lap of 1:20.464. The cur­rent out­right lap record is held by Leigh Bou­jos (BMW 1000RR) with a time of 1:11.920.

In the three-wheel di­vi­sion things couldn’t have gone any bet­ter for Dil­lan McDer­mott/Paul Matthews who ex­celled in the ab­sence of Jero Joyce/ Corey Black­man who were rac­ing in the Na­tional Side­car Cham­pi­onships on the East coast. The duo set a blis­ter­ing time to se­cure pole po­si­tion with a 1:16.327. Race one was an all the way win for the pole sit­ters from Har­vey/ Wells and Stronach/Mar­shall with a fastest lap of 1:15.926. Race two and the two front run­ners fin­ished in the same order, third place went to the F2 out­fit of Sam Watson/Tony Keogh with Stronach/Mar­shall fail­ing to start due to a me­chan­i­cal prob­lem. McDer­mott/ Matthews low­ered the lap record to 1:15.6820 sec­onds.

The Pe­riod 5 250,350,500 For­mula 750 & Un­lim­ited lap record is cur­rently held by Tony Hynes with a fastest lap of 1:18.757 sec­ond lap. In the Ju­nior di­vi­sion it is Flynn Win­ning who holds the lap record with a time of 1:35.831 sec­onds on his Honda CBR150. Pe­riod 6 250 Prod/250GP, P4 250, 125GP – Steve McDer­mott cur­rently holds the lap record for the class with 1:21.907 sec­ond lap. Pe­riod 2, Pe­riod 3, Pe­riod 4 350 & Pe­riod 4 500 Glen Ot­t­ley holds the record with a 1:27.2310 sec­ond lap. Pe­riod 6 For­mula 750/For­mula 1300 & 125GP and it was Matt Brown who set the fastest time of the day with a 1:18.511 sec­ond lap.

Round 2

Given the weather fore­cast for the week­end of 22nd – 23rd June the run­ning of the race meet­ing was al­ways go­ing to be a chal­lenge, with up to 60mm of rain fore­cast over the two days. On Satur­day evening there was a huge downpour and on wak­ing on Sun­day morn­ing sev­eral ar­eas

around the cir­cuit were cov­ered with sand and gravel where the wa­ter had run through the run-off ar­eas, re­quir­ing a large scale clean up. On top of that a dense fog shrouded the en­tire cir­cuit which caused a sig­nif­i­cant de­lay to the start of qual­i­fy­ing and rac­ing. HCMCWA mem­bers – rid­ers, pas­sen­gers, par­ents, wives, hus­bands and sundry peo­ple – turned out to sweep, wash and use the blow­ers to get it all cleaned up. How­ever due to the loss of time the of­fi­cials de­cided to drop a com­plete round of rac­ing, but to in­crease the num­ber of laps from 4 to 6 per race. The only class to have three races were the Juniors who were com­pet­ing in the sec­ond round of Ban­hams WA Ju­nior State Road Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship.

I chose to concentrat­e on the P3 250/350/500 & Un­lim­ited – P2 350/500 & Un­lim­ited & P4 350/500 on the two six lap races. Race 1 on a ‘Mostly Dry Track’ it was Paul Smith (1972 Honda CB350) who got the hole shot and was never headed. Glen Ot­t­ley (1970 Honda CB350) and Chris Gam­midge (1970 Honda CB350) did ev­ery­thing within their power to rein him in but to no avail. In race 2 with rain falling it was the same three at the front with Smith again get­ting the best start and forc­ing the other to try and chase him down in the treach­er­ous con­di­tions Ot­t­ley was again sec­ond with Gam­midge third some 52 sec­onds be­hind the win­ner.

Round three of the In­ter­club Cham­pi­onship will be held on the week­end 20th -21st July at the Col­lie Mo­tor­plex. Full re­sults avail­able at... rac­ing.nat­soft.com.au

Dave Man­son (1996 Honda NF4) was the win­ner of the very first race on the new cir­cuit.

Look­ing down the ‘Bowl­ing Al­ley’ from out­side Turn 6.

Chris Gam­midge fin­ished third in both races on his 1970 Honda CB350. Leigh Bou­jos, cur­rent out­right lap record holder. Dou­ble win­ner Paul Smith on his 1972 Honda CB350. Dil­lan McDer­mott/Paul Matthews – top dogs in the Side­car class. Glenn Ot­t­ley was twice run­ner up on his 1970 Honda CB350.

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