BRA/PCRA Bucket Racing Championship
18th June 2016.
Round two held on the Gardner GP circuit at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Weather forecast all week had major storm coming in
on Saturday and sure enough it was looking pretty dismal
in the morning after a night of torrential rain.
Practice and qualifying for all the classes was run in
cold and wet conditions. Amazingly it was starting to
clear up as riders gridded up for race one. However four riders
went down caught out by the
slippery conditions, the race
was red flagged which prompted a long delay. When racing resumed it was on a rapidly
drying track. After that racing went smoothly.
For Championship points table
The buckets were the first out for the
combined practice and qualifying and
unfortunately copped the worst of the wet
conditions. #9 Andrew Smith pole setter for
the Commuterlite AMs followed by 170 Michael
Child gingerly make their way in the
slippery conditions. .
Qualifying for the five classes:
Practice and qualifying was run in very wet
conditions and it was a credit to riders that
there was no incidents during practice and
#888 Jack Robinson (Honda
RS150CRF) and #86 Anthony Marsden
(Honda RS85cr) battled for the win in races two
Motolites Round One.
Before the racing had started there was major dramas for #888 Jack Robinson (Honda RS150CRF). A broken gear shifter looked like it was going to put him out for the day but one was
eventually located and he was back in business albeit missing qualifying
and would have to start from the back of the grid.
#94 John Olip
was in scintillating form to win the battle of the
finishing 3rd overall
For race one the rain had stopped but the track was slippery and with
only one lap completed four riders went down and
the race was red flagged. There was quite a delay before
racing resumed and in the meantime the track
was rapidly drying out.
When racing resumed #60 Jason Dunn (Honda RS85cr) and
#86 Anthony Marsden (Honda RS85cr) were neck
and neck on lap one with Anthony
grabbing the lead briefly at turn five but it was
short lived and Jason was back in the lead which he
held until the end. Meanwhile #888 Jack Robinson
(Honda RS150CRF) having started from the
back of the grid incredibly had worked his way up to third, posting fastest lap of
the race but Jason and Anthony were out of reach.
Behind the leading trio the Moriwaki's battle was
raging between #29 Harrison Wells (Moriwaki MH80),
#73 Brody Thackery (Moriwaki MH80) and #94 John
Olip(Moriwaki MH80R) with much passing and
re-passing finishing in that order for 4th, 5th and
6th. Next came #77 Chris Jones (BBE CBR150) having
his first outing this year. #170 Michael Child
(Supermono 197) and #81 Robert Tisdell (Yamaha
YFZR150) were in close company to finish 8th and 9th
and were followed home by #17 Adam Cameron
(Honda CBR150) and #13 Andrew Martin (Moriwaki MH85)
for three Motolite riders. In the sighting lap
current Motolite champion #60 Jason Dunn
found a box full of neutrals as he changed
down for the hairpin and low sided the RS The
resulting damage was to put him out for the day. #29
Harrison Wells (Moriwaki MH80) didn't make it around
to the start line as his engine coughed to a halt
and #13 Andrew Martin (Moriwaki MH85) retired
with front brake problems.
When the start lights went out it was #888 Jack
Robinson (Honda RS150CRF) who got the holeshot with
#86 Anthony Marsden (Honda RS85cr) getting a nose in
front around turn two but the 888 four stroke
thundered into the lead up the hill from turn five
and was never headed on the run to the chequered
flag Anthony was riding the wheels off of his RS85
in the twisty bits but didnt seem to have the pace
in the long Eastern Creek straight.
#94 John Olip(Moriwaki MH80R) finished 3rd. leading
the battle of the Moriwakis now reduced to two
bikes. #17 Adam Cameron (4th) and #81 Robert Tisdell(5th),were
locked in their own battle with never more than a
bike length between them. They were followed home by
#73 Brodie Thackery(6th), #77 Chris Jones (7th) and
#170 Michael Child (8th)
In races two and three #17 Adam Cameron and #81 Robert
Tisdell were seldom further apart than this
swapping places many times.
Due to the earlier delays race three was shortened to
three laps of the GP circuit. #888 Jack Robinson
made a perfect start and was never headed on his way
to a flag to flag win. #86 Anthony Marsden
once again finished a close 2nd vowing to find more
bike speed for the next event.
#94 John Olip (Moriwaki MH80R) once again finished
3rd. to finish 3rd overall.
#77 Chris Jones had been improving all day and came
in 4th with the battling duo of #17 Adam Cameron and
#81 Robert Tisdell a close 5th and 6th. They were
followed home by Brodie Thackery (7th) and #170 Michael
Child retired with a mechanical malady.
Motolites Results Round Two 2016:
Superlite PRO 2016
The 2015 champion #169 Ian Gregory (Honda
CB150) got his first wins of the year and closed to
within 10 points of current leader #65 Tim Smith
(Honda CB150). Junior Murphy was missing due to
illness and #2 Ken Lindsay (KLR Honda RCB150) moves
into third in this years championship.
Above: Ian on his Honda CB150 had two wins and a
second to win overall on the day.
#2 Ken Lindsay leads #8 Kurt Wagus, #65 Tim Smith and #81 Luke rhodes.
#169 Ian Gregory (Honda CB150) got a great start but had #8 Kurt Wagus (BBE Honda
CB150) looking very racy on his tail. The
championship leader #65 Tim Smith (Honda CB150) was
in trouble with a engine that wouldn't rev
out, no doubt due to the wet conditions. #56 Hermann
Wagus (Honda150) and #2 Ken Lindsay (KLR
Honda RCB150) were also in trouble, well off of the
pace but they all managed to limp home and score
As the race progressed #8 Kurt Wagus closed right up
on #169 Ian Gregory and looked like he had the speed
to slipstream into the lead before the finish line
as he has done in the past. However when they
appeared out of the last corner on the final lap
Kurt had lost a lot of ground and admitted
afterwards "I just stuffed up"
work in the pits between the races got everyone up
to speed for races two and three.
The finishing order was #169 Ian Gregory, #8 Kurt
Wagus, #56 Hermann Wagus, #2 Ken Lindsay and #56 Tim
By the time race two came around the track had
mostly dried. With his bike now up to speed but starting from the
back of the grid #65 Tim Smith made haste to be 3rd
first time around, he was 2nd by lap two and led to
the chequered flag but only just as Ian Gregory just
missed out by four hundredths of a second on an almost
perfectly timed slipstream to the chequered flag.
King Kenny was 3rd and
Herman Wagus fourth. Kurt Wagus retired with
fuel feed problems.
#65 Tim Smith (Honda CB150) made a perfect start
and led first time around. However on lap two #169
Ian Gregory slipped into the lead and there he
stayed to the chequered flag. Tims challenge was
blunted after just catching a big slide on the last
remaining wet patch on the track.
Kurt Wagus, Ken Lindsay and Hermann Wagus were in
a tight battle for the final podium position with
Kurt just getting it. Hermann retired on lap two
with a rough sounding engine.
Superlite Pro Results Round Two 2016
Superlites AM 2016
The hard charging #57 Stuart Ellis Suzuki 150 Won the
day with 3 wins, scoring maximum points.
Number 57 Stuart Ellis Suzuki 150
continued on his winning ways to score maximum
points increasing his lead in the Superlite AM
championship . #164 Darrell
Francis Suzuki150 finished 2nd in races one and
with #666 Brett Perrington Kawasaki 100 finishing
2nd. in race two. Brett failed to finish races one
Superlite AM Results Round Two 2016:
#39 Ken Watson (Honda CBR125) and #43 Keo
Watson (Honda CB150) finished 1st and 2nd in the
Commuterlite PRO class.
Commuterlite Pro 2016
The Watson family #39 Ken Watson Honda CBR125 and
#43 Keo Watson (Honda CB150) shared the first and
second place spoils between them with Ken scoring
two wins and a second to run out winner for the day.
Keo was 2nd with 2015 champion #555 Nicholas Miller
(Honda CBR125) 3rd and #4 Martin Kraaymaat (Yamaha
YFZR125) 4th. A few riders were missing from the
line up due to damaged bikes and bodies after the
earlier red flagged race.
Commuterlite PRO Results Round Two 2016:
Commuterlite AM 2016
Number 81 Luke Rhodes on
his way to two wins and a second in Commuterlite
#81Luke Rhodes (Honda CBR125)
won two out of the three races but having to
give best to a
rapidly improving #19 Jan Martizano (CBR125) who
pipped Luke on the finish line by three
of a second in race three. This was Jan's maiden
race win and with a 2nd and a 3rd in the other
races he got second overall. Number 7 Brodie
Frewin (Honda CBR125) another fast
improver finished 3rd overall with 2nd, 3rd and
in the three races.
#66 Andy Lewer (CBR125) came 4th overall with
two 4ths and a 3rd after some hectic dicing
with Brodie Frewin, Jan Martizano and #5 Michael lemon (Honda CBR125)
Michael looked like he was in for a good haul of
points with a 5th in race one and 7th on race
two but a DNF in race three dropped him well
down on the overall positions to tenth.
Number #78 Mark O'Toole
(Honda CBR125) finished 6th on the first race and
5th in races two and three to finish fifth
overall. Newcomers #128 Eddie Poucher (Honda
CBR125) and #49 Jack Vignes (Honda CBR125) diced
throughout the three races with Eddie finishing
ahead on races one and two but Jack turned the
tables on race three..
#87 Ian Hancock (Honda CBR125) finished 10th,
9th and 8th to finish 8th overall and was
followed home by #12 Jessica Dykes (Honda
CBR125), #5 Michael lemon (Honda CBR125)
and #73 Daniel Florance (CBR125)
Race One, lap one, turn two, Motolites,
Superlites, and Commuterlites tip toeing around
the hairpin in the wet conditions.