This year’s one hour enduro event was run in cold (5 degs.) and wet conditions. Quite a contrast to the previous day’s championship round which was a mild winter’s day with clear sky and sunshine.
Because of poor visibility and slippery conditions the Le Mans start was abandoned for a normal grid start for safety reasons. A sensible move by the track officials. As well the race was shortened to 45 minutes owing to delays in the previous events.
However when the race got going there was some excellent racing in all the classes.
Father and son team Ken and Keo Watson on a Honda CBR125 were outright winners taking out the Commuterlite class win as well. This is the first time a Commuterlite has won outright.
The #60 Gregory Oates/Tom Harrison team were the 2nd
Commuterlite home followed by father and son team #41
Max and Chris Young (Yamaha YZFR125). #78 Peter
Lindsay/Mark O'Toole (Honda CBR125) came home next.
The Motolite class was won by Blair Briggs and the evergreen Michael Child riding Michael's Supermono197. They finished 2nd overall.
After leading early in the race the #82 Robert Tisdell /
Stuart Ellis Aprilia 150RS duo finished 2nd in the class
and 3rd overall.
Another Father and son team #38 Jim and Junior Murphy
(BBE Honda CB185) won the Superlite class after Junior had a almighty tussle with
#65 Tim Smith (Honda CB185) for the win getting it by
.074 of a second the closest finish in One hour history.
The #8 team of Kurt Wagus/Ian Gregory (Sky Ace 185)
struck trouble when in the lead. The resulting lengthy
pit stop cost them several laps but they still came in
The 2017 One Hour will be remembered for the
diabolical weather conditions and some great racing.
four of the BRA PCRA
championship was run at the ever popular Wakefield Park
circuit on a pleasant winters
Racing was close and exciting in all classes
with many podiums decided by hundreds of seconds.
Motolites: #68 Shane Wilcox Honda RS85cr won all three races to score maximum points and hoist himself into 2nd place in the Motolite Championship. Airing the promising Aprilia 150RS for the first time #81 Robert Tisdell was runner up. #94 John Olip kept the venerable Moriwaki 85 in the hunt placing third and going up to third in the championship. Number170 Michael Child Supermono197 finished fourth, a DNF in race one didn’t help.
Superlites Pro: #38 Junior Murphy won all three races but was pushed all the way by #169 Ian Gregory. Third place went to #8 Kurt Wagus (SkyAce180). #65 Tim Smith (Honda CB180) had a day to forget finishing fourth and losing the championship lead to Junior albeit only three points behind. #2 Ken Lindsay finished fifth with #62 Jim Murphy and #56 Hermann Wagus coming in next. Only 24 points difference spans fourth to first in the points table so an exciting finish coming up in the Superlite Pro Championship final round.
Commuterlite Pro again saw #39 Ken and #43 Keo Watson circulating in close formation with Keo taking the win narrowing the gap to Kens diminishing Championship lead now down to 5 points. Keo will have to win 2 races and not finish lower than 3rd in one race to win the Commuterlite championship. #3 Peter Lindsay came in 3rd consolidating his third place in the Pro Championship. #4 Martin Kraymaat finished 4th. with #60 Gregory Oates 5th.
Commuterllite AM Class Newcomer #9 Brent Barassi won overall with two wins and a sixth. #194 Bradley Burt competing in only his second meeting this Year finished second. Third place went to #21 Craig Stewart. Round three winner #31 Christopher Dobie finished fourth. Championship contender #78 Mark O’Toole finished 5th to close the gap to the leader to 21 points and just 1 point behind 2nd placed #66 Andy Lewer.
Championship leader #49 Gregory Burt finished sixth overall. Finishing order for rest of field, 7th #66 Andy Lewer, 8th #73 Daniel Florence, 9th #54 Raymond Wright, 10th #41 Max Young, 11th #37 Luke Young, 12th #53 David Hagney, 13th #22 Tom Harvey, 14th #24 Tom Harrison.
Superlite AM: #57 Stuart Ellis 2016 AM Champion doing a one off meeting pedalled his smart looking Suzuki GS150 to win his three races with #120 Nathan Taylor (Suzuki GS150)finishing second. Championship leader #666 Shaun Bray (Suzuki GS150) didn’t add to his points score.
THE FINAL ROUND OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Final round five will be on at Sydney
Motorsport Park on Sat. 23rd. September.
Three of the 2017 BRA / PCRA Championship
three of the BRA PCRA
championship was run on the North circuit at
Sydney Motorsport Park on a cool winters
Racing was close and exciting in all classes
with many podiums decided by hundreds of seconds.
In Motolites #60 Jason Dunn Honda
RS85cr continued on his winning ways looking like he's
heading for a record breaking fifth Motolite title.
Edward Marsden finished 2nd to move into 2nd in the
Championship. Number170 Michael Child Supermono85cr finished
3rd and displaced #94 John Olip (DNF'd race 2) for 3rd
in the Championship.
Superlites Pro put on a some great battles in the 3 races with Championship leader #65 Tim Smith (Honda CB180) coming out on top taking the win and increasing his lead in the championship. Second place went to #8 Kurt Wagus
(SkyAce180). Kurt is fourth in the Championship. Third went to #38 Junior Murphy (Honda CB180) who is third in the Championship. Number 169 Ian Gregory retained second in the Championship by finishing fourth keeping his Championship hopes alive.
Commuterlite Pro again saw #39 Ken
and #43 Keo Watson circulating in close formation with
Keo taking the win narrowing the gap to Kens diminishing
Championship lead. #3 Peter Lindsay came in 3rd
consolidating his third place in the Pro Championship.
Commuterlite AM class Newcomer #31
Christopher Dobie won overall with two wins and a
fourth ahead of new championship leader #49 Gregory Burt
who finished second overall. #66 Andy Lewer came in
third to move up to second in the AM championship.
Former championship leader Mark O'Toole suffered two
DNF's but recovered to win race three to keep himself in
the championship hunt.
Other newcomers #53 David Hagney and #128 Scoobie
Breen acquitted themselves well finishing fourth and
Next meeting round four will be on at Wakefield Park
on Sat. 26th. August with the Bucket One Hour enduro on
the next day.
#23. 12th June 2015.
When offered the opportunity to ride a
Commuterlite Honda at the 2nd PCRA round I was
pretty excited, I've watched many of the races and
have been enthralled by the close competition. My
PCRA years have been spent on a Laverda 1000 triple,
an exotic Italian classic owned by Crispen Trueman.
The Laverda is a big bike she weighs a fair bit and
puts out around 100hp so my track knowledge is based
around this bike.
Enter May 30th and my Commuterlite debut!
Just before I went out on the track I made some
enquiries and discovered the CBR Honda had 6 gears,
so many choices, I followed everyone around trying
to figure things out when our session was declared I
only completed one full lap! Would sort things out
best I could during the first race. I customarily
get good starts and did on this occasion as well,
loved the hustle and bustle of turn one but kept
myself clear of (causing) trouble, turn two was bit
of a laugh I had no previous braking experience
except from the Laverda so was miles out and lost
most of my gains from the start. Great drive out of
T2 and pegged a couple back only to repeat the same
mistake at T4 (had seized a 250 Suzuki there about
30 minutes before!) Again good drive had me back in
the fray but really that was the pattern of my race.
I was learning quickly from the other riders and was
really impressed at their commitment and race craft.
Race two and I improved my braking but was still
too hesitant into the turns referring back to my big
bike past concentrating on fast exits, on a commuter
lite I was learning that it didn't work like that,
fast in, fast through and fast out, momentum being
the order of the day. Race three I had a plug
failing so concentrated on entry and braking and
brought the Honda home in one piece. Third overall
was a pleasing result but was a bit more flattering
than my riding deserved. This bike was very well set
up and I made no changes during the day, huge thanks
to Gary Briggs (no relation) for the bike and sorry
Gary for seizing your Suzuki
I am looking forward to the next round on the
13th I hope to be able to complete the season on the
Honda. I'm learning so much being on this type of
bike it reminds me of my 250 production days in the
late 1970's although I must admit I'm a bit more
risk averse these days. The commuter lite class has
a real sense of community with riders dropping by to
see how its going and see how I'm enjoying it, well
I'm hooked its that simple.
A Message from the BRA President
13th June 2015.
People, I have been involved with Bucket Racing since my
first Race Day, October 1988. Since then I was
instrumental in forming the BRA or Bucket Racing
Association of NSW in 1992. The Association was formed
out of necessity. Bucket Racing started May 14th 1988,
by a select few members of The PCRA & Eastern Suburbs
Motorcycle Club. There were a few basic rules & all was
good until some of the more competitive jokers started
to improve their machines. I wouldn’t be game enough to
say things got out of hand but a few rocket ships
started to appear & some rule changes & additions were
required. However, neither the PCRA nor ESMCC were
prepared to go into any depths with rules. Hence the
birth of the BRA. The BRA’s purpose was to administer
rules & promote Bucket Racing. There were some
interesting times and it did take some years to evolve
the rules to what we are familiar with now.
I have been on the Committee since the
formation of the BRA in 1992 and have either been
Secretary or President during those times. I am not
going to bore you with the things I have been
involved with in an effort to promote Bucket Racing,
but what I will say is I need a rest from it. 23
years on the same committee & running it for much of
that time is enough.
I really think it is time
for some new, younger people to bring in some new
fresh ideas to promote our wonderful sport. There
are many modern ways to promote Bucket Racing
through social media for one that someone younger
would be much more able than me to perform. With
that, I think you get the point by now, I will not
be standing for the position of BRA President at the
I have been on the PCRA Committee
during most of those years as well & my involvement
with the PCRA has become much more involved in the
last couple of years, being the Vice President as
well as the Chairman on the Barry Sheene Sub
Committee. My intention is to continue in these
roles to help evolve and promote historic racing,
this of course includes Bucket Racing.
Anyway, hopefully there is someone interested
enough to take on this position. It is not difficult
& I will always be available to help or advise. If
you are interested please give me a call to discuss.
0439 871 927
Typical of the dicing in
Bucket racing, always close and a lot of fun.
Here #78 Mark OToole (Honda CBR125) leads #23
Blair Briggs (Honda CBR125), #40 Richard Cook
(Honda CBR125), #131 Rez Pulido (Honda CBR125)
and #3 Peter Lindsay (Honda CBR125). Racing is
always close with positions changing corner to
Open Rules. Phenomenal Racing