ROUND 4 OF THE AGV Helmets Australia STATE ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS.
The states best road racers returned to Wanneroo Raceway on the 29th August for Round 4 AGV HELMETS AUSTRALIA WA State Road Racing Championships. The first of the two practices was declared as wet but with a drying track and both sessions were incident free.
The Triton Electrical Superbike Championship saw Sam Clarke (RS36 & Rick Gill Suzuki GSXR1000) start from pole position and he was never troubled during the 8 lap journey and, by way of an added bonus, he broke the existing lap record setting a time of 0:56.8230 seconds. Second was Cameron Stronach (Motorcycle Movers Ducati Panigale) with Adam Senior (Senior Engineering Yamaha R1) in third place. Race 2 and Clarke repeated the race win, this time the runner-up was Ben Stronach (VRT Signs Yamaha R1) with younger brother Cameron dropping a place. In the final race the pace was considerably slower on a damp track Clarke again was victorious in the same finishing order as race two. Ben Stronach still holds a comfortable lead in the championship race with 253 points, second in younger brother Cameron on 224 points, Adam Senior is third on 216 points. After missing the first two rounds whilst he recovered from a pre-season training accident Clarke has now moved into seventh place on 142 points.
The Professional Printers Sidecar Championship saw Dillan McDermott/Corey Blackman clean sweep the two Championship races in convincing fashion. Second in both races were the pairing of Graeme Evans/Robert Dillon, they took the win in the non-championship Reverse Grid event. Third in the two championship races were Murray Stronach/Steve Marshall. Sam Watson/Eamon Hegarty took the win in the F2 division. McDermott/Blackman choose not to enter the Reverse Grid race. McDermott leads the Championship with 150 points.
The Cullys Yamaha Supersport Championship defending champion Tommy King (Keen Edge Construction Kawasaki ZX6) wasted no time winning the first two races from Bronson Pickett (M&B Rubbish disposal Yamaha R6) and Lachlan Hickey (TwoFour Tiling Kawasaki ZX6) followed with two third places. In the final race Pickett got the jump and was never challenged over the 8 laps with King coming home in second place some six seconds in arrears, with Andrew Biffen (GoMoto Store Yamaha R6) in third place. King won the day with 70 points and now trails Pickett by 11 points in the title chase
The GoMoto Store Production Championship saw three different winners on the day. Jordan White (GoMoto Store Ninja 400) took the win in the first race from Calvin Moylan (Pickett Racing Team
Yamaha R3) and Patrick Browne (LPB Industries Ninja 400). In the second race William Wasley (Banhams WA Yamaha R3) took the win from Jordan White (GoMoto Store Ninja 400), with Abbie Cameron taking third place. The final race saw Jayden Martin (Aussie Moto Engineering Yamaha R3) take the win from Jordan White (GoMoto Store Ninja 400), with Wasley in third place.
The B-Grade Series race saw an all the way win for Lachlan Hickey (TwoFour Motorsports Kawasaki ZX-6). In second place was Raymond Kleyn (GoMoto Store Kawasaki ZX-10) and third was Jake Wilson (Yamaha R1). Hickey leads the Series on 63 points.
In the Rick Gill Motorcycles Clubman races Steve Kelly (Perth Heavy Tow Honda CBR 1000RR) made it a clean sweep of all three races. Warren French (GoMoto Store Kawasaki ZX-10) took three second places with Jack Langley (Harrington Drilling Kawasaki ZX-10), Christopher Fitzgerald (Kawasaki ZX-10) and Aaron Simonsen (Yamaha R6) each grabbing a minor podium place.
In the Retro Moto Co Golden Era Josh Mathers (Yamaha FZR 1000) with two wins and Tony Hynes (Gelorup Motorcycle Repairs Suzuki Motoplast) winning the final race. Shaun O’Neil (Yamaha FZR1000), Richard Langdon (Suzuki RGV 250) and Tommy Hatton (Honda RS125 NF4) each took a minor podium placing.
Next up for the race season is the Senior Engineering Junior State Championship round, held in conjunction with Supermoto WA, on Sunday 5th September at Wanneroo Kart Track. Spectator entry is free for this event so make sure you check out the event and support our junior road racers.
Our next State Championship event will see the return of the Juniors, and will be held at Collie Motorplex on Sunday 10th October.
Photos and report courtesy John Innes