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Fierce Battle looms for Duke of Pinjar crown
The 125cc lads have been going at it all season and have certainly put on some fantastic racing.
Luke Killeen would have to fancy his chances after bringing home The#A3 recently and having some really good results at Pinjar Park.Super talented rider and always turns it on.
Jack McDairmid will certainly have other ideas and if momentum counts for anything Jack has really turned things up a notch recently with some really impressive rides and results another talented rider who no doubt will have a good go at the crown
Mitchell McDairmid although the youngest of the bunch certainly makes up for it with raw talent and gritty determination some super impressive riding this year and would love to take the crown.(BTW happy Birthday from all at SMCWA)
Xander Smith although his first full season with the big boys Xander has showed he has the potential to steal a good result a gutsy little rider with a great family backing him and im sure would love to take the crown.
Although a small field of riders these guys certainly put on some fantastic racing and with some of the 125cc lites riders looking to make the step up this division is definitely in good hands. Additionally with the Australian Junior Solo Championship coming to Pinjar Park Next Year all of the 125cc riders will looking to finish the season on a high and take the good results through into next years Aussie tittle campaign.
Dont miss all the Action this Saturday at Pinjar Park Speedway!!!!!!! ... Expand
"Liptrott / Thomas set for Australian Sidecar Championships"
Western Australia's leading speedway sidecar team, Reece Liptrott and Jesse Thomas will have their final race meeting this Saturday evening at Perths Pinjar Park Motorcycle Speedway before having the bike fully serviced and crated up for the long trip to Pioneer Park in Queensland to compete in the Australian Sidecar championships over the coming Easter weekend.
This sensational Liptrott/Thomas duo have certainly been the dominant sidecar combination this season at Pinjar Park.
Together they came second to South Australia's Trent Headland in the WA State Championship meeting, won the Jeff Gittus Memorial meeting with a clean sweep, winning all their races and the final, then went on to win the three round Summer Slam Series. They looked absolutely menacing and set for a big night in the Rob Woffinden Classic meeting before mechanical issues bought their night to an end after winning their first two heat races with ease.
The remarkable thing about Reece Liptrott is this is only his second full season racing speedway sidecars!!!!.
This guy is good and with long term passenger Thomas they not only get the job done, they look good and enjoy their racing.
Reece is a stickler for detail when preparing his sidecar. He says he couldn't achieve the results he has and have arguably the most competitive outfit on the park if it weren't for the hard work of his dad, Mick Liptrott at Road And Race Motorcycles. He said, "dad has spent huge amounts of money and time in the preparation and set up of the bike and race team. He is quite brilliant in what he brings to the team and I can't thank him enough"
Road and Race Motorcycles are very well known throughout Australia for their engine builds for many top competitors in all disciplines of motorcycle racing. Mick has been around motorcycle engines for a long while at the top end of the business and there's not much he doesn't know on how to put them together and make them last the distance.
Reece doesn't take precious sponsorship and support in his racing lightly and makes sure he gives all sponsors value for money.
Reece said, " Michael Murphy from Nexdem Pty Ltd has also gone above and beyond in their support which I appreciate"
The Australian Sidecar Championships will be a new and exciting challenge for Reece.
The east coast sidecars are very competitive as they have huge fields and race regularly up and down the eastern seaboard. Until January this year WA Sidecar riders have only had the small 142m Pinjar Park circuit to compete at and even then for only approximately 10 to 12 meetings per year. Because of its tight confines and relative size only three outfits per heat were able to race at any one time.
Since Early January when the SMCWA officially opened the new 330m Pinjar Park motorcycle speedway facility our sidecar competitors have gone from strength to strength.
Just how competitive WA is at this moment with the rest of Australia is to be seen. Remember South Australia's Trent Headland ( former Australian champion) came to Perth and beat the locals (with a bit of hard charging inside moves on the grass) and gave us a window of how good we need to be before we are again a dominant sidecar racing state. Having said this, Reece and Jesse took it right up to Headland and again showed just how good he is, despite being in only his second full season and having limited opportunities during that time.
I asked Reece about his thoughts and how he felt his chances were competing in the Aussie titles. He said, "to be honest I don't have any expectations. It will be a great experience and enable us to see where we're at with the likes of Trelor, Plaisted, Buchanan, Monson and the two Headlands etc. We need to get in the main draw and have a crack. That for us would be a huge accomplishment."
My view is if anyone from WA is going to have a run against the East Coasters on their home turf, Reece and Jesse are the goods. I understand both Reece and Jeff Bishop have nominated for the Australian pairs title down the track, so this will give them a good understanding of where they're at.
Its a very expensive business competing and racing sidecars on the east coast and I would urge any potential sponsor who would like to be part of this journey with Reece to get on board and get your name on the side of their bike and assist them in their efforts on the East Coast. I know Reece and the whole of WA would be most appreciative.
When you see Reece and Jesse roll onto the track for their heats on the fabulous #6 outfit this Saturday evening at the King Of Pinjar meeting, give them a big shout out and wave and let them know you are right behind them for their tilt at the Aussie Titles.
Story: Graeme Sinden Pictures: Woza's Photograhpy/ Jon Gall
Pictures; 1 • Reece Liptrott underneath the pack in typical style 2 • South Aussie Trent Headland. 3 • Glenn O'Brien who will push Reece hard this Saturday evening 4 • Smooth winning form of Liptrott/Thomas ... Expand
Not only will the big boys on their 500cc solos be out to finish the season on a high and claim the "King of Pinjar" title, there are a few guys and a girl itching to claim the title in the major sidecar event.
A classy field of teams have nominated for this prestigious season ending event and I for one can't wait.
Reece liptrott / Jesse Thomas have been the dominant outfit all season and this will be their last event before the bike is readied and packed up for it's trip to Queensland to compete in the Australian Titles in April.
Coming out of retirement for their first race is none other than former 5 times WA and 5 times Australian Champion Glenn O'Brien and his new passenger Brett Evill. While Glenn has said they will use the night to get back in the saddle and race together as a team on the Clayton Mills outfit in readiness for a full on tilt and comeback next season, these guys are racers and there will be a temptation to wind the throttle on if the field start to disappear in front of them.
Another big name to have a crack at this years title is former WA Champion and winner of the Grand Opening night at the new 330m track, Darren Nash on board the Tony Shield #62 outfit. Darren will have the talented and very experienced Ash Brown swinging for him as regular passenger Peter Teale is still recovering from race injuries received earlier on in the season. Darren appears to love riding Tonys 62 outfit and of course Ash is right at home in the chair as its his regular ride.
Jeff Bishop must surely think he has one hand on a trophy after his last outing where he raced handlebar to handlebar alongside Reece Liptrott at their last outing in what was possibly some of the best sidecar racing seen this season at Pinjar Park.
Russell Mitchell is back with Craig Hughes in the chair to have a crack at the season ending title event. Russell has had a series of uncharacteristic engine failures in his last few appearences, the last of which set the Peter Muller straight alight as he crossed the finishing line in a blaze of fire.
Add in the fast Fanderlinden brothers, the ever consistent Chad Harvey, Adam Wenn combinations and the wiley old fox himself, Scott Charsley who appears to have sorted out his new engine, this appears to be one of the best fields of the season.
Best wishes to all competitors.
Story: Graeme Sinden Pictures: Woza's Photography/ jon Gall
Pictures. 1• Glenn O'Brien / Brett Evill 2• Mitchell and Nash coming together 3• The fabulous Reece Liptrott 4• Bishop outside Nash ... Expand