The Inaugural MCRC State Road Racing Championships is set to run at the Collie Motorplex track this coming weekend. The wait is almost over, after almost 18 months since racing ceased at Barbagallo Raceway following the handing down of the “Hall Report” when bike events ceased at Barbagallo in November 2016.
Fast Forward to April 2018 and we are about to embark on a new era with a full blown ‘State Championship’ run on the Collie Circuit.
It is a two-day event with Tuning on Saturday, along with a Ridedays WA Level 2 Coaching Course, and my spies tell me there are a few spots left for the day, so if you are interested book a place by Thursday, you won’t be disappointed. It is a chance to get out on a racetrack and see what it is like from a racers perspective. The MCRCWA Office number is 94091002.
Sunday will see a full day of racing with track activities commencing at 9.00am. The following classes will be on track with some seriously fast racers like Ben Stronach, Cameron Stronach, Leigh Boujos, Tim Boujos, Terry Teo, Josh Mathers, Tom Hatton and Tommy King, along with the three-wheel warriors like Murray Stronach/Steve Marshall, Des Harvey/Ian Menmuir and young guns Graeme Evans/Jarrod Scott in action and it’s a day not to be missed. A number of classes feature on the day, commencing with the B Grade series race, followed by the entry level Production class for 250 to 390cc, Sidecars then the might of the Superbikes (1000cc) and Supersport (600cc) followed by the 2-stroke class of 125GP’s and the Clubman 600 to 1000cc Novice to C grade riders.
Many of the State’s Road Racers haven’t ridden since the closure of Barbagallo but many have ventured down to Collie on more than one occasion. In the Clubman Series there are several seasoned racers who haven’t ridden competitively since 2016 whilst the class has seven ‘Novice racers’ who have been riding at Collie, one of them Gavin Harvey made his debut last weekend in the Historic “Thunderbike Class” and came away with two wins from three starts.
So, get yourselves trackside at Collie Motorplex, Powerhouse Road for an action filled day of racing from some of the best in the State.
On Track activity commences 9.00am Sunday.
Story by John Innes
Photos: Leigh Boujos setting a new lap record for Collie track last Sunday