State Road Racing Championship Round 2

Sat, 7 Jul 2018

Photo credit: John Innes - Innesphotografix

The Motorcycle Racing Club of WA returns to the Collie Motorplex Circuit on Sunday August
5 for Round 2 of the Consent2Go State Road Racing Championships. The inaugural round 1
held back in April saw the Club run its first road race meeting at the Collie purpose-built
circuit and the first modern road race since the closure of Barbagallo back in 2016.

There will be five Championship classes represented, Superbike, Supersport 600, Sidecar, 125GP
and Production along with a B Grade Series and Clubman Class guaranteeing a full packed day of

In the State Superbike Championship Ben Stronach (VRT Signs YamahaR1) will be keen to retain
his lead in the Championship after three convincing straight wins at the opening round. Adam
Senior (Senior Engineering Yamaha R1) currently sits in 2nd position overall after two 2nds and a
third placing, battling it out with Leigh Boujos (JB Racing Yamaha) followed by Cameron Stronach
(C&S Mining Ducati Panagale) who managed to grab 3rd place in the final race of the day. Joel
Beard (HAF Plastering Kawasaki ZX10) returned to racing after a season or two’s break and
managed to take 5th place overall for the day just ahead of Tony Keogh (Kawasaki ZX10). Tim de
Bruyn (Razor Racing Kawasaki ZX10) leads the C Grade Superbike Series on equal points with
Rob Connaughton.

Brothers Leigh and Tim Boujos will be ones to watch having shared the victories at the opening
round in the Cully’s Yamaha Supersport Championship with Leigh on top of the leader board after
two wins and a fourth. Tim won the final race with two 2nds and sits just 2 points behind in the
Championship. Tommy King (Yamaha R6) had a good solid day with three third places to finish 3rd
overall and will be a threat if he keeps his consistency. Josh Mathers (JSM Construction Suzuki
GSX-R6) was looking good earlier in the day but after a fall in the first race at the final turn he now
sits 5th overall just one point behind David Carroll (Yamaha R6) in 4th. David also leads the C
Grade Supersport Series. Teenager Lachlan Hickey rode well to finish 6th overall ahead of Aaron
Linham, Nick Favazzo and Colum Reynolds.

In the 125GP two stroke Championship the return of Tommy Hatton (Hatton Racing Honda RS125)
gave Dave Manson (Honda RS125) some stiff competition with Hatton taking two of the three race
wins and Dave grabbing the first race win followed by two 2nds to Hatton. Teenager Scott Topping
rode well on a borrowed bike but had no answer to the two veterans. Hopefully the younger
generation of 125 riders in Topping and the Haines brothers can get up amongst the front runners
this coming round.

The Sidecar Championship class always presents plenty of on track action and round 2 will be no
different. Des Harvey/Ian Menmuir lead the Championship after a hard battle at the front with
Graeme Evans/ Jarrod Scott seeing several lead changes throughout all three races. Evans/Scott
secured three second places ahead of Mick Robbins/Karen Dore (F2 600), followed by brother and
sister team of Sam Watson/Gabrielle Watson (Watson Yamaha 600). This coming round will see
Murray Stronach and passenger Steve Marshal do everything in their power to battle it out with the
current front runners. After a strong pre-event practice, they were looking good for a podium finish
but in the qualifying session retired with engine problems and were sidelined for the day.

Round 2 will also see the return of Jero Joyce and passenger Corey Blackman plus another new
young team expected to enter the round is Bunbury based Dylan McDermott and passenger
Chelsea Leonard.

The Production State Championships has a good strong field of junior and senior competitors
competing on a mix of YZFR3 Yamahas, Kawasaki Ninja 300’s plus two KTM 373’s. Junior Callum
O’Brien (Banhams WA Yamaha YZF 321) has taken a hold on the Championship after three
unchallenged wins on the day ahead of two other juniors in Lachlan Keogh (Kawasaki Ninja 300)
and Bronson Pickett (M&B Rubbish Disposal Yamaha 321). Both O’Brien and Pickett have been
competing regularly in the Supersport Production class at national level and the experience shows.
In 4th place overall is senior rider Dean Taylor (ex supermoto champ) followed by Leslie McGrath
(UMC Consulting Yamaha), Colin Boujos (JB Racing Kawasaki 300) and Albany based Ian Fryer-
Smith (Five Star Yamaha 321) rounding out the top 7 places.

Several newcomers have joined the Chain Reaction Motorcycles Clubman Class this season with a
few more expected over the remaining rounds. Seasoned racers Sean McHale (Razor Racing
Honda CBR) and Jessica Boujos (JB Racing Triumph Daytona 675), Pascale De Roche
( Honda) and Nick Favazzo (Velocity Race Team Yamaha) all front runners
will need to keep an eye on newcomer Luke Carmona (Yamaha R6) who took the first race win at
Round 1. Another newcomer who also shone on the day – Lino Mazzali (Planet Honda CBR RR) is
a strong front runner finishing third overall at the opening round.

B Graders get to have their own race and Leigh Boujos (JB Racing Yamaha R6) has a good pace
early on this season pushed along by Terry Teo and Dave Carroll.

Get down to Collie on Sunday August 5 and see more trackside action at Round 2 of the
Consent2Go State Road Racing Championships.

The Collie Circuit is about a two and half hour drive South-East of the Perth CBD, a reasonable day
trip. Currently the Motorplex located on Powerhouse Road, just south of the town is under a
massive redevelopment with an extension to the short 1.610 metre track expected to be open later
this year.
August 5’s day starts with Practice at 9.00am and the first race of 19 events scheduled for

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