The 2015 Pirelli Southern Downs Road Race Series has seen some amazing on track action and fantastic number of competitors. The level of competition is at an all time high, nearly every class has seen new lap records.
Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of November will be the last chance for competitors to show what they have learned over the year, at Round 5 of the Pirelli Southern Downs Road Race Series.
The Club Racer class with it’s relaxed no points format and the amazing First Timer offer has enabled many competitors to take their first steps in racing. Some of those may take the step to full competition in 2016, whilst others will continue to enjoy the racing environment that is the Club Racer class, spending time on track and making new friends that share their passion. While in a number of classes there are clear leaders, in some classes however the victor is not likely to be known until after the very last race on Sunday.
Factor in the extra excitement of this meeting being the culmination of the Queensland Road Race Championships for the Superbikes and Supersports in Formula 1 and Formula 2. With state titles up for grabs who will able to bring home the glory?
Motorcycle Sportsmen Vice President says entries are already out, so get your entries in now.
“We are continuing our first time racer deal, to enable riders who have never raced before take advantage of a fantastic deal, giving them three days on track from between $214 and $294 depending on licencing requirements,” says Dickson.
“The club racer class is a fantastic way to start racing, enabling riders to learn race craft without the pressure of racing for points.
“We also have a mentor on hand to answer any questions club racers have, as well as a special briefing to help prepare newcomers for their first race start.
“If you have ever thought motorcycle racing could be the sport for you, now is the time to find out!”
Club Racers Ashley Robinson and Phillip Casey (Photo: Osella Photographics)
Classes Competing at Round 5
• Formula 1 (Superbikes)
• Formula 2 (Supersport)
• Formula 3 (400cc and twin sport)
• Formula 4 (Up to 500cc, pre 1995)
• Formula 6 (Over 500cc, pre 2000)
• 250/300 Production
• Club Racer (introductory class, open to all bikes)
Joshua Cuming (#97) has one hand on the trophy, with a 61 point lead over Luke Cooper (#17). Joshua needs only finish in the top 5 each race to secure victory. Luke Cooper will need to finish every race strongly, while he has a 25 point buffer to Joseph Salter (#2), 25 points can be eaten into very quickly at the front of the field.
Formula 1 Competitor Steve Grant (Photo: Osella Photographics)
The top 2 in Formula 2, Troy Guenther (#65) and John Williams (#41) are separated by 60.5 points. A 115 point gap back to 3rd place Kane Burns (#30) means Troy and John will grace the top two steps regardless ,the question is in which order. Kane holds a 22.5 point lead over Callum Spriggs, so there could be fireworks as these two showed incredible pace and race craft at round 4.
Formula 3 leader Anthony Carroll (#4) will be looking to wrap up the series, currently enjoying a gap of 78 points, he can wrap up the series with 23 more points. Picking who will take home 2nd place will be a battle of the 650cc twin cylinder power employed by Mark ‘Lucky’ Gordon (#63) and the smooth 400cc V4 of Michael ‘Mojo’ Webb (#777). With only 5 points between them this is going to the wire!
250/300cc Production class sees Simon Dickson (#8) unbeaten this year, he has a solid 86 point lead on Glenn Chandler (#22) who will be doing everything he can to stop Simon making a perfect season. Matthew Bushell is a further 56 points behind Glenn, his spot on the podium is far from safe with Kieran McGeown a single point behind!
The Grand Prix bikes in the Moto3/125GP class sees the top step sewn up, with Brian Houghton (#17) the old master having amassed a 112 point lead over Sarah Fairbrother (#14) and Johan van Munster (#39) who share second, it will be a battle of the Moriwaki’s. Tayla Relph (#28) only 22 points behind, she will be looking to eclipse the pair of them!
Anthony Carroll (#4) is dominating the Formula 4 field, entering the final round with a 66 point lead over Simon Dickson (#8), the fast starting Michael ‘Mojo’ Webb (#777) trails by 20 points, a couple of race wins going the right way could easily swap 2nd and 3rd places.
The top 3 in Formula 6 are decided with 112 points separating third and fourth positions. Who claims which step of the dias is to be confirmed. Michael Mercer (#20) holds a 63 point lead over Richard Farquharson (#570) who in turn has 42 points in hand to Gary Naysmith (#114).
The Supermoto class has been by far the least predictable, every round has seen a different victor! As we head into the final round the top 3 are separated by a measly 10 points! Adam Griffin (#75) holds a slim 8 point lead over Yosuke Kawamura (#37), 2 points adrift is Nicholas Shields (#227). Round 5 is going to contain plenty of hold your breath moments as the Supermoto riders push to the limits on bitumen and dirt!
The teaming of David Boughen and Lok O’Kane (#82) are yet to be beaten on a Sidecar this season, they only require 5 more points to cement their name as 2015 Champions, however expect them to strive for a perfect season! Behind them the action heats up, 3 teams with only 23 points! David Buxton and Keith Hoare (#95) are holding second place, however Darren and Stephen Ford (#103) are snapping at their heals only 11 points between them! Richard and Scott Goodale are a further 12 points behind but will be looking to continue their strong results from round 4 and get onto the podium.
Formula 3 competitor Michael Webb (Photo: Osella Photographics)
Round 5 is set to be a stunning end to an exciting season. In a year that has seen lap records in a number of classes fall, the competition has never been tighter! Entry is free, so jump in the car or hop on a bike and get out to Morgan Park Raceway, in Warwick and enjoy a great day out, and get involved in the parade if you’re on a bike.
It’s a lovely ride/drive over the range if you hail from Brisbane, the Gold or Sunshine Coasts. We welcome you to walk around the pits and meet the guys and girls that have a passion for racing! There is a canteen on site with great value food and cold drinks.
Qualifying kicks off at 8:30am on Saturday morning, while racing commences after lunch, ending around 4pm. Sunday has racing all day from 8:30am till 4pm. Scotty Mackellar will be on the microphone calling the action and keeping you informed. See you out there!