The second round Australian F1 and F2 Sidecar Championship took place over the weekend at Morgan Park and saw plenty of interesting surprises. The overall Round winners were Dave Boughen / Robbie Shorter for F1 and Richard and Scott Goodale for F2.
Saturday qualifying held very little surprises as local hot shot and reigning F1 Champion, Dave Boughen and Robbie Shorter managed to get pole position. Beside them on the grid and first F2 was Australia’s Isle of Man Superstars, Mick Alton and Chrissie Clancy. Howard Ford managed to impress with his new passenger, Damian Hoare in third place.
The first race got underway after a minor delay it was Boughen / Shorter who managed to lead from start to finish to claim the race with a three second advantage ahead of Alton / Clancy. The battle for third was a much less predictable affair, with Ford / Hoare managing to recover from a horrendous start to finish third ahead of Dan Keppell / Corey Turner and Brown / Sheldrick. Next over the line and second in F2 was the father and son team of Richard and Scott Goodale, who ran a very lonely race. After them was Patrick Clancy / Steve Bonney, also out on their own, ahead of Patrick's father John Clancy, with passenger Warren Grubb.
Simon Reynolds / Kathryn Warne suffered an unfortunate early exit after their sidecar lost power near the second last corner, while Matty McKinnon, with 2017 F1 champion passenger, Lok O'Kane didn't even make it onto the grid after electrical problems later traced to a loose connection.
Sundays racing featured beautiful Queensland weather, the warm sunshine providing the track with plenty of grip. Race Two saw pole sitters Dave Boughen / Robbie Shorter pull away into the lead but they wouldn’t have everything on their own terms. Howard Ford and Damian Hoare managing to push past them on several occasions. That only fired up Boughen, who managed to pull away to a nine and a half second gap. That electric pace was enough to secure the sidecar lap record. Second across the finish line was Ford / Hoare, followed by the first of the F2’s, Mick Alton and Chrissie Clancy who managed to pull off an early morning engine change prior to the race. Next was Keppel / Turner 25 seconds adrift. Second in F2s was Richard and Scott Goodale, 27 seconds behind the leaders and just ahead of Patrick Clancy and Steve Bonney.
The final sidecar race for the meeting again saw Boughen and Shorter lead for the fair majority of the race and take the win by seven and a half seconds from Ford / Hoare. Alton and Clancy were comfortably keeping up until an electrical fault on the third lap meant they would park on the infield. Next along were Brown / Sheldrick after pushing past Keppel / Turner and pulling a bit of a gap. On the last lap, Goodale / Goodale and Clancy / Bonney also got past Keppel / Turner.
At the end Boughen and Shorter took home not only pole, three race wins and the lap record, but also the 'Master of Morgan Park Trophy' and the 'Best Presented' award.
Round winners for F1 were: Boughen / Shorter.
Round winners for F2 were Goodale / Goodale.
The round was sponsored by Horsell Consulting.
The next round of the championship will be with the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK) at Winton Motor Raceway, 7-9 September.
Editorial by Jeff Brown
Photos courtesy of Gerry Murphy