It was a complete change of scenery and terrain for the riders of the 2015 Shell Advance Sunshine State Series as they swapped the hard pack ruts of Roma to the sandy loam of Haworth Park, Leyburn for round two of the series on April 18 - 19.
Again, good rider numbers showed up on both days and despite the threat of rain, the weather remained dry and the track was in good shape.
Saturday again saw the junior riders competing as well as the Vets and the Women. The day was shortened to just two rounds due to a couple accidents throughout the day with the injury to Tristan Rayner the most serious and required urgent medical attention where he was air lifted to Gold Coast hospital.
Tristian’s injury does raise the subject of first aid in attendance of each meeting and the location of the venue with regards to further medical attention – ie. How close is the nearest ambulance or Hospital? This is a subject that needs to be discussed by MQ and all series coordinators and promoters.
On track, the action was as fast as ever with Hunter Lawrence taking the win in both the 15 years 250cc and the 13-15 years 125cc. Despite not feeling the best, Hunter was still in a class of his own and the real battles were happening behind him. Reece Rayner returned to form and rode well at a track that may have held nightmare for him. Just a year ago he was hurt at Leyburn, yet rode well on the weekend and deserved his good results.
The battles between Rayner, Billy Harth, Jesse Bishop and a host of others proves good racing in the older divisions.
Jake Williams was the man to beat in the 13-14 years 250cc and dominated with two impressive race wins. Bryce McLaughlin slotted into second place with Mason Rowe home in third.
It was Thomas McLaughlin that took the win in the 12-15 years 85cc ahead of Mitchell Dark in second and visiting NSW rider, Riley Dukes in third. This is still proving to be one of the most popular classes with two grids of riders competing at each of the two rounds so far.
The 9-11 years 85cc was all about Jett Lawrence who again motored off for two race wins. Levi Rogers claimed second place in a consistent days racing from Blake Hollis and Ricky Chalmers. Jett also claimed the win in the 10-12 years 65cc class while a count back was needed to settle the score in the 7-9 years 65cc with Jack Mather getting the nod over Cody Biscof thanks to a better result in the final moto.
Travis Regeling won the Vets and how he gets the motivation to race each weekend for the past 30 years is beyond me, with Chris Keegan in second while the girls’ class was once again dominated by Sarah Guthrie.
Sunday saw some extra water put on the track for the big boys and the sand a little deeper than the day before. With no MX National duties on the weekend, it was Nathan Crawford who took a comfortable win in the Pro Lites and Daniel Reardon who did the same in the Pro Open. One rider who seems to riding well on softer surfaces at the moment is Joel Evans who looks to have stepped up his game in 2015. Great stuff Joel.
The Intermediate Lites saw Toowoomba local Kaleb Barham take the win in another good performance and carrying on his form from the MX Nationals. Cooper Hay claimed second with Jye Zimmerman in third. The Intermediate Opens saw another Kaleb, get the win, this time it was Kaleb Treasure taking the big bore class.
The Clubmen classes saw Luke Clem win the Open division while Rhys Cutler won the Lites while the 125 race was won by Kerrod Morrissey.
All the results and the current points can be found at; www.mylaps.com
The third round of the championship will be at Coolum, picking up for the washout at round one. Entries are still open so get in there quick as this track is one of the best in the country.
Photo courtesy of Alan McIntosh Photography.