The Townsville Motorcycle Club is again holding its extremely popular and successful Ten-a-Team Challenge on the weekend of the 17 & 18 August 2018, the third time the club has hosted this event at its Lang Park complex at Woodstock, Townsville.
The event brings together juniors and seniors from all local clubs to the south and north to form teams of ten (juniors & seniors). The teams then race Dirt Track on the Saturday and Motocross on the Sunday, all in the name of fun.
While the team which crosses the line first may not necessarily be crowned the champion team of the event, major points and prizes are awarded to ‘the best team’. Teams can gain extra points from a variety of good deeds, such as nominating early, providing a volunteer for the meeting, best dressed, good sportsmanship, etc.
“We run this event to bring all the local clubs together,” said Club Race Secretary Christine Barton. “Our meeting includes racing dirt track on Saturday and motocross on Sunday, so it brings a lot of riders from different disciplines to the one meet, who may not otherwise have ever met. And where one rider may be a great dirt track rider, they may not do as well on the motocross track, and vice versa, so it can be a great leveler.
“We encourage all levels of (licenced, competent and safe) rider, and there are no machine restrictions for either DT or MX for this event – other than for obvious safety reasons – so bike setup is left up to the rider.
“Saturday is the Dirt Track part of the meet, starting at lunchtime and running into the early evening under lights. Sunday is an early morning start on the motocross track. We invite riders/teams/families to camp at the track, as camping is free and our canteen will be fully stocked both days.”
Both days will include novelty elements ie. Le Mans start, riders encouraged to decorate their bikes and dress up in team outfits, outfitting their pits with banners etc. The club has a few different tracks for dirt track, so the COC is known to change tracks midway through the event to mix things up.
Primarily it’s a FUN event, not for the serious racer. Riders love the banter between teams, especially in the week leading up to the event on social media. TMCC posts up the club team names with their Captains, so everybody knows what teams are competing.
If riders don’t have a team, the club is happy to appoint them to one.
“The meeting is all about having fun and coming together safely in a sport that we all love,” says Christine Barton. All details are available on the TMCC FB page and supplementary regs and nominations via RiderNet.