Racers shape up in championships’ first round

Top: Cameron Stronach leads the superbike class. |Above: Sam Clarke leads the supersport. Pictures: Simon D Phillips.
Top: Cameron Stronach leads the superbike class. |Above: Sam Clarke leads the supersport. Pictures: Simon D Phillips.

The 18-year-old started the class with a second place finish, despite claiming the fastest lap, but went on to win the next two races to be top of the ladder on 70 points, closely followed by New Zealander Adam Chambers and Thyron Van Vuuren.

Season newcomer Jack Twisse took three straight wins in the supersport C grade series.

In the superbike class, 2013 reigning champion Cameron Stronach used his home track advantage to win all three races to top the opening round ahead of Anthony McFadden and fellow local rider Ralph Mammoliti.

Long time rider Colin Cameron won the superbike C grade series with two wins and a second ahead of local rider Daniel Chadbund, who set a new C grade rider record for Barbagallo road racing completing his last lap in 58.77 seconds with an average speed of 148.47km/h.

Nicky Weightman came third. Graham Jeans won the 125 GP division with a win and two seconds to sit 10 points ahead of teenager Nathan Smith with Peter McFarlane four points behind in third, while in the B grade series, Leigh Boujos is leading the competition.

In the sidecar championship, there was a mix of Formula 1 1000cc and Formula 2 600cc outfits with last year’s runners-up Jero Joyce and Corey Blackman taking both wins for the day, followed by Murray Stronach and Darryl McLeod in second and Micky Robbins and Karen Dore in third.

Many new riders started their seasons in the clubman class with Byron Ellement, Andrew Biffen and Chris Martin taking the top three spots in the 600cc while Michael Lustig, David Rowles and Mike Howden rounded out the 1000cc.

Both Ellement and Lustig will now move out of clubman into the supersport and superbike classes.

This year’s five-round championship includes a new four-stroke 250 production series with newly engaged Jessica Derrin taking top spot closely followed by her fianc´┐Ż Tim Boujos and his dad Colin Boujos.

The second round of competition is this Sunday with racing from 11.45am. To print a two-for-one pass, go to tinyurl.com/mecpurg.