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Australian Sidecarcross Association Titles
Naracoorte MCC hosted the two day meeting on November 6th and 7th which produced some of the best sidecar racing seen for a long time. Club members had put in many hours of work to get the track and facilities in tip-top condition for the major meeting on the ASA calendar.
The meeting was conducted with five heat races for each class with three on the Saturday and two on Sunday and several classes produced a cliff-hanger finish decided only in the last heat and once again the commentary team of Murray Williams and Roger Greenhalgh kept the large crowd both entertained and informed.
The Peewee Sidecars were represented by four young teams who put on an impressive demonstration, especially popular with the kids in the crowd. Elouise Dohse/Nicholas Glazbrook, Tianna Dohse/Jamie Heidenreich, Hugh Evans/Jackson Kurtz and Rachel Robinson/Cameron Cowie all put in some good rides on the long and demanding circuit.
Junior Sidecars were absolutely sensational with titanic battles all the way down through the field. After four heats the brother and sister combo of Louis and Ayla Plowman had just got the better of Lara Wedge/Teagan Hartwig but with the point scores very close it was basically down to the last heat to see who would take the title. Louis and Ayla charged to the front on their mighty CR 80, but coming off the berm onto the main straight the pair upended their outfit in spectacular fashion and by the time they had sorted themselves out most of the field had flown passed. Louis and Ayla then rode their hearts out in a gutsy effort to pick the field off one by one and on the last lap passed two more outfits to elevate themselves to second place behind Lara and Teagan which secured the title for the very happy Plowman's. Lara and Teagan rode extremely well to grab second overall and young Alex Heidenreich with Tequilla Morris in the chair gained 3rd with some excellent gating and consistent riding. Tequilla replaced regular passenger Luke, who had broken his wrist playing soccer during the week! All the other competitors should be proud of their efforts with some very exciting racing on display.
The Pre 68's only had three competitors, but in actual fact probably provided some of the most fascinating racing over the weekend. In the end Lee Banks/Malcolm Sutton on the mighty Norton pipped Rocky Warren/Shayne Carter BSA with Robert/Alex Coates on another Beeza third. All three shared the lead at different stages and a real cat and mouse game was played out as the old outfits wheezed and snorted their way around the track.
Pre 75's developed into a two horse race for top honours between reigning champs Brett Dobie/Aaron Hartwig Yamaha Wasp and young challengers Matt Maloney/Jake Madden on their awesome sounding Yammy Wasp. The guys had some good battles and unfortunately in heat 3 Matt upended the Wasp to end his day disappointed. However the Maloney/Madden team threw everything at their more experienced opponents on Sunday but just couldn't quite match the speed of the local man. Taking a well deserved third place was Victorian visitor Jeff Boyle with Chris Cowie in the chair. SA Champs Glen Wundenberg/Shane Parks had gear lever/shaft problems which eventually put them out. Parksy put this disappointment behind him with another impressive air guitar display on Sunday night which I'm sure would have got him a finals appearance on the X-Factor. Others to do very well were Ian/Ben Plowman on the Beemer, Ross Beckmann/Michael Quigley on their big Kwacka and Robert/Alex Coates on a fearsome looking and sounding Harley 1300.
The Pre 85's were completely dominated by the big EML Yamaha ridden by the SA Champions in Rocky Warren/Shayne Carter. Rocky has been trying for a while but this was his year and with Shayne not putting a foot wrong in the chair the guys were unbeatable. Brett Dobie's passenger Suzie Sims unfortunately cracked a bone in her forearm on landing from a jump which put them out on Saturday. Yogi Drewett/Ben Gerrits took second place on their Yamaha 500 Wasp with father and son first year team of Gary and Dale Payne on a Yammy 650 taking third. Gary was justifiable proud of their efforts and this capped off an enjoyable season for the boys.
The Pre 90's is a new class introduced to cater for the range of chassis available at this time and will be a great cheaper alternative to get into sidecar motocross, either for juniors stepping up, or for a team wanting to race modern without the expense of a 'brand newey'. Martyn Wedge has purchased the ex Clint Grabham KX 500 EML for his daughter Lara to ride next year and put it to good use with a great win in the class with passenger Tom Lang. Martyn certainly showed he knows how to punt a sidecar around the track and showed a clean pair of heels to Jeff Boyle/Chris Cowie KX 500 and father and son duo Ian/Ben Plowman having a ball on their Kawasaki as well. The Pre 90's were run with the B Grade Modern class which produced some exciting battles. The top B Grader was the SA Title winning team of Kym Menadue/Damien Parbs WSP Husaberg who will now look to next season with confidence to mix it with the A Graders. 2nd was Kym's brother Greg with Adam Lange in the chair on a VMC Husqvarna. Greg and Adam were circulating at a nice pace and are gaining in confidence every ride. Kristy Schultz/Courtenay Warren on the ex Mark Launer BSU KTM looked the goods and ended up in 3rd spot.
The Road Trials class was once again blitzed by the very quick Jeremy Harris/Courtenay Warren on the KTM. These guys gated beautifully and were never headed. Their main challengers were Wundy and Parksy on their VMC Honda who are riding as well as ever to take 2nd place and 3rd went to Mark Potter/Steve Martin on their Suzuki Wasp.
The A-Grade Modern class provide plenty of action and drama with the title coming down to the last heat race. Brett and Hamish Dobie led the way with two wins on their MEFO Jawa on Saturday. Heat 1 saw Dave Manuel/Tyson Rohrlach holeshot but coming off the berm onto the start straight Dave got real sideways and locked the MEFO KTM up and spat themselves off. By the time they got going again it was always going to be hard work to regain the lead, and the pace was a cracker with Brett and Hamish coming home in front of Greg/Neale Anthony MEFO Honda. With heat 2 later in the day proving a dusty affair the organisers pushed heat 3 to first race in the morning, which proved to be a good call, with the track being well watered overnight and some showers (and hail) helped Sunday morning.
What a race this proved to be with an absolute freight train of sidecars rocketing around the track. The Anthony brothers took the lead with Clint Grabham/Wayne Muir VMC Zabel going right over the top of one of the right hand berms in the middle of the track, rejoining the race quickly. Adam and Bradley Brook VMC Husaberg were right in the mix with Dave Manuel/Tyson Rohrlach, Brett and Hamish Dobie, Trevor and Brian Anthony EML Kawasaki, Aaron Schmidt/Jamie Banks VMC KTM and Adrian Rohrlach/Lachlan Greenhalgh BSU KTM (stepping up to A Grade) all giving everything they had. More excitement was to come as Clint Grabham coming off the back straight jump had to radio through to the airport control tower next door to get landing permission he was coming down from such a height. As the race drew to a close Brett and Hamish demolished the top lip on the berm heading on to the straight and tumbled over the edge in spectacular fashion. The Anthony brothers on their Honda took the honours from Dave and Tyson with the Brook brothers a fighting third. More drama unfolded in heat 4 when the Dobies broke a chain tow-starting the Jawa and not having time to replace it the field left the start gates without him. Also not at the gates was Aaron Schmidt whose stand in passenger Jamie Banks had had enough. (who can blame him) with the 15 minute + 1 lap motos taking their toll.
The final heat was another pearler with Dave Manuel/Tyson Rohrlach taking the win, but second placed Greg and Neale Anthony took the overall which was thoroughly deserved. The lads had finished last years Aussie Titles very battered and bruised after a nasty crash, and Neale actually suffered a very serious neck injury. To come back from this and show the form we know they are capable of was brilliant to see, and the investment in the MEFO chassis coupled with the CR 500 powerplant has now certainly paid dividends.
The Australian Sidecarcross Association certainly owes a huge thankyou to Brett Dobie and his fellow Naracoorte MCC members for their hosting of this years title. Our major sponsors were Pioneer International Solar Powered Air Conditioning and Menadue Constructions, GA and KA Menadue Carpentry Contractors. Many local businesses supported the event in including Vans Automotive, MAK Maintenance, JP and HA Bunnik Builders, Norman's Carpets and Canopies, Naracoorte Motorcycle and Mowers, Henschke Industries, Jim's Chainsaw and Mower Repairs, Naracoorte Motorcycle Club, Retravision Naracoorte and Hydraulics Plus.
Thank you everyone for your support and we will see everyone raring to go with an exciting season planned for 2011!
Report Courtesy of Nigel Evans.
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ASA State Title Round 5
An air of anticipation hung over the Acusa Park pits with all ASA State Champions to be decided over the last round of racing at the Levis MCC's magnificently prepared track. The combination of classic solos competing for their SA Titles and a healthy turnout of sidecars made for a wonderful days racing in bright sunshine.
The Peewee Sidecars kicked off the event with a demonstration of young talent. Eloise Dohse/Nicholas Glazbrook, Tianna Dohse/Tristan Barratt and Hugh Evans/Jackson Kurtz gave a terrific display for the crowd and the younger spectators got high fives from the passengers as the little sidecars came along the return chute to the pits.
Next up in the outfits were the mighty junior crews with Lara Wedge/Teagan Hartwig taking the honours on the day and also claiming the No 1plate for the series. Louis and Ayla Plowman won heat 3 in a great tussle, to gain 2nd overall in the championship. Louis and Ayla seized their CR 80 in Heat 1 and had to do a quick engine change from Ayla's solo with all hands on deck to get the job done. The young Heidenreich brothers took second on the day and 5th in the series and are definitely going places. Damien Telke and Guy Hewton-Lamph rode well to grab 3rd on the day with Alex Rehn/Scott Daken, Daniel and Ashley Ball and young Alex Wait/Tarja Morris all providing some exciting racing. Alex and Scott finished third overall in well deserved effort.
The Pre-75 chargers were down in numbers but soon won the respect of the crowd with some stirring manoeuvres. Glen Wundenberg/Shane Parks Honda JSC 550 rode probably their best all year and circulated very quickly to take the honours on the day. More importantly this gave them the SA Title win with some consistent riding all year. Second on the day was the mighty Norton of Lee Banks/Malcolm Sutton with Ian/Ben Plowman on the BMW third just edging out Ross Beckmann/Michael Quigley Kawasaki 1000.
The Pre-85's had an excellent turnout and provided some top class action but after the dust had settled Rocky Warren/Shayne Carter EML Yamaha had once again clean sheeted the opposition with three out of three. This gave Rocky and Shayne a well deserved win in the
SA Title being unbeaten over the five round series. Darren Williams/Dave Tomlinson made an appearance on the late Steve Smith's beautiful Norton Wasp and had some good battles with Rocky with Darren still getting used to the right hand gear change. Yogi Drewett had Duncan Greenhalgh in the chair for his first try at motocross sidecar racing. Duncan is the brother of Lachlan Greenhalgh, Adrian Rohrlach's passenger and normally is found riding a moto-trials sidecar. Yogi took 2nd in the SA Title with Kristy Schultz/Courtenay Warren filling 3rd place over the five rounds. Callum Hewton-Lamph/Brad Rehn showed some bursts of speed on their TT 600 along with the old stager Len Burman/Alan Davidson who managed to end up upside down in one race. I don't know if Len was limping more before or after the crash with his 'old sidecar rider's knees'. Gary and Dale Payne rode well again to finish a great debut season and wrapping up 5th overall in the Pre-85's on their Yammy 650.
The Moderns were unfortunately were missing our regular Victorian competitors and Naracoorte rider Brett Dobie saving themselves for the National Titles and regular John Robinson after breaking a collar bone in a practice crash at Gillman
Dave Manuel/Tyson Rohrlach blitzed the opposition on their MEFO KTM 610 with another classy display to secure the win on the day. The main two title contenders Adam/Bradley Brook VMC Husaberg 650 and Aaron Schmidt with fill-in passenger Jamie Banks had a ding dong battle but the Brook brothers reigned supreme and took the overall win with some very fast and consistent riding all year. Aaron on his VMC KTM 580 has had two fill in passengers this season with regular swinger Bradley Fry unavailable due to work commitments and has done extremely well in tough circumstances.
Both teams should be congratulated on their professionalism and presentation and they are certainly continuing to lift the standard of sidecar racing in SA.
The B Grade Moderns showed some real gutsy racing with Adrian Rohrlach/Lachlan Greenhalgh on their rapid BSU KTM just shading Kym Menadue/Damien Parbs WSP Husaberg. Not far off the pace on their nice looking VMC Husky were Greg Menadue/Adam Lange who are improving every race
Kym and Adrian have had a titanic battle all year with Kym just grabbing the overall and if these two continue to improve at this rate we are going to see some colossal racing in the Moderns next season.
Road Trials were strongly represented and just as Dave Manuel dominated the Moderns so too did the young guns Max/Sam Hutchesson on their Porteous framed KTM, These lads showed some genuine speed and to top their day off got 2nd in the Sidecar Spectacular executing a beaut inside pass on the Brook brothers with two corners to go. Kristy Schultz had a good debut on the ex Mark Launer BSU KTM with Duncan Greenhalgh doing the honours in the chair. Roger Greenhalgh/Lachlan Greenhalgh the father/son team made their motocross debut together with Roger showing some clever passing moves on the VMC Yamaha 450 to gain a 3rd place on the day against strong opposition. Tom Lang/Craig Webber also put in a solid days work on their older Yamaha 600.The ASA Road Trials Series was clinched by the Pre-75 champs Glen Wundenberg/Shane Parks on their Honda VMC 450 with Jeremy Harris/Courtenay Warren gaining a well deserved second overall, taking three series wins but unfortunately not riding in Round 1 down at Naracoorte. Mark Potter/Steve Martin were successful in taking 3rd overall scoring consistently in every round.
Overall another successful days racing on the loamy Levis track and combined with the knowledgeable commentating of Murray Williams made for a successful finish to the SA series. Congratulations must go to all placegetters but just as importantly to all competitors who supported sidecar motocross by having a ride during the season.
See you all at Naracoorte on November 6th/7th for the finale to the season the ASA National Titles.
Report Courtesy of Nigel Evans.
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ASA State Title Round 4
The Motocross Riders Association of South Australia hosted Round 4 at Heini Becker Motorsport Park, Gillman, only 15 km from the CBD of Adelaide. The track has existed since the early 1980's and is situated next door to the Gillman speedway complex. After a week of heavy rain the track had some heavy sections in the low lying areas to test riders wet weather skills! With the sun shining on a beautiful late winters day practice got underway and the outfits were returning to the pits covered in mud after squirming through the soft stuff and as always picking the right line was going to be crucial to a good result.
The Modern A's were dominated by Dave Manual/Tyson Rohrlach MEFO KTM winning all three legs with a polished display of sidecar racing. Dave has been concentrating on Road Trials this season with passenger Tony Tscharke, while Tyson swings for Mark Launer MEFO KTM in the long distance events and came home in first place in this years 24 Hour Trial. Dave obviously still knows his way around a motocross track and with Tyson certainly gets the job done with the powerful 610 KTM. John Robinson/Chris Cowie MEFO KTM gained second place in every leg with some fast gating and consistent riding, closely followed by Aaron Schmidt/Bradley Fry VMC KTM, the Brook brothers VMC Husaberg, Clint Grabham/Wayne Muir VMC Zabel and the Anthony brothers MEFO Honda. The latter four combinations all swapped placings at various stages in some tight contests. The Victorian competitors in Clint, Wayne and the Anthony family members must be commended on their commitment to sidecar racing as each meeting they face a ten hour drive each way to attend the South Australian rounds. Who is going to finish in first overall is anyones guess with five outfits still in a position to take the crown at next months final round.
The Modern B's battle for top honours between Kym Menadue/Damien Parbs WSP Husaberg and Adrian Rohrlach/Lachlan Greenhalgh BSU KTM continued in earnest with Kym upending his outfit on a tight right hander in leg one enabling Adrian and Lachie to streak away for the win. Kym and Damien fought back to win the next two legs but the overall went to the Rohrlach/Greenhalgh combo by the narrowest of margins. Third place went to Martyn Wedge/Tom Lang on the ex Clint Grabham Kawasaki 500. Martyn is the father of top junior prospect Lara and has purchased the Kawasaki as one possible option for Lara to ride in senior competition next season and being no slouch himself rode very smartly with Tom to finish in front of Greg Menadue/Adam Lange VMC Husqvarna who are improving with every race.
The Road Trials class was again dominated by the flying KTM of Jeremy Harris/Courtenay Warren with three from three followed by Glen Wundenberg/Shane Parks VMC Honda with the Mark Potter/Steve Martin team taking third. Having his first ride in the series was Jason Whitfield and Robert Paine on the JSC Honda.
The look of the Pre-75 start line was a little different to normal with the Evans/Kurtz team watching from the sidelines nursing injuries and unbelievably in practice the lead point scorer Brett Dobie blew a head gasket and was out for the day! The Plowman's, father and son Ian and Ben then proceeded to victory with some great riding on their big BMW in a titanic tussle with Glen Wundenberg/Shane Parks JSC Honda 550. Both teams had a win each and in the last race unfortunately Wundy and Parksy came to a halt amid a great plume of smoke as some wiring burnt through on the motor! The fault was quickly rectified with a twitch together with hot fingers but the roaring Beemer was long gone for a well deserved victory. Series co-sponsor Ross Beckmann with Michael Quigley gained their first podium finish on their awesome sounding Kawasaki 1000. Motocross racing can throw up some surprises and after the events of Morgan and Gillman Wundy holds a hard earned 10 point lead over Brett Dobie/Aaron Hartwig going into the last round at Acusa Park, with the Plowman's in third, giving rise to a thrilling title chase in October
ASA President Rocky Warren with Shane Carter EML Yamaha continues to blitz the Pre-85 class, although he did have a slight scare in race two when holeshot queen Kristy Schultz with Rocky's daughter Courtenay in the chair held first place for half a lap until a gentlemanly pass dispatched the girls to second place. Kristy and Courtenay rode extremely well to grab second overall on the day. Unluckily Brett Dobie/Suzie Sims had to sit out the Pre-85's with the Wasp sidelined and the other main player Yogi Drewett had a quiet day by his standards with a fill in passenger. However Yogi is the only rider with a mathematical chance of toppling Rocky for the title in this class and with Ben Gerrits back in the chair it will be all systems go. Gary Payne with son Dale continued to battle manfully on their big Yamaha after tasting dirt at the end of the main straight and also supporting the class were Jason Whitfield/Robert Paine on the JSC Yamaha with some gutsy rides.
The Junior class were always up against it with the early boggy conditions and later some deep ruts forming but all rode extremely well in a terrific showcase of our junior talent. Brother and sister Louis and Ayla Plowman on a Honda CR 80 finished ahead of Lara Wedge/Teagan Hartwig Kawasaki 100 by just one point in a great display of racing. Both these combinations show a high level of rider/passenger teamwork and it is a real pleasure watching them negotiate the rough stuff at high speed. Oh to be young again, I noticed Louis after racing still having plenty of energy for a kick and catch with the lads in the pits and Ayla also rode in the solo support races! In third place were up and comers Alex and Luke Heidenreich. At 12 and 11 years old the boys have their best racing in front of them and are already improving at a rapid rate. Other competitors were Daniel/Ashley Ball, Mitchell Sims/Hannah Gray, Damien Telke/Guy Hewton-Lamph, Alex Wait/Tarja Morris and Alex Rehn/Scott Daken. Unfortunately young Alex and Tarja were bucked off with Alex and Scott right behind in hot pursuit and all were involved in a nasty looking crash. Alex and Tarja were taken to hospital for a checkup and thankfully are both O.K apart from being very sore. It is certainly a tough way to have a couple of days off school!
The Pee-Wees were sent on a modified course to avoid the ruts which would have swallowed them, and all teams rode well. After some good battles between the youngsters the Tiana Dohse/Tristan Barret team came out tops over the Evans/Kurtz combo and Elouise Dohse/Nicholas Glazbrook were third after sitting out the third heat after a big day, with Elouise competing in the solo Pee-Wees as well.
The ASA extends a huge thanks to Mick Potter and the MRA for all their work in hosting this event at their facility at Gillman. The track is available for practice at various times and the club website www.mra.net.au contains all the details. Well with one round to go it is going to be an exciting finale to the South Australian championship because every single class is still to be decided on the day and with a break in the calendar gives everyone a chance to do some maintenance ready for Round 5 followed closely by our ASA National Titles at Naracoorte. See you all at Acusa Park on October 24th where the Levis MCC will host some top class sidecarcross racing.
Report Courtesy of Nigel Evans.
VMXWA 15th Anniversary Scramble August 2010
The camp sites were full and pit lane a squeeze with as many pre75 outfits (11) and solos as the Dandaloo Park grounds could fit in. Everyone has many a yarn to tell including those that came to visit for memories sake or be part of this pre75 racing event. Ours is one of many of those as written below.
Three rounds of practice were held on Friday with racing on Saturday and Sunday. Some of the riders in the list above also ride solos in more than one class. I reckon these guys are pretty fit for their ages.
The practice sessions on Friday were pretty low key, with only a couple of outfits getting out to checkout the conditions. This event had a number of international visitors and it was interesting to note that the South Africans have never witnessed MX sidecars in their country, so the opportunity to participate in the practice session was not missed. The Norton Wasp outfit of the Melvin team provided the opportunity for Evan Pretorius of South Africa to sample the physical torment of providing ballast for an outfit as well as the enjoyment of "pulling the string". Sandy Wicks (yep that's a female Sandy) took up the opportunity to pilot the Dillon outfit, with Robert Dillon providing the coaching and passenger services. Both picked up the skills like naturals, although it took Sandy a while to work out that the rider also needs to do some leaning to keep it on the straight and narrow. Both remarked that the experience was one they will never forget.
Saturday morning saw the track a little damp and slippery, but never the less perfect for the beginning of a great weekend. The full compliment (but one) made the start line for the first event, which was dominated from the onset by the MacDonald outfit. The Norton of the Melvin team was in hot pursuit until electrical gremlins stopped their race. The Povee / William's Wasp and the Johnson/Henare machines provided close competition throughout the race.
With seven outfits on the line for the last race on the program for Saturday. Gary Johnston/Laith Henare on the newly built red rocket Yamaha 850 set up a 400 metre lead on Cliff Cook/Neal Fletcher on their Yamaha/Wasp 850 on the first lap with the MacDonald machine close on "Cookies" heals. Cliff Cook an outfit pilot of the 80's has returned to the fold and after the initial "running in period" is showing clear evidence of his past talents. The race concluded with the team of Gary Johnston / Laith Henare placing first. The Cook/ Fletcher outfit succumbed to the pressures of Peter and David MacDonald to take out third with Irving and Harron holding out Povee /Williams for the day's conclusion. Ryan Fanderlinden escaped with little more than a blood nose after loosing his footing landing from a high speed back straight jump in front of the Melvin Norton. Amazingly Wayne Fanderlinden managed to keep the outfit from tipping when he committed to the left hander at the end of the straight and gracefully exited the track into the scrub. The Melvin teams race was done as they stopped to assist the shaken and wobbly Fanderlinden.
Sunday dawned a cooler day than the very warm Saturday. A little less water and no dust for the track, yippee. The roar through Dandaloo Park track attracted the crowds with spectator numbers growing. People where everywhere trying to get a view. The local kids perched on the rocks around the track getting an eye full of sidecars and Loving it. Why is it that the crowd always seems to swell to the track side when the sidecars get out there? It's because they wish they could have a go too...
The Melvin outfit retired for the day with repair and gremlin issues along with a full solo program. However the rest of the field remained and the enthusiasm high. The outfits were lined up and the rubber band start was used. The deceptive red rocket of Johnston/Henare was out first into the long sweeping first corner (nothing like an ex sand drag engine for grunt), to establish a small but well fought gap from Peter (father) and Dave(son) McDonald and the orange #95 of Steven Povee/Aaron Williams.
With #8 not coming around for the last lap board, it was a whole new ball game of chase and pass. Chequed flag went to #25 second #95 with Fanderlinden team claiming third place. The rest of the field didn't return from over the back, the ambulance had disappeared to assist. This ended up being a good outcome.
The second Sunday race gave more old fuzzy feelings back to the #32 Cliff Cook/Neal Fletcher Yamaha/Wasp 850; though Neil is only new to the game I believe this was his third event. These guys had #8 McDonalds boys on there tail and in hot pursuit was,#32,95,13,26,51 Andrew Irving/Robert Harron Yamaha/Johnson 650cc,61,242 and 114. It's always attractive to watch all four striped black and white Beagle Boy jerseys on in this race. The outfits here in the west would win a color coordinated fashion show some race days. # 61 Peter Baker/Shane O'Keefe Suzuki/JohnsonT500 flipped onto her right side in the fourth corner with 242 passenger quickly lifting the motor side from Peters pinned body, before doing more injury-good leverage with the bar work. Everyone involved dusted themselves of and continued racing on with #13 Adam Fanderlinden/Benn Fanderlinden Yamaha/Johnson 650 placed a hard ridden second here.
Third race #28 on the program... Holshot and into the corner was 8,32,95 with midfield four wide into the the long sweeper, with the speed on this sweeper it was good to see no one ended up in the scrub. Apparently back in the day the drop gates at the grid got taken out due to the speed of this starting straight. The old AJS/CZ/HD and the like would have been hooting down there. I suppose that's why there is way less fatalities these days as the rule and regulations are striker on the track speed of venue tracks. After watching four wide into the above mentioned sweeper I had my heart in my mouth or eyes shut (can't remember) as it was white hot, close action for me to report on. I think some days they have a mind set that there is a big fat 10k cheque at the end of the days racing-which of course is only in ya dreams. Would be nice though. Placings #8,# 26 Wayne Fanderlinden/Ryan Fanderlinden Yamaha/Wasp 750 and #95.
Sidecar last Race #35 for the 15th Anniversary weekend saw #25 Gary Johnston/Laith Henare Yamaha/Legend/Wasp 850 return after skipping race 17 & 28.The Cook team was out of this race so the leads changed for the hard fighting McDonalds. Gary made the most of his new chair power and had a good lead from #8 for two laps. Third and fourth positions racing was between #13 Adam Fanderlinden/Benn Fanderlinden Yamaha/Johnson 650 and Steven Povee/Aaron Williams Yamaha/Wasp 840.Over the back of the track #25 lost his position to #8.
While #51 Andrew Irving/Robert Harron Yamaha/Johnson 650cc lost his seat for the second time, which very well may have end up with a some serious kind of bad monkey butt.
Other weary outfit/solo riders running mid pack and enjoying the comradeship of the whole vmx weekends racing were #114 Luke Boston/Jamie Harris Yamaha/Johnson 750 and Sarah Dillon/Robert Dillon on a Kawasaki/Wasp 500.
Another brilliant weekend at VMX
See you at the next one.
Report Courtesy of Steven and Alison WA.
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ASA State Title Round 3
Morgan MCC hosted Round 3 at their motocross complex on the outskirts of the town of Morgan on the River Murray. Morgan used to be a thriving riverport in the days of the paddle steamers but now is mainly a popular holiday and weekend destination for waterskiers and fishing. The motocross track is situated on the site of the former Morgan Mile Longtrack which saw many spectacular races in its heyday in the 70's and 80's.
Raceday dished up Melbourne like weather - four seasons in one day! After a freezing cold start the sun eventually poked through and to top off the weather variations it poured with rain as the water truck was combating the dust at the lunchtime break!
The modern sidecars on the fast and smooth Morgan track were exciting to watch with some serious battling for positions going on in all three heats. Coming out on top was the young gun Aaron Schmidt with fill in passenger for the day in Smiley Schultz. Smiley did a fantastic job with regular passenger Bradley Fry unavailable due to a Country Fire Service training commitment. Aaron had to come from behind in a couple of races with wily campaigner John Robinson /Chris Cowie MEFO KTM outgating the field. Ever improving Adam and Bradley Brook on their immaculate VMC Husaberg took overall second place with Robbo and Chris in third. Always in the hunt were the Anthony brothers MEFO Honda, Clint Grabham/Nigel Coe VMC Zabel, Brett Dobie /Aaron Hartwig MEFO Jawa and Trevor Anthony/Brian Anthony EML Kawasaki.
The B Grade moderns continue to excel with Kym Menadue/Damien Parbs WSP Husaberg just grabbing the overall win from Adrian Rohrlach/Lachlan Greenhalgh BSU KTM and Neale Anthony/Brian Anthony MEFO Honda. Well done to newcomers to the series in Greg Menadue/Adam Lange VMC Husqvarna who rode well while sorting a few issues with their new bike and Pre 75 rider Jeff Boyle/Dale Payne on Trevor Anthony's Kwacka.
The Road Trials class saw Mr. Consistent Jeremy Harris with passenger Courtenay Warren dominate the day with maximum points followed closely by Wundy and Parksy and the smooth sounding Suzuki 1000 of Mark Potter/Steve Martin.
Pre 85 action was thick and fast with the beautiful sounding Yamaha twins of Rocky Warren/Shane Carter and Brett Dobie/Suzie Sims reliving those days of old. Rocky took the chequered flag for three out of three and now is the only rider in the series to be undefeated. Brett and Suzie on their trusty Wasp were second and Yogi and Ben were third with ultra keen Kristy Schultz/Courtenay Warren JSC Honda in fourth.
The Pre 75 class saw Brett Dobie and Nigel Evans take a win each but heat 3 was Nigel's undoing clipping the JSC Honda of Glen Wundenberg/Shane Parks exiting Turn 1 and sending the BFC Honda 420 into a heavy highside. Nigel and passenger Peter Kurtz were taken to hospital with Nigel suffering a broken hand and top of fibula and heavy bruising with Kurtzie battered and bruised. Luckily Wundy and Parksy fared better with Parksy apparently going higher than Joe Cocker (quote Rex Hunt) as they tipped over! Brett Dobie/Aaron Hartwig took a well deserved win overall from the Plowman's on their BMW and Victorian visitor Jeff Boyle with Dale Payne in the chair. Ross Beckmann/Michael Quigley on the big Kawasaki look like they are well on the way to taming that monster!
The Junior sidecars always produce the goods and again the dynamic duo of Lara Wedge/Teagan Hartwig took the honours this time defeating up and coming youngsters Alex and Luke Heidenreich from Alex Rehn/Scott Daken. Lara's dad Martin is always busy with the spanners as Lara and Teagan extract everything the KX 100 has to offer, as everyone knows in motocross you have to first finish to finish first.
The Pee-wee sidecars offer a great experience for the youngsters to get some laps in in front of appreciative spectators and the nippy KTM of Elouise Dohse/Nicholas Glazbrook was too good for the Yamaha of Tiana Dohse/Tristan Barret with third place going to Hugh Evans/Jackson Kurtz who stayed on three wheels unlike their fathers.
Thanks to Morgan MCC for hosting a great round of sidecar racing, with the next event being held at Gillman on the 29th of August. Good Luck to sidecar stalwart Trevor Anthony and his passenger nephew Brian Anthony as they head to England to compete in the prestigious international meeting the Ken Hall Trophy on the 29th and 30th of August at Petersfield in Hampshire.
Report Courtesy of Nigel Evans.
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ASA State Title Round 2
Crystal Brook turned on the winter sunshine for Round 2 of the SA Sidecar Championships on Sunday July 4th. A good complement of sidecars fronted for the meeting along with solo support classes.
The Crystal Brook MCC complex is one of the best facilities in SA. The track was presented in superb condition and the grassed viewing areas were a popular spot for the large crowd in attendance.
Once again there were some fantastic battles in all classes of racing and the moderns are really turning it on with positions changing race by race.
It was a case of 'deja vu' for Brett Dobie/Aaron Hartwig in heat 1 of the modern A grade holding the lead but unlike at Naracoorte where he stalled the MEFO Jawa, unfortunately Brett got out of shape over the entrance to the 'Wall of Death' and speared off the track into the pepper trees leaving the Jawa with bent handlebars and Brett shaken and sore. Aaron Schmidt/Bradley Fry took over the lead and won heat one on their VMC KTM but had swing arm and rear brake problems develop during the race which were to put them out for the rest of the meeting.
Heat 2 saw the Anthony Brothers holeshot but they were shortly afterwards a DNF with a broken right foot peg assembly on the MEFO Honda. The Brook Brothers VMC Husaberg, Clint Grabham/Wayne Muir VMC Zabel and the evergreen John Robinson with first time passenger Chris Cowie MEFO KTM along with a second hand Brett Dobie were all having a ding dong battle with eventually Clint grabbing 1st place.
Heat 3 saw Greg and Neale Anthony hop on board Adrian Rohrlach's BSU KTM kindly lent by Adrian who himself had been battling hard with passenger Lachlan Greenhalgh against Kym Menadue/Damian Parbs on their WSP Husaberg in the B Grade Moderns.
Not used to the big 4-stroke, Greg circulated just off the pace of the leading pack with Adam and Bradley Brook taking a well earned win, from Clint Grabham and Wayne Muir. A special mention must go to Chris Cowie who teamed up superbly with John Robinson and hopefully this team will 'gel' together as the season unfolds. Robbo has nothing to prove as a sidecar rider at the top level, but to see him circulating again with the leading pack was great for the sport.
The Juniors were once again a highlight and the 'fab' all girl team of Lara Wedge/Teagan Hartwig took top honours with some brilliant riding on their KX 100 from Louis and Ayla Plowman and young guns Alex and Luke Heidenreich.
Road Trails class saw Clint Grabham/Nigel Coe giving the VMC Honda a good shake down before the 24 Hour Trial, and in the B-Grade Moderns Kym and Damien just pipped Adrian and Lachie with Dave/Shane Richards on an older CR500 in 3rd.
The Pre 85's and Pre 75's saw some close racing with eventually Rocky Warren/Shayne Carter ruling on the EML Yamaha and Brett Dobie/Aaron Hartwig topping the point scores in the 75's.
Hugh Evans/Jackson Kurtz gave a demo on the Peewee Sidecar and were really bucking and bouncing just like the big boys at the end of the day.
The solo races were quite spectacular with some national level riders putting on some impressive displays.
A very efficiently run meeting saw time for the junior and senior feature races to be run and the winners were Lara Wedge/Teagan Hartwig and Clint Grabham/Wayne Muir respectively.
Sincere thanks must go to the Crystal Brook MCC for the use of their spectacular track and facility, their catering and their overall hospitality to the ASA. Well done also to Roger Greenhalgh who provided a well informed commentary for the large crowd throughout the day.
See you all at Morgan for Round 3 on August 1st and with the point scores very close in most classes this meeting will be a ripper!
NB Photos from Crystal Brook are available for viewing at www.inmotionphotography.ifp3.com.
Report Courtesy of Nigel Evans.
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ASA State Title Round 1
Naracoorte Motorcycle Club hosted Round 1 of the SA Title at their motocross complex just outside the township. A beautifully prepared track adjacent to the number one course greeted a healthy sidecar entry with solo support races. Both tracks use a common set of start gates and after the start straight a hard right took competitors onto the new course, when using the original a sweeping left hander will have to be negotiated. The track had a bit of everything, from a technical whoop-de-doo section to hairpin corners and nicely shaped table top jumps but seemed to flow nicely once the sidecar boys (and girls) had circulated a few times. A real blast was the 'back' straight which was nice drivy ground and long enough to really pin your ears back and get a fair wriggle on. A real 'pat on the back' must go to Brett Dobie and his Naracoorte MCC members for the improvements at their complex with the new track as well as the lap scorer's facility, verandah on the canteen/shed and tree planting for future shade and shelter.
As usual, the sidecars put on a great show for the spectators from the Peewee Sidecar demo by Hugh Evans/Jackson Kurtz steadily gaining experience to the awesome display in the Modern A's by Aaron Schmidt/Bradley Fry who gave another aggressive but smooth display of top class riding to dominate the field on their VMC KTM.
All classes had some great dices over their three rounds but importantly a handshake and congratulations always follow the heat of battle as a mark of respect for our fellow competitors. This is what makes sidecar racing great, it doesn't matter if you're first or last its being out there having a go that matters.
A special welcome to new competitors in the Pre 85 class goes to father and son Gary and Dale Payne. Well done guys and good luck for the season. Chris Cowie was also a first time passenger for Victorian Jeff Boyle who grabbed 3rd place in the Pre 75 on his Yamaha 650.
Also great to see Neale Anthony back with his brother Greg after a spill at Acusa Park last year and an excellent first up effort by the Brook brothers back in action on their immaculately prepared VMC Husaberg. Adam and Bradley were snapping at the heels of the top dogs before having a year off last season and it won't be long before they are back up there when the 'match fitness' returns.
Adrian Rohrlach/Lachlan Greenhalgh are teaming up this year for a full season in B grade Moderns on a nicely turned out BSU KTM and should be about the place after putting in some good laps. Adrian has served an apprenticeship as John Robinson's passenger over the last two seasons and is now taking control of the handlebars himself.
Round 1 was again supported by the Victorian crews of Trevor Anthony, Clint Grabham, Greg Anthony and Jeff Boyle with Trev unfortunately having a problem with his normally reliable KX 500 and then lending the beautiful sounding KTM V-Twin of Brett Dobie.
The hospitality of the town of Naracoorte and the motorcycle club was very welcoming and combined with television, print and radio reports of the meeting before and after augers well for our finale of the season, the Australian ASA Sidecar Titles at Naracoorte on November 6 and 7.
See you all at Crystal Brook on July 4th for Round 2 of the SA ASA Sidecar Titles.
Report Courtesy of Nigel Evans.
'JSC Sidecars' Sidecar Spectacular 2010
The Annual Sidecar Spectacular was held over the Anzac Day long weekend on April 24th and 25th. Close to fifty sidecars were in attendance, with several crews making the trip from Victoria.
The Levis MCC had done a superb job on track preparation and all was set in readiness for a weekend of top class sidecar racing.
The premier Modern Class were missing two stars in John Robinson and Trevor Anthony due to lack of passengers, whilst back in action were Jarrod Beckman and Jarred Plush as well as two new bikes being debuted, Clint Grabham/Wayne Muir were on a VMC Zabel 700 and Brett/Hamish Dobie were on the Mefo Jawa 700.
Action in the moderns was fast and furious all weekend but the stand out performers were Aaron Schmidt/Bradley Fry on a VMC KTM 580.Gating well and riding smoothly and fast, the lads put on a very polished display of sidecar motocross riding. Others to do well were the hard charging Greg Anthony/Brian Anthony Mefo Honda 500, Clint Grabham/Wayne Muir on the throaty Zabel and the Dobies coming to grips with the new Jawa. Kym Menadue with new passenger Damien Parbs on the WSP Husaberg looked to be riding well and will definitely be right up there as the season unfolds. Former junior champs Beckman/Plush looked stylish on a bike new to them a BSU Kawasaki whilst Piggy Lindner/Nicole Blesing and father and son team Ian and Ben Plowman were having a great time.
The Pre 75 was dominated by Brett Dobie/Aaron Hartwig on the mighty Yamaha Wasp, chased hard by Nigel Evans/Peter Kurtz on their XL 420 and the howling Honda of Wundy and Parksy. Unfortunately the flying DT Yamaha of the Anthony boys had rear wheel bearing trouble but the class also had Jeff Boyle from Victoria competing, the Plowmans on their monstrous BMW and Ross Beckmann/Michael Quigley on the mighty Kawasaki 1000 who put in some sterling performances.
Pre 85 was again dominated by the hard riding Brett Dobie/Aaron Hartwig who clean sheeted the series in style. Rocky Warren and Shayne Carter after sorting a variety of mechanical issues on the superbly presented Yamaha EML came through for second. After a spill on Saturday Kristy Schultz/Courtenay Warren rode well to grab third and not far off the pace was Damien Drewett/Ben Gerritts on the Yamaha Wasp 500 and Garry and Dale Payne on a Yamaha 650.
The Junior Sidecar Class is always amazing to watch with the young riders throwing their bucking and bouncing outfits around the track with skill beyond their years. Coming up trumps for the weekend was brother and sister team of Louis and Ayla Plowman with the now seasoned campaigners of Lara Wedge and Teagan Hartwig teaming together to claim second. Damien Telke/Guy Hewton-Lamph did a great job to grab third.
The Road trail class had a very healthy entry and a myriad of machinery. Josh Schutz dominated early but suffered mechanical strife and after the dust had settled the very consistent Jeremy Harris/Courtenay Warren claimed first place from the old stagers Glen Wundenberg/Shane Parks and showing his style away from the speedway tracks was Ronnie Parker with Janet Parker/Jack Ewins sharing the passenger duties, to claim third.
Tianna Dohse/Tristan Barrett put on a skilful riding display taking the honours in the Peewee Sidecar demonstrations from Elouise Dohse/Nicholas Glazbrook and completing the trio were Jackson Kurtz/Hugh Evans having their first outing together. It was a real credit to all these youngsters to negotiate the track and pick their lines to avoid some of the huge ruts on some corners.
The 15 minute feature races were fiercely fought out and unfortunately Brett Dobie and son Hamish had a tumble on Sunday with Hamish sustaining a broken collarbone. Aaron Schmidt/Bradley Fry tied with Greg Anthony/Brian Anthony for top honours in the feature event.
The weekend of sidecarcross racing was a real winner with spectators and families witnessing some great battles on the track, with Saturdays commentary duties handled superbly by Roger Greenhalgh, former Australian Moto-Trials Sidecar Champion and the sidecar legend himself Murray Williams kept everyone informed with his in depth knowledge of sidecarcross racing on Sunday. Off the track the event was also a winner with many competitors camping at the track and enjoying a very tasty roast and dessert catered for by the Ridgehaven Scout group. The top class coffee and egg/bacon sandwiches were also welcome on Sunday morning, after an excellent Saturday nights entertainment with the band 'FBI'. Sunday morning allowed time for pit chit chat and assembly for the group photo. Rocky Warren ASA president spoke warmly on our Anzac traditions and what it means to us and a minutes silence was observed.
Sundays racing culminated in a presentation ceremony. Sidecar person of the year was presented to Len Burman. Len has competed in basically every facet of sidecar sport and has held a competition licence for 50 consecutive years! Typical of Lens dedication, after holing a sump on Saturday, Len journeyed back to Riverton where repairs were made and bright and early Sunday morning Len was ready to rejoin the racing.
The ASA and Levis MCC teamed to provide a superb weekend of sidecar racing and camaraderie. Next years event promises to continue the tradition in Queensland. Details will be available shortly.
Report Courtesy of Nigel Evans.
Sidecar Motocross legend dies.
Ottmar Konigsdorfer [King] has passed away from a heart attack on 23-6-2009, at 56 years of age. He is survived by two children, Elke and Michael.
Ottmar or 'King' as he was known, from Germany, was one of the most well known and respected sidecar drivers in Europe. The headline of one European magazine reads, "The King is dead"
He started his sporting life as a gymnast and soccer player as a young boy.
He then raced junior motocross, with immediate success, and in 1973 was German junior solo champion.
He continued winning in solo motocross and in 1974 and 75 had 21 victories as an International Solo Rider.
Next he started with his passion of sidecar motocross and had great success with many victories. He won many races in all European countries, including France, Czech Republic, Russia, Romania, and even in Australia, where he won the John Reilly Sidecar Challenge, and was runner up in Hec Henderson in 1993.
Later in 1993 he had a terrible accident whilst competing in the Grand Prix in Germany. This crash left him a paraplegic.
In spite of all of this, Ottmar's love of the motorcycle remained. He had a special quad built with hand controls and continued to compete right up until his untimely death.
His positive outlook, courage and absolute strength of character were an inspiration to anyone that knew him. He was always the life of the party. He rode hard, played hard and would do anything for anyone. He will be sadly missed by all that knew him, but never ever forgotten.
RIP mate, John Robinson.