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Hi QEMSC members

 

I did not get any photos but Rex Dell was very busy with the camera and should be able to help you. The truck is due to get back to Brisbane this morning and this will mark the end of a fairly successful foray North for the QEMSC members who went to the 2012 Classic Road Race Championship in Townsville. I think everyone is coming home happy with the event but there were some hard luck stories including John O’Neil who managed a complicated break to his collarbone in a crash in the last race of the championships and Bernie Summers whose Kawasaki locked up solid quite early on Saturday.

 

Bruce Marston, all our sidecar crews and Kieren Rees scored the best results for QEMSC members. Bruce scored the second place in the Classic 350 class, but he was disappointed when his Harley engined Sidecar developed a cracked barrel after getting off to some very convincing class wins in the early heats. Kieren clearly got the best value for the weekend with two trophies for piloting the $600 bucket which he bought at the event on Friday. It lasted the distance to get him and Bernie Summers a trophy for the One Hour Race under lights on Saturday night. I managed to get fourth place in the Senior Classics which is a tribute to perseverance and luck rather than skill. Trevor Liversidge piloted his Kawasaki to some good results but had to leave the event as soon as it had finished so that he could fly to New Zealand for his mother’s funeral.

 

The sidecars proved to be the hit of the meeting with a good field providing the first taste of three wheelers in the North for many years and the spectators and other competitors loved them.

 

The Road Racing Association of Townsville put on a great race meeting and provided a very warm welcome for those who travelled to the event. Their track is tight and highly challenging, but great fun. Each championship race was run over six laps, and this kept all riders busy as there is nowhere on this track to draw a deep breath and relax. I think the decision to hold the event in North Queensland was justified as the event was well run and proved to be a great promotion of classic racing in a part of Queensland where it had not been seen previously.

  

Kind Regards,

 Lindsay Granger

General Manager

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