On this coming Saturday, the majority of Taree Motorcycle Club riders will be competing in the “Coast versus Country” event at Taree’s Old Bar Roadside Circuit, New South Wales, while, on Friday and Saturday, a Taree Motorcycle Club rider will be competing in the ‘Junior Lites’ Class of the 2019 Australian Supermoto Championship at The Bend, South Australia.
On Saturday 27th April, Taree Motorcycle Club and Gunnedah Motorcycle Club will take part in the Taree Round of the “Coast versus Country” Race Meeting.
In previous years, a series of three (3) race meetings have been held during the year between Taree, Macleay District (Kempsey) and Gunnedah Motorcycle Clubs, with each Club holding a round at their home track – Taree’s Old Bar Roadside Circuit, Macleay District’s (Kempsey’s) Greenhill Speedway and Gunnedah’s Balcary Park Raceway. These yearly race meetings were collectively known as the “Tri-Series”.
Rescheduling of the washed-out Akubra Classic at Kempsey last year and other circumstances this year have resulted in the Macleay District Club being again unable to hold their round of the Tri-Series.
With two (2) Clubs competing this year, the Tri-Series technically became the Bi-Series, and has been renamed the “Coast versus Country” Race Meeting for 2019.
While Taree and Gunnedah members will race for their home club, other riders (for example, from Kempsey or Sydney) are welcome to compete in the race meeting but will need to nominate whether they will be racing for Taree or Gunnedah.
There will be Senior and Junior solo classes and sidecars and ATVs are welcome.
Gunnedah convincingly won the Tri-Series in 2018 and is a strong, family-oriented motorcycle club whose members not only are skilled motorcycle riders and very supportive of each other, they exhibit a friendly and good sporting attitude to others outside of their club.
This will make for an enjoyable and interesting (but competitive) event at Taree on Saturday.
Meanwhile, on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April, Taree Motorcycle Club’s Hayden Nelson will be contesting Round 2 of the 2019 Australian Supermoto Championship (ASMC) at The Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend, South Australia.
Hayden #279 is leading the ‘Junior Lites’ Class of the ASMC after Round 1 at Pacific Park in Port Macquarie on 2nd and 3rd March. The ASMC ‘Lites’ Class is for 9-12 year olds on 85cc 2/stroke machines.
After Round 1, Hayden’s father, Craig, advised it had been Hayden’s first time riding this discipline and his first time riding his dirt bike on a sealed surface. Craig (an accomplished motorcycle rider himself and previous TMC President), added that growing up riding on Taree Motorcycle Club’s oil track helped Hayden adjust to the tar quickly because both surfaces provide a high level of grip.
ASMC Presenter, MotoStars, managed by former MotoGP and World Endurance racer (and former Taree resident), Damian Cudlin, detailed that Round 2 of the ASMC has been merged with Round 3 of the Australian Junior Road Racing Championship (AJRC) at The Bend and that the event will run over two nights under lights during the International Motofest – which features the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) and the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) during the day.
MotoStars also detailed that the Supermoto course is “part tarmac/part dirt”.
Taree Motorcycle Club wishes Hayden all the best for Round 2 of the Championship and we have no doubt that his family will be proud of his efforts on the weekend, as will his Club be.