If the varied history of Round 5 of the Taree Motorcycle Club Championship could be regarded as any indication, the race meeting on Sunday 19th August will be interesting.
Sunday 5th August was originally set down as Round 5 of the Club Championship, and with Troy Bayliss’ Australian Superbike commitments allowing, it was anticipated that Troy would be riding at Taree’s Old Bar Roadside circuit on that day.
Sunday 19th August was originally set down as a practice day for the 2019 Troy Bayliss Classic, as 2018 progressed and the decision was reached that the Classic would not be run in 2019, the 19th was changed to Round 6 of the Club Championship.
When it was necessary to postpone Round 5 of the Club Championship as a result of the Australian 2018 Senior Dirt Track Championships being rescheduled for that weekend, 19th August became the date for Round 5 of the Club Championship.
This reorganisation has resulted in Taree Motorcycle Club holding Round 5 of its Club Championship at its Old Bar Road complex on the same weekend as father and son, Troy and Oli Bayliss, will be competing in Round 5 of the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship at Morgan Park Raceway in Warwick, Queensland.
The Warwick Daily News has reported in its 14th August edition that, “Three-times world superbike champion Troy Bayliss will be the major drawcard at this weekend’s Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championships round at Morgan Park.”
Interestingly, on the same weekend that Taree Motorcycle Club was holding Round 4 of its Club Championship, Troy and Oli were both competing in Round 4 of the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship at Hidden Valley in Darwin.
At Taree Old Bar Roadside circuit on Sunday, there will be racing for Juniors and Seniors and a Demonstration Class for 4 year olds to under 7 year olds.
It is anticipated that there will be a good turnout of competitors at Taree’s Round 5 race meeting as it will provide a good opportunity for those riders who will be competing in the Akubra Classic on 26th August at Macleay District (Kempsey) Motorcycle Club and the Australian Senior Dirt Track Championships on 8-9th September at Gunnedah Motorcycle Club, to gain track time on an oil surface.
Together with local riders who have been competing in the Championship throughout the year, the Club also expects that the eight (8) TMC juniors, who competed at the Kurri Kurri Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships on 12th August, will be racing again on their home track on Sunday.
With the Taree Motorcycle Club President having recently announced to the Manning River Times the return of the Twilight race meeting in January next year, Sunday’s race meeting will also be an opportunity for early preparation for the Taree Twilight at the Club’s Old Bar Roadside circuit in approximately five (5) months’ time.
Full canteen facilities will be available at the complex and the Club will be offering discounted membership on the day for those who are not already members.
While motorcycle enthusiasts will be in attendance on Sunday, the race meeting could also offer entertainment to those who have not been involved in the sport or it could encourage others interested in supporting the Club through sponsorships to become part of this highly-ranked, country motorcycle venue.
A Gold coin donation is the usual entry fee for spectators on race days and the Club will be donating all entry money collected on Sunday to the fund for our Australian farmers in their time of desperate need.
For further information please contact Taree Motorcycle Club President, Troy Baker, on mobile 0499 818 248.