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Taree Motorcycle Club riders at Pampoolah, Kempsey and Tamworth 22nd and 23rd September 2018

Posted on September 24, 2018 by Administrator

(Kempsey results provided by Lise Olsen
Tamworth information provided by Craig Nelson)


The weekend of the 22nd and 23rd September 2018 saw Taree Motorcycle Club riders at the Old Bar Roadside circuit, Pampoolah; at Greenhill Speedway, Kempsey; and at Oakburn Park Raceway, Tamworth.

On Sunday 23rd at Pampoolah, Taree Motorcycle Club’s Practice Day provided riders with ‘track time’ without the competitive component of racing. A good turnout of Junior members made the most of the opportunity to further develop their skills and the attending Seniors, including new female rider, Abby Baker, also honed their skills on the oil track.

Club Secretary, Barry Evans, spoke to Junior, Mitchell Provost, at the Practice Day. Mitchell rides an 85cc Husky and has been riding for about a year. He’s ridden in three (3) practice days and two (2) race days so far at the Old Bar Roadside circuit. Mitchell was pleased to comment that his grandfather (Malcolm) brings him to the track all the time and that he also got Mitchell his motorbike and helps him a lot.

On Monday, Barry spoke to Mitchell’s father (Andrew) who commented that the Club was welcoming and the people friendly.

The Club would like to thank those adults who volunteered their time on the Practice Day.

Also on Sunday, a group of Taree Motorcycle Club riders travelled to Greenhill Speedway to compete in the Macleay District (Kempsey) Motorcycle Club Memorial Day.

The Macleay District club posted on its internet site that Sunday’s Memorial Day was more than just a race meeting, it was the round they remembered those who have been a part of their club and were no longer with them and that it was a day to remember everyone who has left them.

The Kempsey Club detailed that while not everyone is remembered with a Memorial Trophy or a race at Sunday’s meeting, four memorial trophies would be awarded on Sunday: the Brian Purcell Cup – Pro 450 Winner; Shane (Cloggy) Van Ginneken Memorial Trophy – Jnr 250cc 4stk Winner; Blake Butterfield “Forever Young” Trophy – 85/150cc Std Wheel Winner; and the Cedric Booth Memorial Trophy – Over 35’s Winner.

While the Taree riders respected the memorial aspect of the day, they also saw Sunday as a good opportunity to further familiarise themselves with the Kempsey track, on which they will be competing at the rescheduled 2018 Akubra Classic on November 4.

Taree Motorcycle Club congratulates its riders, Daniel Evans, son and father (respectively), Thoran and John Openshaw, as well as, Dale Austin, on achieving eight (8) podium finishes between them on Sunday at Kempsey.

Particular note is made of Club Junior, Thoran, who came 2nd in three classes.

#122 Daniel Evans – placed 3rd in Over 35s and 2nd in Pro-Open.

#296 Thoren Openshaw – placed 2nd in the 85/150cc B/W combined class; 2nd in the 85/150cc S/W 9-13yrs class; and 2nd in the 65cc 9-13yrs class.

#72 John Openshaw – placed 2nd in the Clubman’s class.

#134 Dale Austin – placed 1st in the Women’s class and 3rd in the Pro-250 class.

On the same weekend, a group of Taree Motorcycle Club riders travelled to Oakburn Park Raceway to ride in Tamworth Motorcycle Club’s 70 Years’ Club Championship Round 4, which included a Golden Era Reunion, on Saturday 22nd September.

While the Club’s 70th Anniversary celebrations created much interest, the Taree riders (Hayden Nelson and Wilby Brothers Racing Team), also took the opportunity to practice and set-up their bikes in preparation for the Australian Junior Track Championships to be held at the venue on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October.

For further information about Taree Motorcycle Club please contact Club President, Troy Baker, on 0499 818 248 or Club Vice-President, Samantha Lennon, on 0429 913 177.