For the first time in living memory the first round of the QRCV MX at Monza, Sunday 14th, was held on a glorious sunny day.
The Ballarat Rovers turned out a magnificently prepped track, which was kept well watered through the day. The canteen ladies, as usual had plenty of variety and yummy food. To cap it all off the Globe Hotel Anglers provided the flag marshals for us.
It was a mixed bag of racing with the successful introduction of the two wheelers as a support class, with some of the QRCV riders opting to do both classes. With only Cooper Van Vliet, Cam Wade and adopted QRCV member Raymond Cole actually completing the two classes during the day. Cam had a DNF in the final quad race, unfortunately for Cam after ‘going bush’ he ended up with a broken collar bone? We wish Cam a speedy and full recovery and hope to see him back before the years end.
Little Bailey Macdonald provided laughs all round at Riders Brief when his was the lone voice that requested pegs for the start line. Bailey was later heard to ask dad, Terry, “What are pegs”
Jake Van Vliet continued in his ‘Jammy Jake’ role by winning the free entry to the next round, drawn at Riders Brief. 🙂
The 200/300 cc class was once again fiercely competitive, with Kellan Robinson taking out the honours.
Daniel Kinder had a return to racing after many years and no doubt will be very ‘sore’ for quite a few days to come. Welcome back Daniel. Newcomer Liam Matthews showed his capabilities by coming first in the Clubmen. Keeg was happy for the competition with 7 entries in Clubmen, it was great to see so many on the start gates.
In the vets 45 and over at the end of race two, both Phil Humphries and Ross Walker were on equal points at 47 each and Neil Pope and Jeff Larson were the same on 38 points, making the last moto very interesting. Phil claiming the final victory.
In the Open class it was fantastic to see 11 quads on the start gates. Placings in this highly prestigious race, were shared amongst many riders. Harry Van Vliet must think he’s jinxed as he had bike problems once again but entertained us all with a display of ‘showmanship’ on little brother Coops 300cc in the last race. Adam Larson had a DNF in the last which threw the points all over the place. Ray Cole showed what he was made of by taking out the 2 wheeler event and also coming 3rd in the Open. Ben Wade and Liam Glover were consistent all day, Adam Siemensma showed us he still had it, well for one race anyway, by coming 3rd in the second race 🙂 Jake Van Vliet also had a good result by coming second but it was big brother Mitch taking the honours at the end of the day. The riders opted for a 20 minutes plus a lap in the first moto, but all agreed whole heartedly to knock the motos back to 15 minutes for the next 2 races.
This event we only offered Open class and not Pro and Intermediate as in previous years, Darran Paulo and Jackson Evans put in a good effort up against the rest of the field.
Thanks to all who assisted on the day, Leanne, Kelsey, Robbo, Nick, Adam, and of course Wayne and Trudy. Also to Cooper for his classy scrutineering stickers.
FULL RESULTS UP ON QRCV.COM.AU…(Soon as Pete’s back from Condo)….Sandra (Race Sec)