Super Sunday Race Report


Well another Super Sunday has been done and dusted. The early racing kicked off just after 10.00am, this turned out to be the hottest part of the day after what the Met Office called an “oppressive night”. Well there was no room for slacking off with Scratch Racing, Handicaps and Team Sprints across the grades. We finished off the morning with an Aussie Crawl, Oscar Gallagher used his elbows to take the prize and Doris Marr was a vey happy Mum , beating Jonathan in a Track Standers speciality. Go Mum !!

It was also good to see Tarun Cook back on the track after 7 weeks in a cast.

The afternoon session saw a slight shift in the wind direction and therefore some cooler temperatures but the wind did impact the F200 times with a headwind on the back straight.This didn’t stop Gigi van der Poll rattling out 12.9! Just missing out on the women’s F200 record and Ben Woysky with a 12.197

The racing grades were wide open all day with the round robin system making sure that all riders had plenty of racing and wins with the following winners.

Sean Cleary A: Grade
Nathan Bowden: B Grade
Jonathan Marr: C Grade
Mitch McGovern: D Grade

After presentations we were then treated to further great racing yesterday in the John Nicholson Keirin Series. Good to see the progression from round 1 with riders learning to bunch up behind the bike and positioning themselves when the bike pulls out.
We had 3 grades with the D graders first out on the “drome”. This was a close race with the lead changing several times between all riders. Mitch McGovern took out the win with Jamie Radford close behind and Ben Fitzsimons third. Tam Stevens was also in the mix, obviously learning from each Keirin race experience.

B and C Grade were combined for aggregate points. Nathan Bowden showed why he is on top of the leader board by leading from start to finish and stringing out the field. Jonathan Marr was second by positioning himself behind Nathan and it was clever riding against the higher grade riders. Jun Aishima came in a creditable third.

A Grade had to be dragged onto the track after an exhaustive day of sprints. A lot of moaning and whining but it was good to see smiles at the end of the race even with blown out legs.

The John Nicholson Keirin Series Aggregate standings show Nathan Bowden leading by 2 over Alvin Dumaros and Mitch McGovern followed 3 points behind the lead by James Dann(AWOL), Rebecca Williamson and Jonathan Marr. Behind them is a large contingent of racers still able to take out the series. Plus, if you have entered 2 or more races make sure you come to last and receive round of the series on 19/2/2017 as you will be eligible for a door prize.

Series Standings here :

Thanks to Dave Thomas for riding the motorbike again and pacing the riders nicely and thanks also Sue Dundas for overseeing the Keirin races after a long day of commissairing the Summer sprint Series.

Overall a big days racing for some of the riders who start at 10:00am and finish up with a Keirin at about 4:30pm. The combination of Endurance and Sprints means it suits all comers and is a great environment for learning and racing together.

Next Super Sunday is the 19th Feb


east burwood reserve

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