John Innes gives us the full round down from the Round 4 final of the MCRCWA State Road Racing Championship, held at Collie Motorplex. Words & Images John Innes
Sunday 21st October saw the running of the final round of the four round ‘Consent2Go’ Western Australia State Road Racing Championships held at the Collie Motorplex in rural WA.
The weather gods took pity on us and despite the forecast being for intermittent showers, there was only a couple of very light sprinkles of rain throughout the day.
The Consent2Go State Superbike Championship was hard fought and despite having a small field the racing was dynamic. Ben Stronach (VRT Signs Yamaha R1) had built a solid points buffer in the previous three rounds, with seven wins from nine races and never finishing off the podium.
As the racing began it was the older Stronach that shot to the lead but by the end of the second lap he had been passed by his brother and settled for a comfortable third place, behind Joel Beard (HAF Plastering Kawasaki ZX-10).
The second race saw younger brother Cameron Stronach (Motorcycle Movers Ducati Panigale) repeat the dose with Ben Stronach and Beard swapping places. In the final race of the year Ben restored his pride with a solid win from Beard with Cameron in third spot.
Cameron Stronach won the round with 68 points from Ben Stronach on 63 points and Beard on 58 points. Tim de Bruyn (Razor Racing Kawasaki ZX-10) was the winner of the ‘C’ Grade Series with 75 points.
The final placings in the 2018 State Superbike Championship were Ben Stronach first with 276 points, Cameron Stronach second with 241 points and third was Joel Beard with 191points. ‘C’ Grade Series Champion was Tim de Bruyn with 258 points.
2018 Consent2Go Superbike Final Standings
- Ben Stronach 276
- Cameron Stronach 241
- Joel Beard 191
- Tim De Bruyn 188
- Rob Connaughton 182
- Adam Senior 173
- Jason Lockyer 102
- Jeffery Cameron 64
- Leigh Boujos 55
- Lino Mazzali 55
Superbike C Series Final Standings
- Tim De Bruyn 258
- Rob Connaughton 226
- Jason Lockyer 91
- Jeffery Cameron 84
- Lino Mazzali 35
Cully’s Yamaha Supersport
The Cully’s Yamaha State Supersport Championship was the domain of Leigh Boujos (JB Racing Yamaha R6) and he was only beaten once in 12 races. In all probability he would have won that race too, except for a misunderstanding following a back-to-back race situation where he was not allowed to leave pit exit to form up on the grid, but still managed to finish fourth.
That solitary race was won by his younger brother Tim Boujos (Panik Race Leathers Kawasaki ZX6), with Tim finishing second overall for the season with Josh Mathers (JSM Construction Suzuki GSXR600) third overall.
The round win went to Leigh Boujos with 75 points, second was Mathers on 57 points and third was Tim Boujos with 54 points.
In the State Championship Leigh Boujos took top honours with 292 points, second was Tim Boujos with 232 points and Mathers was third on 214 points. The ‘C’ Grade Supersport Champion was Lachlan Hickey (20FourMotorsports Kawasaki ZX-6) with a total of 251points.
Cully’s Yamaha Supersport Final Standings
- Leigh Boujos 292
- Tim Boujos 232
- Josh Mathers 214
- Lachlan Hickey 183
- Nick Favazzo 148
- Luke Carmona 133
- Jakob Kelsall 133
- David Carroll 100
- Terry Teo 75
- Jessica Boujos 74
Supersport C Series Final Standings
- Lachlan Hickey 250
- Nick Favazzo 176
- Jakob Kelsall 162
- David Carroll 113
- Jessica Boujos 95
In the State Sidecar Championship defending Champions Jero Joyce/Corey Blackman (Rick Hanger Racing Kawasaki ZX10) had their colours lowered despite taking two wins in the final round.
Des Harvey/Tony Keogh (SLW Transport LCR 1000) took the other win along with two second places and Graeme Evans/Jarrod Scott (Rick Hanger Racing Kawasaki ZX10) took three solid third places.
Joyce/Blackman won the round with 70 points, second was Harvey/Keogh with 65 points and third was Evans/Scott with 54 points.
In the race for the State Championship first was Evans/Scott with 232 points, second was Harvey/Keogh/Menmuir/Cushnahan with 211 points and third were Joyce/Blackman with 207 points.
The fact that Joyce/Blackman missed the first round certainly cost them the chance to go back to back State Champions.
Sidecar Final Standings
- Graeme Evans/Jarrod Scott 232
- Des Harvey/Gary Cushnahan 211
- Jero Joyce/Corey Blackman 207
- Michael Robbins/Karen Dore 187
- Sam Watson/Gabrielle Watson 146
State Production Championship
The State Production Championship was fiercely contested all season between Callum O’Brien, Bronson Pickett, Ian Fryer-Smith, Leslie McGrath and several other riders, and going into the final round O’Brien (Banhams WA Yamaha R3) held a comfortable points buffer over his nearest rival Pickett.
But racing can be a funny/fickle game and after topping the time sheets in the first practice O’Brien’s machine would not start again forcing him out of the day’s racing and costing him a State Championship.
Pickett (M&B Rubbish Disposal Yamaha R3) rode three start-to-finish races to secure his first round win. McGrath (Quantum Electrical Yamaha R3) took a second and two third places for second on the day and Ian Fryer-Smith (Michael Whyte Motorcycles Albany Yamaha R3) took a second, third and fourth for third overall.
In the State Championship it was Bronson Pickett first with 249 points, second was Fryer-Smith with 194 points and third was Callum O’Brien on 192 points.
State Production Final Standings
- Bronson Pickett 249
- Ian Fryer-Smith 194
- Callum O’Brien 192
- Michael Sita 166
- Leslie McGrath 150
- Brooke Carter 144
- Colin Boujos 137
- Ben Davidson 130
- Lachlan Keogh 126
- Bob Hull 99
Chain Reaction Clubman 600cc & 1000cc
The Clubman Class produced great racing over the entire season and the final round was no exception. Chris Fitzgerald (Waterboyz Plumbing & Gas Yamaha R1) took the round win just ahead of Jason Lockyer (J&M Smash BMW 1000) with Nick Favazzo (Velocity Race Team Yamaha R6) third.
Over the season Favazzo was first with 192 points, second was Lockyer with 189 points and third was Lino Mazzali with 183 points.
Chain Reaction Clubman Final Standings
- Nick Favazzo 192
- Jason Lockyer 189
- Lino Mazzali 183
- Chris Fitzgerald 157
- Jacob Kelsall 150
- Luke Carmona 122
- Doug Matthews 114
- Jeffery Cameron 78
- Sean McHale 70
- Callum O’Brien 70
125GP State Championship
Despite poor numbers in the 125GP State Championship, meaning the final two rounds didn’t score points in the Championship, Tom Hatton (Hatton Racing Honda RS 125) amassed 140 points in the first two rounds to be crowned the 2018 State 125GP Champion. Scott Topping (STR Honda RS 125) was the runner-up.
Leigh Boujos won the ‘B’ Grade Series with a perfect score of 75 points from three rounds.
125GP Final Standings
- Tom Hatton 140
- Scott Topping 105
- Dave Manson 97
- Cale Haines 87
- Colin Boujos 68
See you all in 2019!