Thompson tops inaugural Oceania Junior Cup race at Wakefield
The first-ever round of the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup (March 22-24) got underway on Saturday as part of Round 2 of the Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship at Wakefield Park and Carter Thompson was the junior road race academy’s first ever race winner, taking the victory over Glenn Nelson and Cros Francis.
Oceania Junior Cup Qualifying
Francis set the early pace in the Qualifying 1, clearly comfortable with the Wakefield Park layout as he continued on from where he left off in Free Practice on Friday.
He set a blistering 1:15.869 to end the session half a second clear of Thompson in second (1:16.378) and Glenn Nelson in third (1:16.521).
In the second qualifying session Francis fell at turn two with three minutes to go but managed to continue, and still went on to claim pole position by more than six tenths of a second (1:15.747).
He finished the session ahead of Thompson and Nelson, neither of whom could improve on their times from Qualifying 1.
Oceania Junior Cup Race 1
Fans were left to wait for a little while longer to see the Oceania Junior Cup go racing, with a red flag on the initial start due to crashed riders including Max Gibbons and Patrick Bognar. At the restart it was Jacob Roulstone across the line to lead the first competitive lap of the Oceania Junior Cup.
Nelson and Francis were in hot pursuit, and when the field crossed the line for a second time, less than a second covered the first six riders. Thompson found his way to the front, and with three laps to go he still held the advantage.
As the field began the last of their six laps, Thompson led from Roulstone, Nelson, and Francis. In the drafting battle to the finish line, Thompson took the win from Nelson, Francis, Roulstone, Marianos Nikolis, and Angus Grenfell.
Races 2 and 3 of Round 1 of the Oceania Junior Cup will take place tomorrow (March 24), where the competition will surely heat up as we crown the first-ever round winner.
The action from Wakefield Park continues tomorrow with Round 2 of the Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship taking place this weekend (March 22-24). Watch live coverage of the ASBK on Fox Sports and SBS, check your local guides for details. For live, online extended coverage available worldwide, head to ASBK.com.au
Oceania Junior Cup Race 1 Results
- Carter THOMPSON (bLU cRU, Yamaha YZF-R15)
- Glenn NELSON (bLU cRU, Yamaha YZF-R15)
- Cros FRANCIS (bLU cRU, Yamaha YZF-R15 1:16.569)
- Jacob ROULSTONE (bLU cRU, Yamaha YZF-R15 1:17.425)
- Marianos NIKOLIS (bLU cRU, Yamaha YZF-R15 1:18.563)
- Angus GRENFELL (bLU cRU, Yamaha YZF-R15 1:18.097)
- Tom DRANE (bLU cRU, Yamaha YZF-R15)
- Archie McDONALD (bLU cRU, Yamaha YZF-R15 1:18.528)
- Cormac BUCHANAN (bLU cRU, Yamaha YZF-R15)
- Jai RUSSO (bLU cRU, Yamaha YZF-R15)
- Zak PETTENDY (bLU cRU, Yamaha YZF-R15 1:18.840)