Story by Warrick Korstanje
Photos by Brian Hopping
Thwaites takes the overall win at the Talley’s Sidecar Super Cup at Moore Park.
It was a long wait but the quiet smooth professional running combination from Oreti Park of Luke Thwaites and Neville Chalmers took out this round in fading light. A DNF in the first heat, withdrawing while leading, was the only blemish on the day.
Thwaites went on to win the series overall after coming second to Andrew Buchanan and daughter Jamie Burns at Oreti on Sunday. Buchanan timed out of the Moore Park semi- final round replacing a tyre while Burns was nursing a knee but appeared to be on fine form a couple of days later.
Oreti’s Bradley Sharp and Lance Jefcoate, having withdrawn from the Aussie East Coast series, competed on the Newfield Autos Erwin Tree #95 bike and rode well to pick up third place at both tracks and overall. Watch these two when their new South Coast Customs bike gets dialled in and hits the track.
The B final at Moore Park was hotly contested as some issues during the day condensed the points and this was almost like another final. With the exception of Buchanan who did not start, Wanganui’s Rose brothers, Aaron and Bryce lined up with Auckland’s Dylan Moohan and Sean Mason alongside local flyers Karl Foster and Michael Twose.
All four combinations could have made it straight to the final but each suffered points ending incidents during the heats. Rose’s kill switch problem while leading, Foster overcooked it and in turn was collected by the Rose’s and excluded while good form from Moohan saw them trail the field in their very tough last heat behind Rose’s, Buchanan and Sharp. It was the Rose brothers who won a place in the final after holding out Moohan and Foster in this cut throat run.
Final was a tough one as Thwaites and Sharp had gone straight through along with another very fast and impressive Oreti combination of Jason Kennedy and Johnny Casey. These boys top qualified with 13 points and chose gate four for the start. It was keen as Thwaites was on one with Sharp and the Rose combination in the middle.
A lightening start saw Kennedy away and coming across quickly to counter Thwaites’s straight-line start. Sharp tucked in tight and although Rose appeared to have missed it a little, it all became crowed as they caught up for the first turn. As Sharp turned, it appeared Rose’s made contact and flipped.
All in for a rerun which saw the Wanganui combination on a borrowed bike. This time Thwaites made no mistake and try as they did, Kennedy had to follow them home from Sharp with the Rose boys having some issues on the #11 Woods bike. Not a happy hunting ground for the very professional #34V Rose combination but a great team who we love having down here.
Solo Teams racing win went to the Canterbury Demolition Team over the Jemmett’s Power Tools boys 26 to 21. Brilliant racing from young Ben Whalley in particular and Andrew Aldridge supported by Sean Cox and Alan Crosby. George Congreve tried hard while Sam Taylor had a poor day by his standards. He had pulled off a great move on Andrew Aldridge but unfortunately couldn’t hold it before he went down. A serious off-season mystery illness probably did not help Taylor and he will put this behind him as we are lucky to have him back on track this early.
Josh Blomquist and Jamie Martin rode well and but for a technical 5 lapper it could have been closer. This was a respectable event worth persevering with. Whalley scored 11 with Aldridge picking up 9 points for the winning team. Congreve and Blomquist earned 7 and 6 respectively with Martin 5 being the leading points scorers for the opposing side.
Support Sidecars saw Chris Roberts and Rod Renfrew in ahead of Knuckle Hill and Dan Smith with Jeff Aldridge and Willie Little in third when the counting was done. Combined juniors resulted in Caleb Whalley taking out the 200 section, Oscar Drake the 125’s and Jaxon Harley and Bradley Partridge were strong performers in the Pee Wee classes.
Sympathy and get well soon messages go to Peter Rintoul who copped a nasty hit. The old master, Knuckle Hill, while trying to win, took the whole field out at the start. Warren Benson with Tony Henry took a tumble too. Rest up boys.