Dirty fun at the track
HE had the pressure of the favouritism tag but youngster Jacob McLeod showed no signs of nerves at round 2 of the South Grafton Ex-Services Motorcycle Club Championship.
McLeod was tipped as the man to beat before the first bike rolled out and his stamped his class to take first in the 20-minute moto, open class and senior lites categories.
His success capped a superb showing by local riders on a wet Gnudwoc Park track.
Club secretary Narelle Rankin was pleased the event just went ahead after a dowpour on Sunday morning threatened to play spoil sport.
Riders were met with a slower track but it didn’t stop the action from being intense.
But the hours of preparation which went into the circuit ensured the rain did not dampen anything more than the track.
“It started out fine when we went to the track at about 5am then the rain came,” Rankin said.
“It didn’t stop us at all though. Riders enjoyed the conditions all through the day in the end.”
Rankin described the day as ‘perfect’ despite the poor start.
The weather forced a changing of the program with the seniors being pushed to the earlier timeslot to allow the track to dry for the inexperienced junior competitors.
“If we didn’t change the program the little ones would have been sliding all over the place,” Rankin said.
Around 70 competitors – plus many more fans – were part of the rapidly gorwing event.
“There was a lot of good feedback,” Rankin said.
“People said the preparation had been put into the track which made it a great day.
“You can’t just leave that track like that for the next event. We worked about a day on it.”
Other local riders to show their skill on the day were Mike Thorneycroft and Hayden Campbell.
Only a flying McLeod stopped the duo from going even better in the senior lites.
It was a brother-act in the junior categories with the Adamson boys both impressing.
Jay Adamson claimed second in the junior lites while in the 85cc 2-stroke/ 150cc 4-stroke under-9-12s Joel Adamson stamped his name as one to watch with a first-place effort.
Adamson held off the challenge of fellow locals James Stot and Sam Mason who grabbed second and third respectively in the 85cc 2-stroke/ 150cc 4-stroke under-9-12s.
As if to show it wasn’t just about the younger stars, Matt Warn wound back the clock to finish second across the line in the over-35s event.
The South Grafton Ex-Services Motorcycle Club holds events every month with round 3 to be raced in April.