Western Australian Photographer and Journalist John Innes gives us the race report from the 2019 Australian Historic Road Racing Championships, which took place at the newly extended Collie Motorplex in WA. Promoted by the Historic Competition Motorcycle Racing Club of WA and supported by Motorcycling Western Australian and the Shire of Collie, the event saw riders from across the country travel to Western Australia for the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend. With activity on track at the Motorplex and activity off track in town, the event was a great success for racing in WA.
Unfortunately, the event finished early due to a large oil spill around the majority of the track. Officials spent several hours trying to clean up the track, but the final decision was made just before lunch to call the event.
Champions were crowned based on the races that had run, with all classes completing at least two races on Sunday and P3 Unlimited, P4 Junior, and P5 Sidecars getting a third race on Monday before racing was canceled.
Kicking off the ‘Make Smoking History’ Australian 2019 Historic Road Racing Championship was the Period 4 Post Classic Junior Class and after the two qualifying sessions it was local rider Paul Smith (1972 Honda CB350) on Pole with a 1:21.8870 second lap closely followed by Adam Senior and Glen Ottley making it an all WA front row. Race 1 was an all the way win for Polesitter Paul Smith who was untroubled over the 5-lap journey. Second was Adam Senior (1971 Yamaha TR3) some 8.5 seconds in arrears with Tony Logan (1971 Honda CB 350) in third place. In Race 2 the same three riders filled the top three places, with WA riders filling the first seven places. Race 3 on Monday morning and it was more of the same with Adam Senior winning the 5-lap race from Paul Smith with Glen Ottley in third place. WA riders once again fared well with the top five places all going to local riders. Paul Smith finished the event with 70 points, second was Adam Senior on 65 points and third was Tony Logan on 53 points.
Photo: Paul Smith – 1st Place Period 4 Junior – Credit: John Innes
Period 3 Classic Unlimited saw Victorian Adam Donovan (1962 Norton Manx) snatch pole from fellow Victorian Peter Large with WA rider Glenn Baldwin round out the front row. Peter Large (1962 Norton Atlas) won the first race from William Sayer (1962 Norton Atlas) with poleman Adam Donovan rounding out the top three, John Pitcher was the first WA rider home in fourth place. Race 2 saw Adam Donovan taking the win from Large with Sayer rounding out the top three, First WA rider home was Glenn Baldwin in fourth position. Race 3 was a repeat of the second race with Donovan taking the win from Peter Large with William Sayer in third place. In 1st place overall was Adam Donovan with 68 points, second was Peter Large on 65 points and third was William Sayer on 56 points.
In the Period 5 Forgotten Era Sidecars WA duo Ray Watkins/ Paul Cubbitt took pole from another WA duo in Andrew Davies/Josh Mathers with Edward and Bronson Poucher from NSW rounding out the top three. Race 1 saw the WA pairing of Watkins/Cubbitt take the lead before they were chased down by Edward and Bronson Poucher who went on to take the win from Watkins/ Cubitt with Andrew Davies/Josh Mathers taking third place. In race 2 Watkins/Cubitt got their revenge taking the win and never troubled over the five laps. Davies/Mathers took second after a race long battle with Edward and Bronson Poucher. Race 3 saw local duo Andrew Davies/ Josh Mathers take the win, in second place was another local duo in Mark Ackermans/ Tristan Scalmer with WA making it a clean sweep with Michael Smith/Jason Dillon in third place. The overall placings were 1st Davies/Mathers with 63 points, second Ackermans/Scalmer on 52 points and third Smith/Dillon also on 52 points. WA sidecars filled the first five places over the championship.
In the Period 5 Forgotten Era Junior New South Welshman Keo Watson (1981 Yamaha TZ350H) took pole with a 1:19.6310 second lap 4.5 seconds ahead of second-placed Victorian, Timothy Large with WA’s Steven Crane rounding out the front row. Keo Watson won the first race in convincing fashion from Steven Crane with Kathleen Mercer taking third place. Race two saw the top two again battling for the win with Watson coming out on top. Crane was again second with Timothy Large taking third place ahead of the fast finishing Brian Richardson. The Championship was run over the two rounds with Keo Watson undefeated on 50 points, second was Steven Crane on 40 points and Brian Richardson tied with Kathleen Mercer on 34 points, his higher finish in race two giving him the minor podium position.
Period 5 Forgotten Era Formula 750 saw Keo Watson (1981 Yamaha TZ350H) grab his second pole position ahead of NSW rider Stephen Craig with local hotshot Adam Senior rounding out the front row. In race one Stephen Craig upstaged polesitter Keo Watson taking the win with WA rider Adam Senior taking third place. Race two saw the same three riders fighting for the win with Watson winning by under a second from Senior with Craig in third place. Overall championship points 1st Keo Watson with 45 points, second Stephen Craig with 43 points and third WA’s Adam Senior on 38 points.
Photo: Keo Watson – 1st Place Period 5 Formula 750 – Credit: John Innes
Period 4 Post Classic Unlimited saw ex-pat WA rider Aaiden Coote (1972 Rob North Trident) secure pole with a 1: 20.6410-second lap ahead of Queenslander Kyle Mountney with veteran WA rider Colin Boujos taking third position. In race one, Coote was the winner having survived a race long battle with Kyle Mountney, when the later high-sided exiting the chicane on the penultimate lap. Second was Owen Ward (1972 Honda CB-K2) with William Sayer (1972 Triumph Triton) third. Third place on the grid was vacant after Colin Boujos ran out of brakes on the ‘outlap’. Race two and it was more of the same from Coote and Ward with Boujos returning to the fray and taking third place. Final points 1st Aaiden Coote with 50 points, 2nd Owen Ward with 40 points and 3rd William Sayer on 34 points.
Period 6 New Era Senior saw WA riders secure the top three positions for the four races with Glen Ottley (1990 Honda VFR400) taking pole with a 1: 20.0600-second lap ahead of Neal ‘Plumba’ Grey and Paul Smith. Race 1 and Neal Grey and Glen Ottley battled it out at the front before Grey pulled away to take the win, Paul Smith was second with Ottley in third place. Race two saw Neal Grey take his second win of the day ahead of Glen Ottley with Paul Smith in third place. Championship points were 1st Neal ‘Plumba’ Grey on 50 points, 2nd Glen Ottley on 38 points tied with Paul Smith with Ottley finishing in second by virtue of his higher finish in race two.
In the Period 5 Forgotten Era Unlimited saw WA’s Adam Senior grab pole position with a 1: 16.2920-second lap ahead of Tony Hynes and NSW rider Stephen Craig. In race one, Adam Senior continued his dominance with a strong win from Tony Hynes with Stephen Craig in third place. The trio repeated the dose in the second race with Senior winning by 5.2 seconds. Final points 1st Adam Senior 50 points, 2nd Tony Hynes 40 points and 3rd Stephen Craig with 36 points.
Period 6 New Era 250 Production saw Keo Watson (1990 Honda CBR 250RR) take a hat trick of poles with a 1: 20.5060-second lap ahead of Richard Langdon and Paul Smith. In race one Richard Langdon took the win from Paul Smith with Stephen McDermott in third place. Polesitter Keo Watson failed to start the race. WA riders filled the top six places. In race two the first three place getters repeated the dose and WA riders filled the first five places. Watson again failed to start the race. Overall points 1st Richard Langdon 50 points, 2nd Paul Smith with 40 points and 3rd Stephen McDermott with 36 points.
Photo: Richard Langdon – 1st Period 6 250cc Production – Credit: John Innes
Period 6 New Era Formula 1300 saw Aaiden Coote grab his second pole position on the (Southern Machining & Maintenance 1988 Honda VFR 750R) ahead of Josh Mathers and Paul Joshua. In the first race, the top three qualifiers finished in that order, with Coote setting a new record of 1:14.0060 seconds. That record lasted just five laps before Mathers set a new record of 1:13.8740 seconds on his way to beating Coote in race two with Glen Ottley taking third place. Overall points saw Josh Mathers win the title by virtue of his higher placed finish in race 2, with Aaiden Coote and Mathers tied on 45 points Paul Joshua was third with 35 points.
Period 3 & Period 4 Sidecars saw Linsay Donai/Lee Menzies take pole position with a 1:26.3290-second lap. In second place was Doug Chivas/Scarlett Poucher and WA’s Kevin Webb/ Martyn Dunbar-Stuart rounded out the top three. In the first race, Wa’s Kevin Webb/Martyn Dunbar-Stuart led for a good part of the five-lap journey before being pushed back to second place by Linsay Donai/Lee Menzies with Doug Chivas/Scarlett Poucher in third place. Steve Scott/Brendan Darcy took first place in the P3 Sidecar division, second were Peter Large/Wayne Rowe and in third place were Christopher Large/ Peter Heywood. In race two Donai/Menzies again took the win with Chivas/ Poucher grabbing second place with Webb/Dunbar-Stuart in third place. In the P3 Ian Milton/David Vincent grabbed the win ahead of William Hargrave/ Annette Tregger with Scott/Darcy in third place. Overall points in the P3 Classic Sidecars 1st Steve Scott/Brendan Darcy 50 points, 2nd Peter Large/Wayne Rowe 40 points and 3rd Christopher Large/Peter Haywood 36 points. In the P4 Post Classics, 1st place went to Lindsay Donai/Lee Menzies with 50 points, 2nd went to Douglas Chivas/Scarlett Poucher by virtue of their higher placing in race two with 38 points and third were WA stalwarts Kevin Webb/Martyn Dunbar-Stuart 38 points.
Photo: Lindsay Donai/Lee Menzies – 1st Period 4 Sidecars – Credit: John Innes
Period 6 Formula 750 saw Aaiden Coote secure a third pole position with 1: 14.3150-second lap ahead of Paul Joshua and Tony Hynes rounding out the front row. Aaiden Coote (1988 Honda VFR750R) was simply unstoppable in the first race with an all the way win ahead of Tony Hynes (Suzuki GSX-R750) with John Riley (1988 HondaVFR750R) in third place. Coote again demonstrated just what a good rider he is with another dominant display in the second race, Hynes was again second with Glen Ottley taking the third spot. 1st place went to Ex-WA rider Aaiden Coote with 50 points, 2nd was Tony Hynes on 40 points and third Glen Ottley with 35 points.
Photo: Aaiden Coote – 1st Place Period 6 Formula 750 – Credit: John Innes
There were two non-championship races over the weekend, in the Period 2 & Period 3 Lightweight & Junior Tony Hynes on the 1938 Series ‘A’ Vincent took out all three races in convincing fashion.
In the Period 6 Ultra Lightweight & Period 6 Lightweight Sam Clarke and Scott Topping fought it out at the pointy end with Clarke winning the first two races before Topping took a hard-fought victory with Mark Laing-Hughes in the third spot.
Congratulations to the Historic Competition Motorcycle Racing Club of WA for the running of a successful event. Thank you to all the officials, club members and volunteers for their assistance with the event. Thank you to the competitors for supporting the Championship and making the journey to Western Australia.
All results can be found on Natsoft.
Words and Photo Credit: John Innes
Feature Photo: Neal Grey – 1st Place Period 6 Senior