GALLERY: Riders swarm to lap up altered course

SIX Shipwreck Coast Motocross Club members notched podium finishes at the club’s two-day open on the weekend.

Tim O’Brien won the senior open B grade section, Dylan McCosh collected the C grade lite honours and Luke Irving took out the 85/150 big wheel C grade crown.

Will McGinley finished second in the senior lite B grade section, David McKean placed second in the senior open C grade category and Sam Chilton snared third in the 65cc grade.

The successful host club riders were among 267 riders, from as far as New South Wales, who took part in the Lake Gillear-based competition.

Club president Alan Primmer said entries had soared from 185 in 2013.

“We cooked 172 roast teas on Saturday night — the biggest we’ve ever done,” he said.

Primmer said the open attracted a quality field across 25 classes.

“In the A grade lites we had Joel Milesevic,” he said. 

“He rode in Europe last year and he is from Ballarat.

“In the senior open A grade, from Rosebud was Kyle McKeddie and he is a good rider too.”

The Lake Gillear course was altered to give it a different feel to the previous open.

Primmer said the track, despite being a bit dusty, rode well and there were no major injuries or crashes.

The fastest laps were around the one minute and 40 second mark, with the bulk of competitors notching 1.50 laps. “We changed the course this year. We changed the first half of the track,” he said.

“It all worked well. We changed some jumps.

“It’s hard this time of year when it’s dry. Last year we were flooded — the senior Vics (titles) were under water.

“They like it wet so it ruts up. They can lay their bike right down.”

Shipwreck Coast Motocross Club will host the Western Region series opening round on March 2. 

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