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Australian Championship Status Awarded to Aussie Flat Track Nationals

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Tom Drane at the 2023 Aussie Flat Track Nationals Finale
The 2023 Aussie Flat Track Nationals was an outstanding success and has now garnered official Australian Championship status.

With the incredible success of the Aussie Flat Track Nationals (AFTN), the 2024 instalment of the newly developed series will now see winners crowned as Australian Champions after Motorcycling Australia appointed Championship status to the fast-growing segment of the sport.

Back-to-back AFTN Series winner, Michael Kirkness said, “I’m proud to have played a part in getting the series off the ground, and to get the sport to this point. We’ve got long races that encourage race craft, and enough races to allow the cream to rise to the top without local knowledge being as big a factor. My win this year came through consistency, and making sure that I scored points in even my worse races. I didn’t even win the most races this year, but I was there when I needed to be. Dirt track has been a breeding ground for Australia’s best racers and the AFTN is only going to help continue that tradition with Flat Track.”

Mick Kirkness at the 2023 Aussie Flat Track Nationals Finale
2023 champion Michael Kirkness feels honoured to have played a part in the Aussie Flat Track Nationals success

Despite strong growth over the two seasons, 2024 will see a year of consolidation for the series, once again having six rounds across three weekends at Appin, Brisbane and Gunnedah, with a continued focus on track time for entrants and a spectator-friendly schedule at each event.

Series organiser Dave Maddock said. “Although we’ve had overwhelming support from both the riders and the industry in general, we are looking to build the AFTN in a sustainable way for all stakeholders, including the riders, our event partners and ourselves, and so we have chosen to consolidate in 2024, running a very similar season to 2023. This gives everyone the benefit of knowing what to expect in the season ahead. With the current financial climate, it’s difficult to find additional financial partnerships and we’re motivated to reward our entrants for their efforts as much as possible. Additional rounds will require additional funding that we’re actively working on securing, with an aim of growing once again in 2025.”

Photo of Michael Kirkness at the 2023 Aussie Flat Track Nationals (AFTN)
The 2023 Aussie Flat Track Nationals season was filled with plenty of talent and close racing.

With strong positive feedback from racers, the key updates for the 2024 season will be no cap on entries in all classes, with qualifying positions determined by combined times across not one, but two sessions, and the inclusion of Pro Twins on all flat track layouts after incredible support of the class when included at round three of the series at Mick Doohan Raceway.

The 2024 Aussie Flat Track Nationals will kick off on July 27 with the support of the Macarthur Motorcycle Club, proudly celebrating 50 years since the club’s inception in 1973.

Photo of Australian Flat Track rider Max Whale
Big names like Max Whale made an appearance at the final rounds to give the series eve more credibility and publicity.

2024 Aussie Flat Track Nationals
Round 1: Flat Track Layout – Appin, NSW, Saturday July 27
Round 2: TT Layout – Appin, NSW, Sunday, July 28
Round 3: Flat Track Layout – Brisbane, QLD, Saturday August 31
Round 4: TT Layout – Brisbane, QLD, Sunday September 1
Round 5: Flat Track Layout – Gunnedah, NSW, Saturday November 16
Round 6: TT Layout – Gunnedah, NSW, Sunday, November 17

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