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Brian Houghton and Tim Boujos Claim Class Wins In WA

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K1 Racing‰Ûªs Brian Houghton has proven that age is no barrier, as he took the overall honours in the Honda Moto 3 / 125GP class at the third round of the 2015 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli.

Houghton was a model of consistency over the weekend at Barbagallo posting a second, first and second from his three races to take the outright honours from Tom Bramich (Ron Angel Classic Racing) in second.

Matt Barton (ETS Racefuels), Houghton and Locky Taylor (TAS Earthmoving WA) filled the front row of the grid for the second race of this class, and off the line Taylor got the perfect start moving into the lead.

Houghton and Barton managed to pass him in the second half of the opening lap however, with Barton moving into the lead on the final corner of the race opener.

Behind the trio, Ted Collins (Magnum Welders) and Bramich were in hot pursuit and they moved up the leaderboard when a lapse in concentration from Taylor relegated him back to sixth.

Leonard moved up into fifth spot, but it was up the front where the racing intensified ‰ÛÒ Barton holding a .265 second lead to Houghton through three laps.

Bramich and Collins were locked in a battle of their own for third spot, before Barton came unstuck at the opening turn and ending his race in the sand.

That left Houghton in the lead and looking comfortable, as Bramich and Collins swapped spots several times before the race ended prematurely.

A number of incidents on lap seven saw the race red-flagged, forcing a re-start with the second part of the lap scheduled as a six-lap affair.

As they came off the line at the restart it was Houghton and Bramich locked in a tussle at the front, while race one winner Daniel Wilson came unstuck at turn six and was put out of contention.

The remaining laps in the race were quite non-eventful compared to the opening part, and Houghton rode on to claim the race win ahead of Bramich and Collins.

Taylor held on to fourth spot with Leonard claiming fifth.

Off the line Taylor got the ideal start in the third race for the class, moving into the lead at the first corner from Bramich and Houghton, with Barton being pushed back into fifth.

Houghton soon took the lead from Bramich as Taylor drifted back into third on the second lap of the race.

Only 1.3 seconds separated the top six riders through three laps, with Bramich leading the way from Houghton, Barton in third, Collins in fourth and Taylor back into fifth.

Houghton soon moved into the lead at the halfway mark of the race with series leader Barton moving into second ‰ÛÒ but you could throw a blanket over the top five riders.

Barton pressed Houghton for the lead ‰ÛÒ putting in his fastest lap of the race on lap seven, and at the end of the lap even held the lead briefly.

But Houghton made sure it was short-lived ‰ÛÒ regaining the lead and holding Barton, Bramich and Collins at bay.

Coming down the hill into the final turn on lap 10, Barton edged in front once more ‰ÛÒ before Houghton came inside the Victorian at the opening turn of lap 11.

A lapped rider helped Houghton keep the field at bay and the Queenslander looked likely to claim the race win.

But on the final corner of the race, Barton slipped past to take an emphatic race victory ahead of Houghton, while Bramich claimed third.

The results at Barbagallo mean that Houghton holds a 15-point championship lead over Barton heading into the fourth round, with Bramich and Leonard only a further five points behind.
Tim Boujos (JB Racing) has won the overall honours on a count-back in the 300cc Production class - Credit: Innesfotographics
Local rider Tim Boujos (JB Racing) has won the overall honours on a count-back in the 300cc Production class at the third round of the 2015 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli.

Boujos finished the Western Australian round at Barbagallo sitting on 62 points ‰ÛÒ level with New South Welshman Justin Hall (North Coast RR).

However, Boujos‰Ûª second place finish ‰ÛÒ together with his first and fifth in the opening two races was enough to hand him victory.

Hall had a great weekend with a second, first and fifth from his three races to finish the round two points ahead of SP Racing‰Ûªs Michelle Marais in third

The second race on the Sunday schedule was the much talked about Production class, after a tight opening Saturday race saw the top four riders separated by less than a quarter of a second.

Hall got the perfect start off the line, with race one winner Boujos settling into second, and Drew Sells (Race Centre) dropping back into third.

Hayden Spinks (Finnmoto) and Marais settled back into fourth and fifth respectively.

Similarly to race one, the opening few laps of race two was a game of musical chairs ‰ÛÒ as the top three riders all took turns to claim the lead.

Through four laps of the 10-lap race, less than one second separated the top-five riders.

Hall made a great pass on Boujos to take the lead on lap five and reclaim the lead, while Sells, Spinks and Marais were happy to bide their time and wait for the right opportunity to challenge.

A great move on lap seven around ‰Û÷The Basin‰Ûª saw Marais move into fourth, before another pass on the back straight had her move pass Sells and Boujos into second.

But Hall controlled the second half of the race to claim an impressive win, while Spinks passed Marais at the death to claim second and leave the round two winner having to settle for third.

Boujos finished in fourth, with Sells forced back into fifth spot.

Boujos took the advantage off the start-line of race three, moving into the lead from Hall, Sells, Spinks and Marais.

Coming down the huge hill leading into the final corner on the opening lap, riders changed positions several times before Hall moved into first place from Sells and Boujos.

Less than one second was the gap from first to fifth, while Victorian Illish Ross (Chas Hern Racing) was in sixth position a further three seconds behind.

Despite the tight racing, Hall was called for a jump-start and in adding the 10-second penalty to his time looked to be out of the running.

At the halfway mark of the race it was Spinks leading the way from Boujos, Hall (before adding the penalty), Marais and Sells with the gap between the five riders just .850 of a second.

The rest of the race provided much of the same ‰ÛÒ riders chopping and changing positions throughout until the finish line.

In the end it was Spinks powering through on the final turn to take the win from Marias, Boujos, Hall and Sells.

The result means that Marais retains her championship lead heading into the next round ‰ÛÒ five points ahead of nearest rival Hall.

Sells sits in third spot a further 13 points behind.

Round 3 Moto 3 / 125GP Results:
1. Brian HOUGHTON (QLD) - 65 Pts
2. Tom BRAMICH (VIC) - 53 Pts
3. Benjamin LEONARD (QLD) - 50 Pts
4. Matt BARTON (VIC) - 44 Pts
5. Locky TAYLOR (QLD) - 44 Pts
6. Daniel WILSON (WA) - 37 Pts
7. Ted COLLINS (VIC) - 35 Pts
8. Nathan SMITH (WA) - 31 Pts
9. Scott PETTIT (WA) - 30 Pts
10. Roman RAJEK (NZ) - 28 Pts

Overall Championship Standings:
1. Brian HOUGHTON (QLD) - 164 Pts
2. Matt BARTON (VIC) - 149 Pts
3. Tom BRAMICH (VIC) - 144 Pts
4. Benjamin LEONARD (QLD) - 144 Pts
5. Ted COLLINS (VIC) - 126 Pts
6. Locky TAYLOR (QLD) - 91 Pts
7. Callum BARKER (QLD) - 87 Pts
8. Daniel WILSON (WA) - 81 Pts
9. Olly SIMPSON (SA) - 76 Pts
10. Tayla RELPH (QLD) - 75 Pts

Round 300cc Production class Results:
1. Tim BOUJOS (WA) - 62 Pts
2. Justin HALL (NSW) - 62 Pts
3. Michelle MARAIS (WA) - 60 Pts
4. Drew SELLS (VIC) - 52 Pts
5. Iilish ROSS (VIC) - 46 Pts
6. Josh McHENRY (VIC) - 43 Pts
7. Lara MARAIS (WA) - 40 Pts
8. Hayden SPINKS (NSW) - 36 Pts

Overall Championship Standings:
1. Michelle MARAIS (WA) - 120 Pts
2. Justin HALL (NSW) - 115 Pts
3. Drew SELLS (VIC) - 102 Pts
4. Iilish ROSS (VIC) - 97 Pts
5. Josh McHENRY (VIC) - 90 Pts
6. Hayden SPINKS (NSW) - 73 Pts
7. Tim BOUJOS (WA) - 62 Pts
8. Chris GREENE (QLD) - 47 Pts
9. Aaron LINHAM (WA) - 42 Pts
10. Lara MARAIS (WA) - 40 Pts

For a full list of results from Barbagallo, Click Here.

Top Image: K1 Racing‰Ûªs Brian Houghton has proven that age is no barrier, as he took the overall honours in the Honda Moto 3 / 125GP class

Credit: TBG Sports

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