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Central Coast Cup ‰ÛÒ It’s on this weekend

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It‰Ûªs on again this weekend ‰ÛÒ probably the biggest motorsport event on the Central Coast this year in terms of the number of competitors and its prestige.

The 2017 Honda / Tumut Motorcycle Accessories Central Coast Cup meeting for motorcycle track racing has again attracted some of Australia‰Ûªs most exciting dirt track racers who will converge on the Allen Park track at Debenham Road North, Somersby.

Probably the best ever line-up for the Senior Cup is among the big entry list that will assemble in the pits for action on both Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28.

The Central Coast Cup meeting has in its short history established itself as one of the major non-championships meetings on the dirt track calendar. One reason for the on-going significance of the meeting is the honour roll of winners in both the senior and junior (13 to Under 16s) classes since its inception in 2005.

The senior class has invariably been won by previous, or future, Australian champions and even a future world champion.

Host club rider David Smith will be attempting to build on his back-to-back victories in 2015 and 2016 and he will be joined by two other previous winners - the inaugural winner from 2005 Luke Gough and Sean McLellan who will be out to add to his distinction of being the first rider to win both cups, winning the junior in 2010 and senior in 2013.

Standing in the way of that trio is a classy line-up, including four Australian champions seeking to win the Central Coast Cup for a first time, three of them from Queensland.

A former Junior Cup winner Jarred Brook from Brisbane, Townsville rider Damien Koppe and Robbie Menzies from the Gold Coast, will line up together with the vastly experienced Michael Kirkness.

Add in Townsville rider Kayden Downing, who won last month‰Ûªs Casey Stoner Cup at Kurri Kurri, host club riders Peter Smith and Harry Scott, and three very talented additions to the senior ranks over the past year in Boyd Hills, Mackenzie Childs and Connor Ryan and even qualifying for the final will be tough.

In the Junior Cup Singleton rider Billy van Eerde already has a unique record as the only ever dual winner and he will be striving to leave a record unlikely to be matched if he wins for a third time.

The 8-lap finals of both the Junior and Senior Cup will wrap up the program on Sunday afternoon, but racing through both days will cater for all categories in the seniors and all age groups in the juniors.

Entry fee for spectators this weekend will be $10 per vehicle payable at the gate as a tax deductible donation to the St Johns First Aid.

Practice starts at 9.30am on Saturday with the first round of competition to follow, while racing gets underway at 10 am on Sunday.

Main Photo: Jarred Brook

Previous Winners of the Central Coast Cup
YEAR - SENIOR - JUNIOR
2005 - Luke Gough - Glenn Scott
2006 - Paul Caslick - Todd Kurtz
2007 - Rohan Tungate - Tyson Nelson
2008 - Darcy Ward - Grant Charnock
2009 - Jackson Jeffrey - Josh Bunt
2010 - Jace Castles - Sean McLellan
2011 - RAINED OUT RAINED OUT
2012 - Jace Castles - Bailey James
2013 - Sean McLellan - Thomas Duggan
2014 - Jace Castles - Jarred Brook
2015 - David Smith - Billy van Eerde
2016 - David Smith - Billy van Eerde
2017 - ?????? - ?????

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