The 2019 Honda / The Construction Team Central Coast Cup dirt track motorcycle meeting is on this weekend (May 25 and 26) at the Allen Park track at Somersby.
Since its inception in 2005 the Central Coast Cup meeting has established itself as one of the major non-championships meetings on the dirt track calendar with one reason for the on-going significance of the meeting being the honour roll of winners in both the senior and junior (13 to Under 16s) classes.
The senior class has been won by previous, or future, Australian champions and even a future world champion, but the one name that could stands supreme after this weekend is host club rider David Smith who is striving to win for a fourth time.
His toughest opposition will surely come from Kurri Kurri Junior Club rider Connor Ryan who was the standout at meetings at Canberra and his home track earlier in the year.
David‰Ûªs brother Peter Smith, the not related Nathan Smith, and a sprinkling of youngsters like Jake Farnsworth and Blake Wilby are also expected to be prominent.
Former Junior Cup winner Jordan Ussher will be out to become only the third rider to win at both junior and senior level. There will be a new name on the Junior honour roll, with two contenders standing out as favourites.
Kurri Kurri Junior Club rider Harry Ryan is nearing the end of a highly successful spell in the junior ranks but will surely have to overcome 13 year old Tom Drane of Forbes if he is to claim honours.
Albury rider Remmie Fyffe and Queenslander Tristian Adamson head a list of other contenders.
The younger age brackets will have to wait to be able to chase Central Coast Cup honours but their racing invariably provides plenty of close, hard-fought racing which augers well for the future of the sport.
Many of the junior riders who have travelled from interstate and all over New South Wales will use this weekend as a shakedown for two major meetings later in the year.
The Central Coast Junior Motorcycle Club will host the Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships at the Somersby track on September 28 and 29, and then the New South Wales Junior Track Championships on November 16 and 17.
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 $5 per vehicle payable at the gate as a tax deductible donation to the St Johns First Aid.
Proceedings get under way with State MP Liesl Tesch officially opening the meeting, prior to practice, at 9.30am on Saturday with the first round of competition to follow, while racing gets underway at 10 am on Sunday.
The Allen Park track is situated at Debenham Road North, Somersby.
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: Jarred Brook - Jordan Ussher
2018: David Smith - Ryan Smith
2019: ?????? - ???????