The 2018 Honda / The Construction Team Central Coast Cup dirt track motorcycle meeting fires into action this weekend (May 26 and 27) at the Allen Park track at Somersby, NSW.
In terms of the number of competitors and its prestige this is arguably the biggest motorsport event on the Central Coast this year.
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.
This weekend will see four previous winners of the Senior Cup among the entry list.
Luke Gough won the inaugural staging of the event back in 2005 and is still a force to be reckoned with as he takes on dual winner from 2015 and 2016 David Smith, and the only two riders who have won both the Junior and Senior Cup events ‰ÛÒ Sean McLellan and Jarred Brook.
Defending champion Brook has been concentrating on road racing this year but success in the recent Queensland Championships showed he is the rider to beat.
If there is to be a new name added to the honour roll of senior winners this year there are two stand-out contenders - teenager Mackenzie Childs who came out on top of meetings at Kurri Kurri and Raymond Terrace earlier this year and multi championship winner Michael Kirkness. With last year‰Ûªs Junior Cup winner Jordan Ussher now moved in to the senior ranks there will definitely be a new name on the Junior honour roll.
Leading contenders appear to be the very in-form Singleton rider Ryan Smith, local Harry Ryan and a duo from Melbourne, Max Berry and Zane Kinna.
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.
All junior riders will use this weekend as a shakedown for the New South Wales Junior Dirt Track Championships at the Somersby track on September 15 and 16.
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 Mr. David Harris 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.
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
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 ??? - ???