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2024 NSW Dirt Track Season Lifts Off At Somersby Super TT Meeting

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Photo of Dirt Track rider Danny Anderson
Danny Anderson. Photo: Emma Compagnon

Top-flight competitors from motocross and enduro were the stars of the first-ever staging of the Somersby Super TT meeting on Sunday, February 25.

The Central Coast Junior Motor Cycle Club added two jumps to their traditional dirt track and they provided competitors with a different challenge and fans with additional excitement points to focus on.

The All Stars Challenge was the highlight of the meeting with five rounds pitting riders from different disciplines of the sport against each other.

Motocross duo Danny Anderson and Danny Ham emerged as the top-scoring duo, while another motocrosser Nathan Brochtrup and enduro rider Broc Grabham also showed out well.

What was interesting was that riders from all disciplines were out of their comfort zone with at least some part of the track which required them to take on two jumps each lap on a surface that was heavy from rain over the previous two days.

Dirt track regulars were clearly outjumped, often being overtaken in midair, but even the motocross riders acknowledged that they could learn by watching the dirt trackers cornering technique.

The motocross and enduro riders ‘had a ball’, not just because they aced the dirt track brigade, but they enjoyed doing something different to what they have become accustomed to over the years.

A return in 2025 is already on the agenda.

Broc Grabham was the only All Star contestant to take on the regulars in the Pro 450 class, and he came out on top because of his consistency of finishing in the top three in all five rounds.

Central Coast Cup winner David Smith looked on track to take the overall victory but a fall in his last round relegated him to third overall behind his brother Peter.

David Smith lamented his jumping, but it was only really his landing that ended his day along with the closely following Eric Smaller who crashed into Smith who speared across the track on landing.

In the Mixed Senior class Smaller had already wrapped up the Over 35s, while James Wood was best on the 250cc machines.

Multiple junior classes as usual showed off some of the great talent coming through the ranks.

While many of the juniors were racing over the jumps for the first time they all seemed to relish the opportunity of doing something new and different.

Hunter rider Max Earl had some great battles with Queenslander Riley Nauta and while Earl topped the two classes in which they met, the two were never far apart on the track.

Nauta won another class he contested and in total, he rode five rounds in three classes, each event over six laps, a total of 90 laps as well as a few laps of practice in each class.

Another youngster from the Hunter, Braxsen Anderson, son of Danny, matched the two class wins by Earl.

The most dominant junior performer was Gold Coast rider Levi Layton who cleaned up a red-hot 9-Under 13s class winning all five rounds and then the final, often having to come from behind, while William Wiggins was the other class winner.

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