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Penultimate Round WA Road Racing Championships This Sunday

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The battle line is drawn with several riders having put their stamp on a WA Championship Title in the Weld West State Road Racing Championships ‰ÛÒ the penultimate round is on this Sunday August 30th. as the front running competitors need to make every race count and gain maximum points to stay in the hunt for the 2015 Championship honours.

The front runners need to make every race count and gain maximum points to stay in the hunt before the final round end of October at Barbagallo Raceway with a full 19 event nonstop program.

In the premier class of Superbikes Cameron Stronach leads the Championship with 204 points, second is his brother Ben on 159 and third is McFadden on 150 points. Cameron has a reasonably strong lead over his nearest rival but cannot afford to back off at this stage.

Second and third placegetters have only just 9 points separating them and both are hungry for a podium finish in the Championship. Ben Stronach has won 2 Superbike State Titles in his racing career, one in 2006 and again in 2008.

Brother Cameron has won the previous two years of Superbike titles and is looking towards his 3rd Superbike title in three years. Anthony McFadden has always been a fierce competitor running in the top 4 or 5 and after a 14 year break he has returned to racing looking to grab that elusive Championship title.

In the ‰Û÷B‰Ûª Grade Superbike Series Chris Brown leads with 193 points from Ashley Fleming on 157 and Adam Chambers with 143 points. In the ‰Û÷C‰Ûª Grade Mike Howden leads the way with 189 points, second is Neil Fraser with 156 and third is Alex Scaglioni with 136 points.

The Hughes Supersport 600cc Championship has ex south African Thyron Van Vuuren take the lead with 178 points after round 3 with Livio Zampieri slipping to second on 159 and Ray Tschorn rounds out the top three with 146 points. Van Vuuren has a full on schedule this month heading to Symmons Plains in Tasmania straight after this round to compete in the national Australian Superbike Championships round (4).

In Round 3 of the Fastline 125 GP Championship it was a total domination by Honda machinery with the top five in each of the three races all from that Japanese manufacturer. David Doughty (Fastline Honda RS 125) won all three races but it wasn‰Ûªt all plain sailing and as the day progressed he was made to work harder and harder for his wins up against his younger competitors Doughty leads the championship on 183 points from Noblett who is tied with Jack Twisse (One 2 One Honda RS 125) on 151points.

The Helmet House 300 Production Series - the new entry level class of 4 stroke production bikes is producing some of the best racing with several younger riders taking it up to the more established riders.

Tim Boujos on 145 points has increased his Series lead to 31 points ahead of Michelle Marais with Lachlan Hickey on 98 points. In the 250 Series Hickey leads on 124 points from Hayley Green on 105 and Joel Hunter on 101 points.

Lachlan Keogh will make his return to State Championship racing at this round following his broken wrist at the tuning day prior to the third round. Hickey and Keogh are the next generation of State Champions and both have raced with a maturity well beyond their collective years, and I‰Ûªm sure it won‰Ûªt be long before they are troubling the front runners and winning races.

Sidecars a back for Round 4 with six outfits and so the battle for points will be on again. Without doubt the pairing to beat will be Jero Joyce/Corey Blackman these guys are at the top of their game and I predict another clean sweep for them. Des Harvey/Gary Cushnahan will be keen to put a stop to their winning streak but I can‰Ûªt quite see that happening at this round. Murray Stronach/Joanne Thompson will be back better than ever after a major braking system overhaul and they are the ones I am tipping to fill the podium positions.

You can never discount Mickey Robbins/Karen Dore to throw the proverbial spanner in the works, so these races aren‰Ûªt to be missed as there will be action aplenty. Teams Joyce and Harvey will both be heading to Phillip Island early October for the final round of the national Sidecar Championships, keen to bring a trophy home to WA.

Clubman class racing is still stronger than ever and last round of the Cully‰Ûªs Yamaha Clubman 600 saw Matt Price (Joondalup Carpet Court Honda CBR 600) dominate the day with wins in the first two races and a second place in the last race. Price must now move into the Supersport class having won a round overall. This opens the wins up to previous placegetters Mark Crittenden (Triumph Daytona 675), Ben Shingler (Suzuki GSX 600), Scott Fraser and Scott McCue.

In the Chain Reaction Clubman 1000 Tim De Bruyn (Kawasaki ZX-10) was the overall winner last round and he now moves into Superbikes, leaving Daniel Rignall (Carpet Liquidators Honda) to battle it out with Brian Dick, Andrew Eccles and Jeff Cameron.

Sunday‰Ûªs Practice commences at 8.40am with racing from 10.30 and 1.00pm.

Barbagallo Raceway Wanneroo is located end of Wattle Ave East, off Old Yanchep Road off Joondalup Drive.

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