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Team Anthony Crowned 2014 Bulk Nutrients Elite Sidecar cross’ Australian Champions

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Victorian sidecar aces Neale and Greg Anthony have been crowned the 2014 bulk nutrients elite sidecar champions at the first national championship in over a decade at Horsham, Victoria on the 18th and 19th of October.

Teams from around the country, took the grid to contest the 2014 Australia Elite Sidecar championship with teams qualifying for the start gate on Saturday at the conclusion of the two times practice sessions.

Fastest in the heats where #7 Robinson/Anthony with a track speed around horsham's full circuit of 2 min 6 second to put them into the no1 spot going into the 1st round of 5 15 min motos.

With plenty of sidecars revved up to become Aussie #1, after a perk up from the national anthem all teams where chaffing at the bit to get out the gates and calm the nerves in the first moto.

First opening hole-shot of the weekend went to Team Brooks who lead for many laps and posted the fastest time of the race. However they were reeled in by Team Anthony who went on to cross the line first.
South Australian team Robinson/Anthony qualified fastest and were quite often fastest on track but mechanical issues cost them valuable points -
Fastest qualifiers Team Robinson/Anthony, stayed on pace but later in the race developing a gremlin in the bike, came infield to a stop on more than one occasion. Despite the bad luck for the guys campaign, but they did manage to finish the race and collect some points.

Moto two again saw the Brooks bike storm into the hole shot and set off at a cracking pace and never to be caught. The fastest lap time was set by #7 Robinson/Anthony but again bike issues saw them drop a lap during the race and cross in 9th place. A slowing #12 bike of team Anthony sprouting coolant was nursed across into 2nd place.

Quiet achievers #44 Team Dobie stayed out of trouble all weekend and just kept consistently ticking off the laps with consistent a consistent 3rd.
Team Brooks showed great pace all weekend Credit: Shannon Rogers
The all Women's teams of Schultz/Plowman and and Team Wedge, put in a massive effort all weekend to show that they are no slouches and have a never give up attitude.

First season passenger Eliza Wedge was sporting massive blisters and cramping hands for day two, as she became accustomed to the elite 15 min plus 1 lap moto's. Like every rider in the field Liza had to step up to another level and she did just that hitting the track for every race across the weekend..

Day 2 was panning out to be a risk vs reward decision, with teams trying to work out strategies to advance or hold ground in the title race.

No such decision needed to be made for fastest qualifiers aboard the number 7 machine as Team Robinson/ Anthony who after a heart breaking day 1, fired up on there spare machine for moto three. Closely followed by Team Anthony, they shot off like a scalded cat and ticked through the laps together putting 26 second between them and the rest of the field at the line to claim a big win.

Australian speedway ace Dave Bottrell travelled all the way from Queensland to compete in his first Sidecar cross event and with some great pace for the early laps showed he was just as good behind the bars of a sidecar. being more used to speedway's one minute races Dave and son Chris both searched for that extra fitness required for these very taxing and complex races during the weekend.

Moto 4 saw a repeat of moto three with team Robinson /Anthony taking off with team Anthony to fight it out and again cross the line 1-2. The fast pace found on the soft track on day one by the #8 team brooks was not quite there with the front runners, but still kept banking away the points.
The all female team of Shutlz/Plowman took it to the men all weekend long - Credit: Shannon Rogers
Team Wedge had also been flying under the radar all weekend and stock piling points away with consistent finishes in all races.

Moto 5 the final race of the championship was the focus of the day, with any winner possible from the top 4 teams and with some fast chargers in the pack collecting points and racing to a strategy and track positions would be key in the outcome,with a DNF spelling disaster for any off them.

But in true form Team Anthony took it to the field, sitting first in the points heading into the race they didn't play it safe and still put it to field, going toe to toe with the leading pack for the entire race, triumphantly crossing the line for the win by just .5 of a second.

In a fitting ending to a great Australian title event all competitors crossed the line and got to see the chequered flag in the final moto. The top 3 had certainly put a show on all weekend, with the body of the racers fighting closely with each other to hold or gain spots all weekend for a coveted spot in the National top 10.

Highest placed all women's Team of Shutlz/Plowman had a great result over strong and competitive field, as did the last minute entry of #270 Maloney/Geritts who pushed his beautify presented Rephased XS750 pre 85 yamaha rig to a top 8 place in the final standings! An awesome effort against some really trick modern machinery.

Top Image: Team Anthony claim the 2014 Bulk Nutrients Elite Sidecar cross' Australian Championship

Credit: Shannon Rogers

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