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Three Rider Score Dual Australian Junior Track Championships at Barleigh Ranch

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Although over 140 young motor cycle racers tried only 10 succeeded in taking away a major prize of a victory at the 2013 Australian Junior Motor Cycle Track Championships staged on the weekend at the Barleigh Ranch Raceway over the weekend.

Three riders stood out as all of them scored a double of class wins.

All three, nine year old Queenslander Joel Kelso, 15 year old Hunter region rider Max Croker and 14 year old Albur based lass Iilish Ross - have also turned their hand to road racing over the past year each with considerable success.

Pint sized Kelso dominated the 65cc class and then overcame the top qualifier to win the final of the 85cc class.

Croker‰Ûªs double came in the fiercely contested 13 to 16 years of age classes winning both the 2-stroke and 4-stroke classes.

The girls classes attracted much smaller numbers but the competition was no less intense as Ross was made work hard against the likes of Kurri rider Keegan Pickering and Central Coast rider Tia Davis.

In the other classes for the ‰Û÷older kids‰Ûª Cowra rider Ben Cook had to beat off his brother Zack Cook to take a win while Kurri rider Boyd Hollis also stood atop the victory dais.

Gold Coast rider Broc Pearson just fell short off repeating his two wins at the Australian Junior Dirt Track Championship earlier in the year ‰ÛÒ he won the standard wheel class, but was beaten by another impressive Queenslander, Billy Van Eerde of Townsville in the big wheel class.

Central Coast rider Senna Agius matched the effort of Pearson in repeating his victory in the 65cc class for the 7 to Under 9s at Dirt Track Championships - they were the only two riders to do so.

Declan Kennedy added another Queensland name to the list of winners with a clean-sweep of the 85cc 4-stroke class rounds.

Another Kurri rider was also a winner, Max Stauffer, who is on his way to matching the trophy collection of his father Jamie Stauffer. The youngster acknowledged the misfortune suffered by another ‰Û÷son of a gun‰Ûª in Oliver Bayliss as the son of Troy Bayliss qualified for three finals but had mechanical problems in two of them.

Bayliss of course was not the only rider to have a hard luck story at such a meeting.

With the intense competition even the placegetters should be well pleased with their efforts, particularly Kye Thompson, Thomas Duggan and Lawson Walters who all scored a second and third placing.

65cc 7 ‰ÛÒ U / 9 years
1. Senna Agius (Central Coast)
2. Max Stauffer (Kurri)
3. Hunter Penhallurick (Whitsunday)

65cc 9 ‰ÛÒ U / 13 years
1. Joel Kelso (Gold Coast)
2. Matthew Gilmore (Cowra)
3. Caleb Porter (Central Coast)

85cc 4-str. Modified 7 ‰ÛÒ U / 10 years
1. Max Stauffer (Kurri)
2. Bailey Viner (North Brisbane)
3. Rowan Miller (North Brisbane)

85cc 4-str. Modified 10‰ÛÒ U / 14 years
1. Declan Kennedy (North Brisbane)
2. Angus Hutchinson (Kurri)
3. Mitchell Cluff (Central Coast)

85cc 2 str. / 150cc 4-str. Std. Wheel 9 ‰ÛÒ U / 11 years
1. Joel Kelso (Gold Coast)
2. Callan Davies (North Brisbane)
3. Kye Andrews (Taree)

85cc 2-str. / 150cc 4-str. Std. Wheel 11 ‰ÛÒ U / 13yrs
1. Broc Pearson (Gold Coast)
2. Mackenzie Childs (Kurri)
3. Billy Van Eerde (Townsville)

85cc 2-str. / 150cc 4-str. Big. Wheel 11 ‰ÛÒ U / 13 yrs
1. Billy Van Eerde (Townsville)
2. Broc Pearson (Gold Coast)
3. Matthew Gilmore (Cowra)

85cc 2-str. / 150cc 4-str. Big. Wheel 13 ‰ÛÒ U/16 yrs
1. Boyd Hollis (Kurri)
2. Lawson Walters (Kurri)
3. Tom Herrick (Wyalong)

100-150cc 2-str. 13 ‰ÛÒ U / 16 years
1. Max Croker (Kurri)
2. Kye Thomson (North Brisbane)
3. Jack Passfield (Central Coast)

100-150cc 2-str. / 200-250cc 4-str. 13 ‰ÛÒ U / 16 years
1. Ben Cook (Cowra)
2. Zack Cook (Cowra)
3. Thomas Duggan (Cowra)

200-250cc 4-str. 13 ‰ÛÒ U / 16 years
1. Max Croker (Kurri)
2. Thomas Duggan (Cowra)
3. Kye Thomson (North Brisbane)

85cc 2-str. / 150cc 4-str. Girls 11-U / 16 years
1. Iilish Ross (Wyalong)
2. Tia Davis (Central Coast)
3. Keegan Pickering (Kurri)

100-150cc 2-str. / 200-250cc 4-str. Girls 13-U/16yrs
1. Iilish Ross (Wyalong)
2. Keegan Pickering (Kurri)
3. Georgia Gray (Central Coast)

Support Classes (Non- championship class)
85cc 2-str. / 150cc 4-str. Std. Wheel 13 ‰ÛÒ U/16 yrs
1. Iilish Ross (Wyalong)
2. Keegan Pickering (Kurri)
3. Harry Scott (Hunter)

50cc Div. 2 7 ‰ÛÒ U / 9 years
1. Zachary Watson (Taree)
2. Aiden Hawkins (Townsville)
3. Lachlan Hawkins (Townsville)

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