Race report – Kwinana Motorplex 31 January 2016

Weather is always a factor when racing at the Kwinana Motorplex. While the showers stayed away until the end of the A grade race, the strong southerly made the uphill finish challenging and would break up many of the races.

The juniors are off and racing

The juniors are off and racing

With a closed course, it was a popular venue for junior racers. With eleven starters in their two lap race. Though after racing up to the finishing line the first time, a couple decided that a one lap race was enough and finished early. No such problems for Madison Mcauliffe who won with such a strong performance, she then raced E grade. Eilidh Milne was second and Kayla Dawson third.

Jordan Dawson wins his first B grade race

Jordan Dawson wins his first B grade race

The small E grade field was quickly blown apart with the wind. With Anita Watters and Ashton Sime at the front, and the other riders chasing individually. A well timed attack on the last lap, saw Sime take the win from Watters, with Callum Milne third.

The D grade stayed together until the last lap, when three riders got free and stayed away, with Matthew Connan taking the win, with Nicholas Connan second and Dharlia Haines third.

Halfway through their 40 minute race, the C grade bunch split. The next couple of laps, very little seperated the two groups. Before the riders int the front group starting working together, increased their lead and stayed away. In the small bunch sprint it was Richard Ramos first, Luke Colum second and Riley Jenkinson third.

After 15 minutes of attacking in B grade, a four rider breakaway was formed. The four worked well together and kept increasing their lead. Jordan Dawson had the strength to ride away from his breakaway companions to claim the win. Mark Matear was second and Zade Zulsdorf third.

A grade saw Henry Pennell get a break early and develop a solid lead. The pursuing bunch did not panic and suddenly Pennell was back. Then four strong riders, Theo Yates, Conor Leahy, Wade Longworth and Logan Calder got free. This time, the bunch behind exploded while chasing, leaving small groups of riders spread around the course. In the end Yates took the win, with Leahy second and Longworth third.

Logan Calder on the front of the successful break in A grade

Logan Calder on the front of the successful break in A grade