Cameron Donald got a flyer off the line and alongside was Jeremy McWilliams and it was the Northern Irishman that got his nose in front into turn one and kept that lead through turn two as Beau Beaton got the better of Shawn Giles for third place. Beaton then made another move at turn four around the outside to move up to second place, these shenanigans allowing McWilliams to make a small gap.
Beau Beaton around the outside at Lukey Heights on the Irving Vincent to take the lead from McWilliams. Giles then also got the better of McWilliams to push the leading Team UK rider back to third place. Cam Donald looked to be having some sort of problem and that was confirmed when he rolled to a disappointing stop at turn 11.
Beaton started to lose touch with the leading pack with two laps to run after a couple of small mistakes cost him his chance at the podium.
Australia has retained the International Trophy for the teams’ event at the 2014 Australian Motorcycle News International Island Classic at Phillip Island over the Australia Day weekend.
But the victory wasn’t without a fight, with Australia having to work up a sweat against great rival UK to keep its unblemished record in the International Challenge intact. Australia eventually finished the event on 692 points, ahead of the United Kingdom (617), New Zealand (367) and America (341).
1 Australia 692
2 United Kingdom 617
3 New Zealand 367
4 America 341TAHBILK INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
=1 Shawn Giles, Australia, 155
=1 Jeremy McWilliams, UK155
3 Brendan Roberts, Australia, 149
4 Beau Beaton, Australia, 143
5 John McGuinness, UK, 134
6 Mike Edwards, UK, 132
7 Michael Dibb, Australia, 137
8 Cameron Donald, Australia, 118
9 Gary Johnson, UK, 108
10 Steve Martin, Australia, 105