RD1 Wakefield Park NSW
14th-16th March 2014
The first round of the newly named Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Series (known as the Swann Series), has been run at Wakefield Park, Goulburn NSW.
Held under threatening skies, but largely staying dry on the track all weekend.
With massive entries in all classes, and the most competitive Superbike class in years, this was the series to be involved in. The Pro-Twins/ NakedBikes was also very strong, with some very high level of competition.
Being in F2 Pro-Twins we did not have a control tyre this year and believed this may have given us an advantage tyre wise, our choice UK Dunlop NTecs are the best tyre for our bike and I was quite confident until they released the New F1 Pro-Twins Control Tyre and it was UK NTecs, Bugger.
Friday-This year Friday is practice and then Qualifying at the end of the day, which counts for Saturdays grid positions in the AFX-Superbikes Championship, then the fastest lap time from Saturdays 3 races is what decides you grid position for Sundays Races.
Qualifying went well for us as our tyres hadn’t done many laps, but due to lack of testing we had to use our tyres during practice before Qualifying, rather than have brand new ones on, regardless we Qualified very well, fastest F2 bike and 4th fastest bike outright for a front row start, and anew PB for Wakefield Park 1.02.3sec lap. Yahoo
Saturdays– Racing went well with some great tight racing in all 3 races, being 1st F2 Pro-Twins bike in all 3 races and 4th, 3rd and 5th Outright.
Sunday- Unfortunately I got bumped back to 5th on the grid courtesy of a slightly quicker lap time in Saturdays races by one Phil Lovett on his new 1300 KTM NakedBike.
It was great to see a crowd on the hill, best crowd I had seen at Wakefield in years.
Race 1- was a struggle getting the now mandatory ordinary start, and letting half the field pass before the first corner, had a great battle of 5 guys for 3rd unfortunately I ended up 8th but 1st F2 Pro-Twins bike.
Race 2- James Arnold from SA on a very rapid Ducati 1199 Panigale was the main problem in this race because I just could not find a safe way past him and tried a lot of different approaches, but with Mario Gonzalez also dive bombing me on the brakes and passing up the straight on his RSV4 Aprilia it was a tough old race for the 848 and I but whilst we were so much faster around the top of the circuit it wasn’t possible to pass so slightly frustrated 6th outright and 1st F2 Pro-Twins bike.
Race 3- Same sort of thing as race 2 with James and Mario but this time 2 times Pro-Twin F1 champion Simon Galloway KTM RC8 1200 rocketship was stuck behind them too, this epic dual between the 4 of us was on till the chequered flag, .6 of a second covering 3rd to 6th place which unfortunately was me, but I did equal my new PB set in Qualify and I was overall F2 Pro-Twins winner for the round
The next Weekend I rode at the Barry Sheene Festival of Speed at Eastern Creek (now SMP) on a borrowed P6 250 1990 Yamaha TZ 250 Grand Prix bike owned by brother Al( He has 2 this one was the one he raced this year at the Isle of Mann and it still had the same tyres on it), and despite getting no practice ( left the fuel tap off had to push it back) and having never ridden any 2 stroke bikes at this track, I qualified 4th fastest in a field of 32 riders (we only got 3 laps) and won 3 out of the 4 races (Race 3 I had to start from pit lane but got back to 5th place) and set a new P6 250GP lap record. So great Weekend.