Race Report PCRA/BRA Round 6 Wakefield Park.
The final Round of the PCRA Bucket Racing Championships was held at Wakefield Park on Saturday 30th August
on a bleak bitterly cold Winters day. The five bucket championships produced close racing all year and the final meeting didn't disappoint.
Forty plus Bucket Racers get under way
in race one at round six at Wakefield Park.
#77 Tyler Bradford already with a good
lead went on to win race one.
Coming to the final round #77 Tyler Bradford (BBE CBR150) had a
commanding seventy five point lead making him the 2014 Motolite champion. #28 Jack McGauley (Honda RS85cr), Tyler's nearest challenger had a lot of podium finishes but no wins so even if Tyler no scored and Jack won all three races Tyler was still the championship winner because of his greater number of wins.
To make it a family affair Jacks dad #32 Marty McGauley (Honda CR85) was
third and Anthony Marsden fourth. (did not compete
in final round) and #11 Michael McLean (Honda CBR150)
Raymond Skidmore #79 being pushed hard by the 2014 Motolite champion #77 Tyler Bradford. Raymond won the day with 2 wins and a second.
Due to timing problems while qualifying the grid was a bit mixed up with some riders out of place,
however everyone slotted into their usual order once racing got under way.
The blue #77 Tyler Bradford (BBE CBR150) went
into the lead to win race one convincingly. #79
Raymond Skidmore (Honda RS 150) fought his way
through from a low grid spot to finish second and pushing
Jack McGauley into third. Next up came the evergreen #42
Andrew de Jersey (Honda CB200) in fourth. followed by
#94 John Olip (Moriwaki 85) in fifth place with #18 Brian Mowle
(Honda CBR150) sixth and #22 Jeff Angel (Moriwaki80)
Number 11 Michael McLean (Honda CBR150) finished
in eight place moving himself into fourth place in the championship. Next up came #32 Marty McGauley (Honda CR85)
ninth and #170 Michael Child (Supermono 197) came
Race 2 saw #79 Raymond Skidmore pass Tyler Bradford on lap
two and went on to a well judged win over Tyler. Jack
McCauley came in third with Andrew de Jersey fourth.
John Olip who was running in a strong fifth place suddenly dropped back down to
eight due to some problem. Brian Mowle continued his good form with another
sixth place and Michael McLean consolidated his points score for
fourth place in the championship by finishing
seventh. John Olip managed to limp across the line in
eight with #170 Michael Child coming in ninth .
was a carbon copy of the previous race with Ray Skidmore winning by .5 sec.
with the finishing order as in race two.
Motolites Round 6 results:
- 79 RAYMOND SKIDMORE -- HONDA RS 150
- 77 TYLER BRADFORD----- BBE HONDA150
- 28 JACK MCGAULEY------ HONDA RS 85
- 42 ANDREW DE JERSEY--- HONDA CB200
- 18 BRIAN MOWLE (NSW)-- HONDA CBR150
- 32 MARTY MCGAULEY(NSW) HONDA 85
- 94 JOHN OLIP (NSW)---- MORIWAKI 85
- 11 MICHAEL MCLEAN(NSW) HONDA CBR150
- 170 MICHAEL CHILD(NSW) SUP 190
This year Tyler Bradford on his finely honed ex Garry Briggs
Blue Harvest Pools Big Bang Engine Honda 150 has been outstanding for speed and consistency.
He won eight races this season and was on the podium for the remaining
Up and coming Jack McGauley on his Subway sponsored Honda RS85cr was
Tyler's nearest challenger. Jack is improving on every outing, just needs to make that final step up on the podium. No doubt it will come.
Keeping it in the family Marty McGauley scored good points in every race. He came in a fine
third riding the Supermoto style Honda CR85.
Riding the wheels off of his bog standard CBR150
the hard charging Michael McLean moved up to fourth in the championship in the final meeting.
After having his CBR150 tweaked mid season a very much in form Brian Mowle leaped up the finishing order to net fifth place in the championship.
Coming into the final round the Superlite PRO championship had #38 Junior Murphy (BBE Honda CB150) leading from #65 Tim Smith (Honda CB150) by
thirty four points with #169 Ian Gregory (Honda CB150) a further
seventeen points behind and #2 Ken Lindsay (KLR Honda RCB150)
four points off of Ian. With seventy five points up for grabs it was still anyone's championship.
169 Ian Gregory Honda CB150 won the day but
38 Junior Murphy took home the
2014 Superlite PRO
Race one was restarted after a first corner incident which would see
second placed championship contender #65 Tim Smith not get to the restart and taking him out of the championship equation. #80 Lyle Bennett on the
fast but fragile (Honda H100) got the hole-shot and was never headed. #169 Ian Gregory (Honda CB150) and #38 Junior Murphy (BBE Honda CB150) were locked together as they have been the whole year with Ian making the decisive move on Lap
three and holding
second place to the end.
Junior was third and #2 Ken Lindsay (KLR Honda RCB150) came in fourth.
Race two. With the #80 Lyle Bennett machine not on the start grid (ignition problems) and #65 Tim Smith starting at the rear of the 40 odd bike grid, Junior only needed to finish to retain the championship. Ian got the hole-shot but Junior was not letting him get away and snatched the lead on lap
three. Ian wasn't having any of it and getting a better run out of the last corner won the drag to the line. #2 Ken Lindsay finished
third and #65 Tim Smith having battled his way through the hordes of CommuterLites came in fourth giving him a better grid position for the final race.
Race three the final race and #38 Junior Murphy and #169 Ian Gregory once again
locked in battle, it came down to the last corner and the drag to the line had Ian getting the verdict by .08 of a sec.
#2 Ken Lindsay again came in third and finishing in third place in the championship. #65 Tim Smith came in fourth and fourth in the championship.
Superlite PRO Round 6 Results
1 169 IAN GREGORY (NSW) HONDA 150
2 38 JUNIOR MURPHY (NSW) HONDA CB 125
3 2 KEN LINDSAY (NSW) HONDA RSC 150
4 65 TIM SMITH (NSW) HONDA CL 150
5 80 CARLYLE BENNETT (NSW) HONDA 100
Superlite PRO 2014
With five wins this season and being on the podium for the rest of the races Junior riding his distinctive Honda 60s style racer with Big bang engine proved hard to beat for speed and consistency.
Although Ian had the speed shown by his six wins and podium finishes a couple of DNFs ruined his chances. Ian has been runner up for the past
four years surely next year will be his time.
By finishing third in the 2014 Superlite Pro championship King Kenny maintains his record of finishing in the top three for 14 of the past 15 years.
Ken has five Superlite PRO championship crowns won
in that period.
Tim Smith travels from Orange to all the meetings and has been a Superlite class supporter for many years. This year Tim mounted a formidable challenge for the title with 3 wins and many podiums. Coming into the last round Tim was in
second place in the championship albeit 34 points down but a DNF in race one pushed him back to fourth
one point behind Ken Lindsay (third). With reliability so good now any DNFs are fatal for championship contenders. No doubt Tim will be back with renewed vigour next year.
The Superlite Amateur class came to the final meeting with #81 Robert Tisdell (Honda CB150) trailing #62 Jim Murphy (BBE Honda CB150) by
eleven points with #31 Duncan Taylor (Kawasaki KH100)
seventeen points further back and #8 Kurt Wagus (BBE Honda CB150) just
one point behind Duncan.
81 Robert Tisdell was in devastating form
winning all three races and clinching the
championship in the very last race.
start was a disaster for #8 Kurt Wagus as he went down with nowhere to go when another bike crashed out right in front of him. The red flag came out. Kurt's bike was too damaged to continue. One contender out before one lap completed.
The restart saw a very determined Robert Tisdell
jump into the lead as he knew he had to win the 3
races to win the championship. Robert held on to win
from #62 Jim Murphy second
and #181 Glenn Tisdell (Suzuki150) third. Wildcard #43 Dan Harrison (Honda CB150)
was fourth. followed home by #31 Duncan Taylor (Kawasaki KH100) and #164 Darrell Francis (Honda CB150).
Again in race two #81 Robert Tisdell
got a great start raced to a flag to flag win, but Jim Murphy was
pushed back to third by #43 Dan Harrison on lap three. #31 Duncan Taylor came in fourth and with #181 Glenn Tisdell
retiring from race two Duncans third place in the championship was assured.
Murphy's championship lead was down to three points and it looked like Robert was on a roll.
And so it was #81 Robert Tisdell (Honda CB150) made no mistake winning comfortably and clinching the Superlite AM championship by
two points in the final race of the series. That's as close as it gets.
#43 Dan Harrison again finished second and #62 Jim Murphy third. Duncan Taylor came in fourth on the lone Kawasaki two stroke to claim
third place in the Championship. #164 Darrell Francis came home fifth. on the day
and sixth in the Championship.
Superlite AM Round 6 results:
- 81 ROBERT TISDELL (NSW)-- HONDA CB 150
- 43 DAN HARRISON (NSW)---- HONDA 150
- 62 JIM MURPHY (NSW)------ HONDA XL 125
- 31 DUNCAN TAYLOR (NSW)--- KAWASAKI KH 100
- 164 DARRELL FRANCIS (NSW) HONDA CB 150
- 181 GLENN TISDELL (NSW)-- SUZUKI 125
- 8 KURT WAGUS (NSW)------- HONDA 150
Superlites AM 2014
Despite missing the first round of the championship Robert Tisdell rode
fast and consistent throughout the season keeping his eye on the prize and waited for the final race of the year to clinch the Championship. That's cutting it close.
Robert had seven wins and six podiums. It's a well deserved result for the Bathurst rider.
Jim Murphy had one win ten podiums and finished all
fifteen races He led the championship for most of the year. Lost by
two points in the very last race. That's racing!
#31 Duncan Taylor from Canberra campaigns a Kawasaki KH100 which he put to good use. At the very wet round two Duncan scored a win and a
third propelling him up to second in the championship
at that time. He finished a well deserved third in the championship.
Fourth place finisher Kurt Wagus had 6 wins, 3 podiums and was a strong contender even though he missed round three. Not being able to start in the final round due to bike damage put paid to his title challenge.
The final round of the Commuterlite Pro championship saw #136 Ron Pulido (CBR125) having a
twenty point lead over #48 Nicolas Wenban (Honda CBR125) who in turn had a
ten point advantage over #888 Jack Robinson (CBR125). The Championship was Ron's to lose but as long as he finished in the first
four he was OK. Ron and Jack had to win and hope Ron had a bad result.
Queenslander #44 Mark Strong won round six Commuterlite Pro class with two wins and a third.
Ron Pulido won the Championship.
In race one
wildcard riders #88 Leanne Nelson and #44 Mask Strong upset the natural order with Leanne winning and Mark
coming in third. #48 Nicolas finished second clawing back
four points from Ron who finished fourth. #888 Jack Robinson was pushed back to fifth and was followed home by #16 Robert Young (KTM125)
Race two saw #44 Mark Strong have a flag to flag win with Nicolas Wenban
second. This time #88 Leanne Nelson was never in the hunt as some gremlins struck her little Honda and she retired after completing
two laps. A great battle for
third between #888 Jack Robinson and #136 Ron Pulido ended in Jacks favour. Ron now was close to the title all he had to do was finish the next race and he was Champion.
Race Three again saw #44 Mark Strong tear into a solid lead but this time Nicolas kept much closer. Disaster for #888 Jack Robinson he didn't make the start due to some technical issues with his machine, what a shame after such a strong season for it to end this way.
All eyes were on Ron Pulido third initially, on lap
two he was passed by Leanne Nelson but he stayed out of trouble to come home fourth and clinch the 2014 Commuterlite
PRO title by a margin of eight points.
Commuterlite PRO final results:
- 44 MARK STRONG (NSW)------ Honda CBR 125
- 48 NICOLAS WENBAN (NSW)--- Honda CBR 125
- 136 RON PULIDO (NSW)------ Honda CBR 125
- 88 LEANNE NELSON (NSW)---- Honda CBR 125
- 888 JACK ROBINSON (NSW)--- Honda CBR 125
- 16 ROBERT YOUNG (NSW)----- KTM 125
- 7 RICHARD DRAPER (NSW)---- Honda CBR 125
- 42 ANDREW DE JERSEY (NSW)- Honda CBR 125
Commuterlite PRO 2014
The Commuterlite PRO class put on some close and
exciting racing throughout the year. This year Ron
Pulido rode fast and consistent putting his crasher
reputation behind him. Ron won the Commuterlite PRO
championship by eight points.
challenger Nicolas Wenban got close, stringing seven consecutive
wins together but lost out in the end by those eight
Third in the championship 888 Jack
Robinson came into the final round looking to
improve should Ron or Nicolas falter but a DNF in Race
three at Wakefield Park cost him but he
retained his third place.
Fourth in the championship, Commuterlite stalwart
from the beginning of the class Robert Young had a
steady season. Half way through the season he
introduced the KTM125 and is steadily improving it.
Should be sorted for next year. Nice to see
something different on the grid other than the
hordes of Honda CBR125's.
Once again it was business as usual for #17 Adam Cameron (Honda CBR125) winning two races and second in the third, clinching the overall win for the day and the Commuterlite AM championship. After a fierce battle with #13 Andrew Martin (Honda CBR125) Adam had to give best in race three. Andrew Martin finished second overall in the day with #104 Ron Wenban (CBR125) third.
Adam Cameron 17 won the
final Championship round and the 2014
Commuterlite AM Championship. In the final race
of the day race three he had to give best to the
ever persistent #13 Andrew Martin.
Race one had the #17 Adam Cameron (Honda CBR125) machine out in front with a hotly contested battle for second place between #104 Ron Wenban (CBR125), #13 Andrew Martin (Honda CBR125) and #40 Richard Cook (Honda CBR125) finishing in the that order.
Race two again had Adam Cameron comfortably out in front being chased by a fast improving #82 Corey Smith (Honda CBR125) with #104 Ron Wenban a gnats whisker behind. A trio of riders #40 Richard Cook, #13 Andrew Martin and Jason Blanch were locked in battle swapping places every lap finishing fourth fifth and sixth covered by the proverbial blanket.
Race three looked like more of the same with the orange #17 machine flashing into the lead but #13 Andrew Martin had other ideas and took the lead on the last lap from a surprised Adam Cameron, to win the last race of the 2014 Commuterlite AM championship.
Behind this duo a long string of CommuterLites were doing battle (Moto3 eat your heart out) finishing in the following order 82 Corey Smith, #40 Richard Cook, #73 Oliver Higgins, #10 Jason Blanch, #222 Fil Pulido, #92 Julie Klinker, #555 Nicholas Miller, #26 Anthony Vassallo, #131 Rez Pulido, #16 Robert Young (KTM125), and #108 Frank Loveridge.
Commuterlite Am final
- 17 ADAM CAMERON (NSW)---- Honda CBR 125
- 13 ANDREW MARTIN (NSW)--- Honda CBR 125
- 104 RON WENBAN (NSW)----- Honda CBR 125
- 82 COREY SMITH (NSW)----- Honda CBR 125
- 40 RICHARD COOK (NSW)---- Honda CBR 125
- 10 JASON BLANCH (NSW)---- Honda CBR 125
- 73 OLIVER HIGGINS (NSW)-- Honda CBR 125
- 222 FIL PULIDO (NSW)----- Honda CBR 125
- 92 JULIE KLINKER (NSW)--- Honda CBR 125
- 131 REZ PULIDO (NSW)----- Honda CBR 125
- 555 NICHOLAS MILLER (NSW) Honda CBR 125
- 26 ANTHONY VASSALLO ----- Honda CBR 125
- 3 PETER LINDSAY (NSW)---- Honda CBR 125
- 108 FRANK LOVERIDGE (NSW)
Honda CBR 125
Adam Cameron riding the well turned out Orange Honda
CBR125 was the stand out rider in the Commuterlite
AM class. In his rookie year he dominated the class
with nine wins, plus four podiums finishing all of the
Runner up #73 Oliver Higgins (CBR125) started the
year in great form and with two wins under his belt
was tied with Adam Cameron for the championship lead
at round three but various bike maladies causing
poor results hurt his final points score. Even so
Oliver managed to finish all fiftheen races gaining
valuable points and securing a fine second place in
Third placed championship rider #13 Andrew Martin
(Honda CBR125) was also another newcomer to the
Commuterlite AM class and showed a great turn of
speed winning two races and being on or close to the
podium in the races he finished. However two DNFs
blunted his challenge, Andrew is a rider to watch in
There is no doubt that the Commuterlite classes
encourage riders young and old to give road racing a
go. The introduction of the AM class to
Commuterlites has been a huge success and in its
inaugural year had more bikes on grid surpassing the
other Bucket classes. With the faster riders from
the AM class moving up to the Commuterlite PRO's
next year good entries and close racing is ensured
in both Commuterlite classes.
Typical of the dicing in
Bucket racing, always close and a lot of fun.
Here #22 Jeff Angel leads #11 Michael Mclean,
#181 Glenn Tisdell, #32 Marty McGauley and #104
Open Rules. Phenomenal Racing