Booth making tracks to increase his lead

WESTBURY historic road racer Peter Booth is looking to increase his lead in the unlimited class of four-round Tasmanian Motorcycle Club's road racing championships on Sunday.

Booth last month enjoyed the perfect start to the season, and his defence of the championship he won last year, with a clean sweep of five wins from five starts, earning 125 points, to sit 27 points clear of 2011 champion Paul Smith.

Club president Cary McMahon said that the historic racing had been split into capacity classes this year to even up the competition.

"Until this year, you could have had a bloke on a 1968 250cc Honda twin competing directly against the powerful 1300cc 1982 four-cylinder GSX Suzukis," he said.

McMahon leads the 700cc- 900cc historic class with 115 points after starting the season with three wins and two second- places. South Launceston's Gunnar Martschinke is second on 76 points.

Devonport's Brad Wootton claimed top honours in last month's two one-hour races and sits on top of the leaderboard for modern machines, despite not riding in the first of four sprint races at the two-day meeting.

Rob Morton is eight points further back in second.

Modern bikes have also been split this year, with 1000cc and 600cc machines gridding up together, but earning points in their respective classes.

Racing starts at 9am, will run until about 4pm, and food and drinks will be available all day.

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