Racing duo on the right track to lasting love

IF THE family that plays together stays together, the future is looking rosy for Westbury couple Peter Booth and Jen Badcock.

The Tasmanian Motorcycle Club members last year each won their class in the club's road racing championships, with Ms Badcock claiming the historic up-to-500cc class and Mr Booth the historic unlimited class.

Ms Badcock said when she first met Mr Booth, he wasn't racing and became her pit crew.

"Then I suffered a workplace knee injury and had to take time off from racing. Peter took up racing and I became his pit crew for the time I couldn't ride," she said.

"I got back into racing at the beginning of last year, after a two-year break, and managed to win the championship in my class."

Mr Booth said the couple had never had a cross word while crewing for each other.

"Even when I went out once to scrub in a new set of tyres for Jen and ended up scrubbing in the whole bike when I lost it on a corner, we didn't fight," he said.

"Jen's really switched on as pit crew too - when I crashed once at Baskerville, she saw how I fell and had a footrest, clutch lever and left-hand handlebar ready to fit when I limped into the pits and I was back out for the next race 15 minutes later."

Mr Booth said it was "particularly satisfying" for each to have won their class in the club championships.

The pair heads off to Phillip Island later this month, where Ms Badcock will again pit for her partner as he competes in the annual Phillip Island Classic.

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