Festival to rev up season

THE Tasmanian Motor Cycle Club's road racing season gets off to a flying start at Symmons Plains next weekend  with its annual two-day racing festival.

The headline event will be each day's one-hour race, which boasts a full field of some of the fastest Superbike and Supersport riders from Tasmania and interstate.

Devonport's Brad Wootton hopes to continue the form he showed when he claimed last year's 1000cc club championship and the one-hour crown.

Two-time historic-class club champion Peter Booth, of Westbury, is an early favourite to claim points in the two historic-class half-hour races, on his Period five 240km/h, GSXR Suzuki 1300 - for bikes built between 1973-82 - but is expected to be chased closely by a similarly mounted Bill Burford, of Ulverstone.

But the waters could be muddied with the inclusion this year of up to half a dozen 750cc Period six racers - for bikes from 1983-90.

Although the later-model bikes have less power, they are lighter and have better brakes and handling.

Support classes include up-to-500cc, Lites - for bikes up to 250cc  - and GP125.

TMCC president Cary McMahon said the number of interstate entries meant local riders would have to try that much harder for success and spectators were in for a real racing treat.

Racing starts about 9am each day, spectator entry is free and food and drinks will be available all day.

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