Riders to resume rivalry at Plains

THE close rivalry between Brad Wootton and Kurt Sushames will come alive again at Symmons Plains on Sunday when the North-West riders line up for the second round of the five-round Tasmanian Motor Cycle Club road-racing championships.

Sushames claimed bragging rights over Wootton in each of February's one-hour races, earning 50 points for his two wins, with Wootton third, on 37 points.

He also scored higher than Wootton in the four sprint races and sits on 90 points to lead his closest rival by five points in the club's unlimited championship.

Rivalry is equally fierce in the historic championship's unlimited class where Ulverstone's Bill Burford and Westbury's Peter Booth are the likely contenders in the Period 5 category, for bikes built between 1973 and 1982.

Burford claimed honours in the two half-hour races - for historic bikes from all periods - finishing the weekend with 45 points, for a second and a first place, with Booth finishing third on 38, for his third and second places on a Period 6 bike with failing front brakes.

David McCullagh split the rivals in the two endurance races, claiming second overall just two points behind Burford after finishing first and third, respectively, in the two races.

Booth switched to his 1983, Period 5 Suzuki 1300 for the four sprint races and turned the tables on the similarly mounted Burford, with four straight wins to his rival's four second places.

McCullagh, who races a 1990 Period 6 Suzuki 750, enjoyed a clean sweep of wins in his class.

The historic championship also includes classes for 250-500cc, 500-700cc and 700-900cc, with categories for modern bikes of 125cc, 250cc and 500cc also part of the program.

Racing starts at 9am, entry is free for spectators and food and refreshments will be available all day.

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