Hopes of Tasmanian success at next weekend’s Australian historic road racing championships fall on the shoulders of four riders.
Tasmanian Motor Cycle Club members Peter Bellchambers, of Railton, and Scott Honeychurch and Courtney McMahon, of Legana, made their way to Broadford, Victoria, this week.
Luke Rockliffe, of Launceston, arrived last week to also compete in the Southern Classic, also at Broadford, last weekend.
Bellchambers said that he would race his 750cc GSXR Suzuki in the Period 6 750 and unlimited championships. Period 6 is the category for motorcycles built between 1983 and 1990.
“I was third in the (age-based) masters class, won that round of the Victorian historic championship and even managed to beat Scott, who was having a few machine issues,” Bellchambers said.
He’s got his bike sorted now, so I’d like to be somewhere near him, up the pointy end.”
Similarly mounted Honeychurch said that he was aiming for a top-three finish in the Period 6, 750 class.
He finished fourth at the championships last year after switching from modern bikes to historic racing a few years ago. “It’s really just me going full circle,” he said.
“I started racing on a GSXR when they were the latest thing around and after racing modern bikes for quite a few years, it feels a bit like reliving my youth.”
McMahon was circumspect when asked about her expectations in the Period 6, 250cc class.
“My best finish was fourth, in 2016, when Symmons Plains hosted the event, but over there, away from my home track, I’m aiming for a top-10 finish,” she said.
“Basically, the Broadford track is Baskerville backwards – I’ve raced at Baskerville often enough, but as I’ve never raced in the reverse direction, that’s probably not much help.
Rockliffe races in the Period 3 sidecar class, for machines built between 1946 and 1962.
He recently swapped his 500cc Period 3, single-cylinder 500cc Norton for a 750cc twin and said that he was looking forward to competing on the faster machine.