Symmons Plains on Sunday celebrated the return of state championship road racing to Tasmania, after 19 years of club and inter-club events.
Two rounds of the four-round, nine-class, Tasmanian Road Racing Championships will be hosted by Launceston-based Tasmanian Motor Cycle Club at Symmons Plains and two by Hobart’s Sports Riders’ Club of Tasmania, at Baskerville.
TMCC president Cary McMahon raced as a youngster in the 1970s and said that he was delighted to see the sport once again achieving state championship status.
“Road racing went through a bit of a low point for a while,” McMahon said.
“Symmons Plains and Baskerville lost national accreditation and that led to a major drop in the number of competitors.
“But improvements at both tracks saw the two clubs come together to promote an inter-club series and this led to a considerable increase in competitor numbers.
“Now, with the support of Motorcycling Tasmania, Motorcycling Australia and track owners Motorsports Tasmania, we have seen the reintroduction of state championship status.”
Tasmania’s elevation to state championship status has already paid dividends.
Victorian-based Moto-3 rider Matthew Barton raced on Sunday, lured by the status of competing for a state championship.
McMahon was confident that more mainland riders would travel to Tasmania to compete as knowledge of its regained state championship status spread.
Launceston's Jason Spencer has for several years travelled to Victoria to further his ambitions in the 600cc supersport class.
Spencer won the Victorian C-grade Supersport Championship three years ago and for the past two years took home the B-grade title as well as finishing fourth overall last year.
He leads the Tasmanian championship after a clean sweep of wins on Sunday and is looking forward to racing his mainland contemporaries on his home tracks.
Symmons Plains will host the third round of the championships on Sunday, September 8.