TAREE Motor Cycle Club expects up to 120 riders to contest the Australian Junior Dirt Track Titles to be held at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit on Saturday/Sunday September 23-24 next year.
The club received confirmation this week that its application to host the championship was successful.
“We've had senior championships here in 2014 and 2015, so now we’re having a shot at a junior national championship,’’ Taree Motor Cycle Club president Craig Nelson said.
“Its great news for the club.’’
He expects there will be riders here from South Australia, Victoria, NSW and Queensland.
The Taree club will also be strongly represented. Three members, Hayden Nelson, Jack Hyde and Kye Andrews have all won national titles in the past two years, with Hayden and Jack reigning champions.
Sixteen is the cut off age for juniors.
“We’ll have classes here from peewees through to 250cc,’’ Mr Nelson explained.
The club has already started advertising the event.
“That’s a good thing for the town and the club because we’ll get visiting riders here for our club days to get experience on our track,’’ he said.
“We’ll also schedule extra practice days closer to the date.’’
The club usually conducts club days once a month.
Mr Nelson said all improvements to the track and facilities at the roadside circuit will be completed well before the championships.
Meanwhile it has also been confirmed that the Troy Bayliss Classic will be held at the track on Saturday January 21.
Junior riders for the support classes have received invitations. However, there has been a hiccup with invitations for the senior support classes. They were going to be based on performances at the Akubra Classic at Kempsey last weekend but this was postponed because of wet weather.
“We’re using this because it’s an oil-based track at Kempsey,’’ Mr Nelson said.
“Now we can’t do anything about it until we find out when the classic will be held.’’
This year’s Bayliss Classic was marred by wet weather, with racing eventually abandoned.