KYE Andrews was the star performer in a great effort by Taree Motor Cycle Club riders at the Australian Junior Dirt Track Titles held at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit.
Andrews won all three major events in the 13-under 16 class. Of the 11 championships decided over the two days, Taree riders claimed four and had seven podium finishes. Andrews began his assault when he qualified first in the combined 150/250 13 - under 16. He qualified second in the 250cc premium class and was a close third in the 150cc class behind Kysham Weal of Queensland, the current Australian long track champion and Queensland title holder. The combined class was the first of the finals where Andrews got the hole shot and led from start to finish. The second of the classes, the 150cc was held over rounds. The championship went down to the final race, where once again Andrews got the hole shot and led all the way.The premium race for the day was the 250cc class, which wasn't without drama. Two riders came down and the race was red-flagged. Andrews then had another outstanding start in the re-run and again led to the finish line.Hayden Nelson claimed Taree's fourth championship in the the under 11 85cc class, where he led the final from start to finish. This was his second successive Australian title, although he was riding in an older division this year. He scored a win over Tom Drane from Forbes, who has dominated the division this year, winning four of the six titles.
Will Bisley finished with two second places in the 9-under-11 division while Mitch Bisley was third in the 13-16 years 85cc.
Taree Motor Cycle Club president Craig Nelson said one rider sustained a broken wrist, but otherwise there were no major incidents over the weekend.
He admitted the crowd figures were disappointing and said the hot and windy weather may have contributed. He said the club received a number of compliments on the state of the track and the organisation of the championship. However, Mr Nelson added the club won’t be applying to host a State or Australian title next year at senior or junior level while it concentrates on starting off-road events.