Taree Motor Cycle Club seeks more titles

TAREE Motor Cycle Club has already applied to host an Australian championship next year.

This follows the success of the national dirt track titles held at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit.

TMC president Craig Nelson said the club hopes to host either a senior or junior championship.

He admits he was concerned when it looked as though wet weather had set in on Friday night. However, conditions were perfect for racing over the two days.

"We took a bit of a gamble and we didn't change Saturday's program, hoping that we wouldn't get any rain on the Sunday,'' Mr Nelson admitted.

"We wanted to run the two rounds on the Saturday, with the third and final round on Sunday morning then the repecharge and finals in the afternoon.''

Mr Nelson estimates the crowd was 1500 on the Sunday and about half that figure on the Saturday, which he said was about what he expected. He understands the Sunday crowd was bigger than was usually attends a national dirt track championship.

"Usually it's just the families of the riders,'' he said.

Mr Nelson admits the appearance of home town hero Troy Bayliss would have been a crowd magnet.

"The locals wanted to see Troy win an Australian title. He didn't let them down.''

He said the finals provided some dramatic and exciting racing.

"All the finals could have been over in about an hour. As it was we went for nearly two-and-a-half hours because we had protests and crashes. There was plenty going on.

"It was great racing.''