JARRED Brook’s quest for another sweep of the Australian Long Track Masters’ three major senior categories was denied by a determined ride from Cowra’s Zach Cook at the Bathurst Showground.
Queenslader Brook was searching for a third straight year of Pro 250, 450 and Open victories but on Saturday his goal came to an end at the first hurdle.
Cook won a thrilling Pro 450 final, completing his four laps in a time of one minute and 49.38 seconds to score revenge for his heat defeat to Brook.
The Cowra rider survived a late charge from Brook who finished 1.28 seconds adrift.
However, Brook wasn’t to be denied in the Pro 250 and Open finals.
He led all the way in the Pro Open final but had to fight his way past Brad Burns to win the 250 crown.
The night’s big list of racing categories provided plenty of exciting moments.
Corey and Tom Banks were dominant winners in the Dirt Track Sidecars as they won their final by almost nine seconds.
Shane Hudson and Cam Bell won all of their races on their way to the Long Track Sidecars title.
James Davies won a hard fought duel with Kieran Sproule to win the 500cc Long Track Sliders category.
“I thought the 500 sliders field was fantastic. We had 17 entries and normally we get around half a dozen or so,” Panorama Motorcycle Club president Bruce Morgan said.
“The Long Track Sidecars had just three entries since Darrin Treloar had troubles with his motor. That meant the driver who has always finished second behind him [Hudson] was able to get up, which was good to see.
Amy Wedd was once again a cut above the rest of the competition as she wrapped up the Women’s number one spot with ease, beating Laura Saxon and Bree-anna Etheridge.
The popular Shootout event took place again, pitting riders against the clock in a timed dash around the Showground.
This year Matty Day took first prize with a hot lap of 24.48. Sproule (24.77) and Davies (25.23) filled the minor placings.
Darren Herrick was too good for Bathurst’s Ben Grabham in both the Unlimited 2 Stroke and Over 35s finals.
Tom Lewis won the Evolution MX trophy ahead of Corey Banks while Jody Mason won the Evolution Long Track pointscore.
The day was also a great chance for the next generation of riders to show what they were capable of.
Maurice Brown was untouchable on his way to the 85-150cc title while Harrison Ryan also enjoyed an undefeated run on his way to the top 125-250cc spot.
Morgan said the feedback from both spectators and riders makes the effort of the putting the event together worthwhile.
“The Australian Long Track Masters is the club’s highlight of the year. A lot of riders were saying that the Showground is the best track of the year they get to race on.
“It’s the little things they say that make it worthwhile.
“There’s a lot of people who have helped us put this event together. Now we’re taking down the boards and putting 600 tonnes of blue metal dust back onto the track. It’s a big effort.”
Next year’s date is already set: November 10.