Want to race at the Phillip Island Classic, Australia in 2019?
Posted on 24th September 2018 at 22:59
Would you like the opportunity to race at one of the best motorcycle racing circuits in the World? The Phillip Island circuit, a few hours south of Melbourne, Australia, must be on every racers "must do" bucket list. There may now be an opportunity for fast superbike riders to get involved...read on
"As you may have read in the motorcycle press recently, there isn't going to be a high-profile British team racing at the Island Classic in 2019. What a shame, I thought, especially after Roger Winfield's team of high-calibre professional riders managed to beat the ever-competitive Aussies three years in a row. This isn't the time or place to delve more into the reasons behind this, but it would be great if we could organise a UK team to go there again. Admittedly, it isn't going to have the financial support of recent years so we won't be able to attract the same "star" riders, but nevertheless we can proudly fly the flag!
So, after talking with some other CRMC members who are also keen to race at Phillip Island, I contacted Phillip Island circuit to see if they would like to help us get a UK team across to the event. I am pleased to say they have indicated they will help with transportation costs if there is sufficient interest from us.
I had the pleasure of racing there six times, from 2006 (when our bikes didn't get there and we raced borrowed machines! But that tale is for another day...!) until 2013. It is a fabulous event and a cracking circuit!
We don't have much time though - Phillip Island want an answer by the end of this month!!"
Register your interest in racing at Phillip Island in 2019!
We are looking to gauge interest from riders (or owners of competitive machines?) to compete in the Island Classic International Challenge, which is a race aimed at fast superbikes, the sort of machines we race here in the CRMC Post-Classic Superbike 1 & 2 classes. We are in the very early stages of organising things so at the moment, I cannot give full details but:
We have been asked to field a team of 8 - 10 riders; if there are more than 10, we can usually arrange entry to the other national races, so everybody should get to race
Priority will be given to fast riders and large capacity post-classic superbikes
Costs: Cost of marine freight to Australia will be paid for; competitors will need to fund their own air-fares (approximately £570- £700 currently), accommodation in Australia (budget £300 - £1,200, depending on what you want), fuel and race entry fees (to be advised. NB: Avgas is now banned for motorsport in Australia). I will be able to give a more detailed breakdown of costs in a week or so
Bikes will need to be ready to ship in November; date to be advised. They should then be back in the UK sometime in March 2019
ACU Medical Expense insurance is obviously compulsory (cost to be advised, but likely to be £200+ for one-event cover)
An ACU International Licence is required (so a medical will be needed for riders over 50 upgrading from a National licence)
At this stage, I'd just like to hear from anyone who is interested, to gauge what interest we have and if this is viable. Please let me have your contact details and I'll be in touch as soon as I have more information. We have to give Phillip Island an answer by the end of this month, so please let me know as soon as possible,
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