Forbes Auto Sports Club stages first championship meeting

RIDE ON: Gympie-based and champion rider Jarred Brook in action on track. Photo: Supplied
RIDE ON: Gympie-based and champion rider Jarred Brook in action on track. Photo: Supplied

Racing returns to the Forbes Auto Sports Club this weekend, as they will stage its first-ever championship meeting.

The club will host the 2021 NSW Senior Track Championships on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11.

The awarding of the title meeting to the club comes as a reward for several years of club events that have been extremely well attended by riders from other tracks who have invariably praised the Forbes venue.

Word about the Forbes track has spread far and wide, judging by the entry-list for this weekend, with riders from all over the state and from as far north as Townsville set to battle it out for honours.

Gympie-based Jarred Brook has been the best performed dirt track racer in Australia over the past few years and he looms as the rider to beat in both the Pro 450 and MX open classes.

Travelling even further this weekend are the Koppe brothers from Townsville with both Damien and Jarrod having national championship wins in their careers.

If the colours of those high-flyer Queenslanders are to be lowered then it will likely be by a younger brigade of home state riders.

From the Hunter Valley there is Boyd Hollis who won last year's Casey Stoner Cup meeting, and a trio of teenagers who have made an enormous impact in their first two years in the senior ranks - Harrison Ryan, Angus Hutchinson and Luke Bush.

Thomas Herrick from West Wyalong, Thomas Donnelly from Gunnedah and Michael Vecchi from Canberra also come with impressive credentials.

In local interest, Blake Maslin will be flying the Forbes club flag.

There is only a small entry of slider machines but the clashes between Harrison Ryan and Michael Slade of Tamworth should be spectacular.

Two of the country's most successful woman racers in Brisbane rider Briony Hendrickson and Hunter Valley rider Keegan Pickering are also among the entries.

There will be plenty of variety on the track with mx-style machines and sliders, plus a good entry of the dirt track sidecars.

In addition to the championship classes there will be support classes for the old blokes and old bikes in the Over 35s and Classics classes, as well as three junior classes.

Racing will take place on both Saturday and Sunday.

Practice starts at 9.15am on Saturday morning and then into the racing. While on Sunday there will be a parade of all competitors to commence proceedings at 9am.

Fans can get to see the racing either day for an admission of $10 per car.

For more information about the weekend's racing visit the Forbes Auto Sports Club's Facebook page, or contact them via email at forbesautosportsclub@gmail.com.