Local rider Boyd Hollis grabbed the opportunity to put his name alongside some big-name previous winners by taking out the final of the 2020 Tradecore Industries Senior Casey Stoner Cup last Saturday at the Kurri Kurri Junior Motor Cycle Club’s Loxford Park Raceway.
The host club also provided the Junior Cup winner in Cody Lewis.
Hollis felt the pressure of the favourites tag going in to the meeting after having previously been runner-up behind notables like Jarred Brook, Kayden Downing and Connor Ryan.
But last Saturday the 8-lap final saw Hollis lead all the way, even though placegetters Luke Bush and Kale Galeano kept the pressure on him throughout.
When he pulled up after a victory lap with the checkered flag his first words to track announcer Peter Baker was simply “At last”.
Hollis had earlier won the Pro 450 final ahead of surprise packet, motocross regular Danny Anderson with Galeano third.
The Pro 250 class saw Angus Hutchinson win all five rounds to continue his recent good form, but he failed to reproduce good results from the heats when the Cup and Pro 450 finals came around.
Classes for Over 35s and Pre’95s machines were both won by Eric Smaller, and there was no lessening of intensity or excitement when they took to the track.
Junior racing again showcased the great talent coming through the ranks.
Even with a small entry list in the 13 to Under 16s the expected close battles for honours ensued and Cody Lewis made it a double for the host club winning the one-off 6-lap Casey Stoner Junior Cup final ahead of Michael West and Rory Hutchinson.
That trio was involved in plenty of close battles during the program.
In the younger age brackets both Alexander Adamson and Riley Nauta scored two class wins, while Taylen Howard and Jake Paige had a win and a minor placing.
Nauta and Howard, along with Jake and Bodie Paige all made the trip down from Queensland worthwhile.
This annual dirt track meeting at the Loxford Park Raceway is normally run in the early part of the calendar year, but ultimately was fortunate to be staged at all in a year so disrupted for sporting events.
The New South Wales Junior Track Championships to be held at Tamworth’s Oakburn Park Speedway next weekend (November 28) meaning the state will get to stage all its State Championship meetings, along annual feature meetings like the Akubra Classic and the Casey Stoner Cup in what has been a much abbreviated season of racing.
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Press Release prepared by Peter Baker 0409 903196; email@example.com
On behalf of Kurri Kurri Junior Motorcycle Club