Carter Thompson has secured the inaugural bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup title by finishing seventh in Race 2 this morning.
The recently-selected Asia Talent Cup Australian representative only needed to finish ahead of Angus Grenfell to clinch the title, and he took a sensible approach into the weekend’s second race.
“It’s been a great year, and I’d like to thank all the people who made the Oceania Junior Cup happen,” Thompson said.
“I was a bit nervous before that race, but once it started I knew I just needed to get as far forward as I could.”
Today’s two OJC races were won by Marianos Nikolis, who also claimed his first overall round win ahead of Tom Drane and Archie McDonald.
Thompson ended up at the top of the standings ahead of Grenfell and Drane.
YMF R3 Cup
Zac Levy may have won both today’s YMF R3 Cup races, but it was Hunter Ford who clinched the championship with a couple of consistent finishes.
Ford was running second in Race 2 behind Levy when the race was red-flagged and declared due to oil on the circuit.
The only rider capable of challenging Ford for the title, John Lytras finished third to keep his slender hopes alive.
Levy took the win in Race 3 by just 0.002s from Lytras, with Max Stauffer just 0.1s away from the win. Ford finished in eighth position after a conservative performance, but it was enough for the Newcastle rider to win the title.
“I knew I only had to finish in the top 17 to win the title – winning the race would have been nice, but it’s been a good season,” said Ford, who became the first rider to win back-to-back YMF R3 Cup titles.
Aaron Morris chalked up two more dominant race victories in the Superbike Masters, but the highlight was the battle for second between John Allen and Stephen Kairl.
Some rapid starts from Kairl worked to his advantage in both races, especially Race 3 where he moved into the outright lead for a couple of laps, and he ultimately sealed the runner-up spot.
“I got a bit gifted in that last race, but I’m so lucky to be able to ride such a beautiful bike at such a big event,” Kairl said.