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« Reply #2 on: 18 Jun 2008, 06:51 PM »
Thanks for that.  A great read, and terrific to see Darren and the 848 doing so well!  Gee, I wouldn't mind cracking the 2 minute mark myself - 1:42 is pretty quick!

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« Reply #1 on: 18 Jun 2008, 03:40 PM »
G'day,

The following is a bit of an update from one of our members, and keen supporter of the club, Darren Lewis, as he shares his unique insight into the options available to run in a new 848 ;

"Hi Everyone,

Just a quick summary of the 3rd round of the National Bears meeting held at Eastern Creek.

We arrived Saturday to a very cold and windy track for practice and waited until the 3rd session for the track to warm up to get some laps in.  I wasn't able to get the drive out of the turns so a quick and easy shock change saw us getting straight into the 1minute 42s.

Sunday morning was qualifying and we were the first cabs off the rank. Again a very cold and windy morning saw qualifying times slower than usual.  After 5 laps the 848 was on the second row, 3rd formula 2 bike out of a 41 strong field.

Race 1 and I wasn't able to get the best of starts as I went into turn 1 about 15th, then dived up the inside and back into about 6th and with the front pack.  To turn 3 and David Butler on the Ducati Penrith 848 lost the front and speared off the track in spectacular fashion causing a red flag and a restart.

Wow, what a first race.

I blew the restart and had to fight with Goold and Hopper then found a comfortable rhythm. I just wanted to finish the race and get some race laps under my belt.  Shane Goold on his tricked up 996 was very hard to pass but eventually I got him down the shoot to take 6th outright and 2nd place in Formula 2.

Race 2 was a quicker pace with a better start and a full on battle with 2 Triumph 675s and boy were they hard to shake. They would dive under me at turns 2 and 9 and the 848 stomped passed down the straights or through the fast turns. Our bike really had some impressive speed for a stock 848 with an exhaust system and a bit of mapping. Standard Showa suspension is also used which will get a bit of a tweak for our next race meeting. Anyhow we ended race 2 with another 6th outright and claimed 1st place in Formula 2.

Race 3 and another delayed start due to a sighting lap crash so we re grid for a second time. I got the usual bad start (need to do some work on that), but I had a good entry into 2 and was up with Mick Johnston and John Lyons for a lap and then got consumed in another huge dice with the 2 Triumphs and Stephen Goold again.  I eventually got them to finish in 7th only to be told that I had jumped the start and received a 10 second penalty. 11th outright and 5th in Formula 2, oh well one more race to go so we fuel up and got ready.

Race 4 saw us get a pretty good start and again Chris Panayi and Dean Holmes on the Triumphs were yapping at my heals. Swapping positions race long until I was able to get Dean on the line with the power of the 848 Ducati. 7th outright and 3rd in Formula 2.

A great debut for us with 6th outright and 1st place in Formula 2 on the Ducati 848, not too bad for my first race back since 1999.

Thanks to the following for your assistance.

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Neil Macartney
The Lewis family.

DARREN LEWIS
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Fraser Motorcycles Newcastle"
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