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National BEARS Championship Final(s) - Wakefield Park NSW
« Reply #1 on: 12 Oct 2009, 09:48 PM »
DARREN LEWIS NATIONAL F2 BEARS CHAMP

Undefeated in F2 as we headed to Wakefield Park for the finale to the FX-TT, Pro Twins and National BEARS Title.
Darren had never been to Wakefield and was looking forward to getting to know the track until arriving on Friday to the remnants of the severe dust storm that had covered the track. We managed to circulate throughout the day on the dusty and slippery track without finding a set up but were able to get to know the track.

This meeting was a double header to make up for the cancelled Queensland round so Saturday was qualifying and straight in to 4 races for the day and then a complete new meeting for Sunday.
SATURDAY QUALIFYING BEARS were first up and it rained on top of the dust with many riders electing not to go out in the treacherous conditions, Darren did one lap and came in with the bike looking like it had just done the Finke! 13th place on the grid with a progressive grid throughout the day.

SATURDAY RACING

Tyre choice was difficult with the changing conditions and the first 2 races weren’t the best choices for us but we climbed up the grid to 9th for race 3 and got a great start amongst the leaders on the 1198’s with the 848 keeping them honest. Johnson (Shannon) KTMRC8 took the win and Darren brought the Ducati 848 home in 7th outright and first in Formula 2. Race 4 and the sun was shining until we lined up on the grid with slicks, down came the rain and we struggled to the finish collecting some valuable points. We started the meet level points in the Championship with Riley (Jon) 848 and managed to move ahead by 21 points.

SUNDAY QUALIFYING Once again BEARS were up first on a drying track. Problems with the gear selector saw Darren arrive in the pits for a quick change and out again to post 6th fastest time for a second row start.

SUNDAY RACING

Race 1 had Darren up to 3rd into turn 2 ahead of some fast F1 bikes. Tyre choice was correct as we stayed up the front for most of the race only to be top ended by a few of the F1 boys finishing 6th and 1st in F2.
Race 2 was a carbon copy of one collecting maximum points whilst going into the last race with an unbeatable points lead for the title.
The 3rd race was a cracker seeing the 848 contest once again with the bigger F1 bikes. Darren managed to come home in outright 4th in last race with 5 F1 bikes behind him bagging the maximum points haul again for Formula 2 taking the F2 title by 54 points.

Darren would like to express his sincere thanks to his sponsors and particularly to his family and friends who attended the meeting in freezing conditions. Ross and Jill Pene from RENDA GROUP who helped financially to the cause for the meeting, if not for them we may have not made it to Wakefield and of course the loyal sponsors who contributed all year to help Darren to his first national title.


Lewis Racing at Wakefield Park was;
Brett Roberts, Neil Macartney and Andy Baird.
Kim and Henry Lewis.
Greg, Mike, Rob, Bec and Makayla Carr.
Ross and Jill Pene.

Bow to the flag marshals.

DARREN LEWIS
Branch Manager
 
Fraser Motorcycles Newcastle Pty Ltd
137 Lambton Rd Broadmeadow NSW 2292
Ph (02) 4935 9800   Fax (02) 4935 9899
Email [email protected]
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