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LIMINTON AND LEWIS TEAM UP FOR PRO THUNDER

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Round 3 of the Red Baron FX Nationals and YMF Loan Australian FX Superbike Championship held at Eastern Creek, NSW. July 2011
First time out with Darren Lewis (Ducati 848 #4) and Richard Liminton (Ducati1198S #3) both in full team colors and the bikes looked fantastic. Darren missed the last round at Wakefield Park due to illness so he was keen to accumulate some points and Richard was leading the points standings in his class so he was eager to bolster that Championship lead.

We arrived at a cold and damp Eastern Creek circuit for Friday practice with both riders getting some important track time. It was difficult to settle on a base setting due to the changing conditions of the day. Darren was satisfied with his Ducati 848 by the end of practice with a dry track setting ready for Saturday qualifying but Richard experienced gearbox problems with his machine and it looked ominous that he would not take part in the weekends racing. However thanks to Phil Lovett of Lovett’s Earthmoving Cessnock, Richard was able to race. Phil loaned Richard a spare Ducati 848, not the F1 bike that Richard is used to but he was able to contest and keep his Championship hopes alive. Great camaraderie, thanks again Phil.

Saturday Qualifying and Pro Thunder was out first on a wet track, Richard was able to put the donor bike into 9th on the grid with Darren electing to qualify on slicks was way back in 23rd. The races are a progressive grid, so where you finish in the race is where you start in the following race, so the riders were optimistic about Saturdays races.


Race 1 of the RED BARON FX NATIONALS and both riders had some work to do with Darren #4 making a good start and working his way from 23rd to finish 9th and 1st in the Formula 2 class with Richard #3 on an unfamiliar bike fighting it without a steering damper to get home in 13th but getting some points in F1 with 4th in class.

Race 2 saw Richard still working hard to stay on the bike with the bike trying it’s best to throw him off he somehow made a fine finish in 13th. Darren was able to work further forward in the pack to 7th and again 1st in class not without some spirited dicing Brad Glennan on the Triumph.

Race 3 and Richard valiantly battled home to 15th searching the pit boxes for anyone with a spare steering damper and Darren had a race long battle with Brad Glennan and Simon Galloway to take 9th.
Richard ended Saturday with 5th in F1 and maintaining his Championship lead. Darren took the 848 to 3 wins in F2 moving to 2nd in the Championship.

SATURDAY PRO THUNDER F2
RED BARON FX NATIONALS

1 DARREN LEWIS       75
2 MICK JOHNSON      62
3 DARREN JONES      44
4 ADRIAN PEIRPOINT 18

SERIES PRO THUNDER F2
RED BARON FX NATIONALS
                                                                                                     
1 MICK JOHNSON     176
2 DARREN LEWIS     150
3 DARREN JONES    102
4 JOHN LYONS          75

SATURDAY PRO THUNDER F1
RED BARON FX NATIONALS

1 ANGUS REEKIE          75
2 JOHN ALLEN               64
3 NATHAN MAHBOUB    62
4 RICHARD LIMINTON  49

SERIES PRO THUNDER F1
RED BARON FX NATIONALS

1 RICHARD LIMINTON  161
2 SOPHIE LOVETT        161
3 ANGUS REEKIE          150
4 MICHAEL MAHER       138

SATURDAY PRO THUNDER OVERALL                                                                           
RED BARON FX NATIONALS

1 ANGUS REEKIE            75
2 JOHN ALLEN                64
3 NATHAN MAHBOUB     62
4 BRAD GLENNAN          52
5 DARREN LEWIS           50
9 RICHARD LIMINTON   35

SERIES PRO THUNDER OVERALL
RED BARON FX NATIONALS

1 BRAD GLENNAN          175
2 ANGUS REEKIE           150
3 RICHARD LIMINTON   139
4 SOPHIE LOVETT         129
5 NATHAN MAHBOUB    125
6 DARREN LEWIS          110

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The YMF LOAN AUSTRALIAN FX-SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP is the big deal with television coverage and a dozen or so on board cameras and Darren’s #4 848 was lucky enough to have one mounted on the bike for race one of Sundays Pro Thunder class.
Qualifying for Sundays races was abandoned  due to heavy fog so Saturdays results were taken into account for race ones grid positions. Darren was 7th on the grid with Richard 13th. Race one was a much faster pace right from the get go with Darren mixing it with the F1 bikes on the smaller capacity 848 getting home in a credible 5th outright and 1st in F2. Richard did find a steering damper courtesy of Darren Jones, thanks mate for the donor Lovetts Earthmoving Ducati 848 and was getting closer to the pointy end with a fine 8th and 4th in F1.

Race 2 and both bikes went out with used tyres so the grip level wasn’t going to be optimum. We have to manage our tyres as the class has a control tyre meaning we can only use a specific tyre and only use 2 sets for qualifying and 3 races. So Darren had some early battles but had to yield finishing in a lonely 7th but still keeping his unbeaten F2 wins intact and Richard finished in 12th position with only .210 of a second separating 9th to 12th.

Race 3 and most of the competitors saved a new tyre for the last race of the day so the pace was a cracker! Darren shot out of the blocks behind John Allen and Angus Reekie for 3rd behind the 2 fast F1 bikes but was eventually overhauled by Phil Lovett and Lachie Thomas to finish 5th and remain unbeaten in F2. Richard again had a race long dicing fest with Sophie Lovett on the 1198S, Mick Johnson on the 848 and Ryan Dymond from QLD, again with under a second separating them Richard got some well deserved points to keep his Championship hopes alive.

The team heads to Winton Raceway Victoria in early September to battle it out again.

SUNDAY PRO THUNDER F2
YMF LOAN AUSTRALIAN FX SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

1 DARREN LEWIS         75
2 MICK JOHNSON         64
3 ADRIAN PEIRPOINT   42

SERIES PRO THUNDER F2
YMF LOAN AUSTRALIAN FX SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP                                                                 
1 MICK JOHNSON       184
2 DARREN LEWIS       150
3 JOHN LYONS             75
4 DARREN JONES        62

SUNDAY PRO THUNDER F1
YMF LOAN AUSTRALIAN FX SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

1 JOHN ALLEN                75
2 ANGUS REEKIE            67
3 JOHN WILLIAMS           54
4 RICHARD LIMINTON    49

SERIES PRO THUNDER F1
YMF LOAN AUSTRALIAN FX SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP                                                           

1 ANGUS REEKIE            217
2 RICHARD LIMINTON   179
3 SOPHIE LOVETT         140
4 PETER MARTIN           127

SUNDAY PRO THUNDER OVERALL
YMF LOAN AUSTRALIAN FX SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

1 JOHN ALLEN                 72
2 ANGUS REEKIE             67
3 DARREN LEWIS            54
4 BRAD GLENNAN           52
8 RICHARD LIMINTON    39

SERIES PRO THUNDER OVERALL
YMF LOAN AUSTRALIAN FX SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

1 ANGUS REEKIE            217
2 BRAD GLENNAN          165
3 RICHARD LIMINTON   155
4 DARREN LEWIS          120

At Eastern Creek the team was Michael Anderson, Shelby Rae and Brett Roberts who was competing in his first road race meeting, congratulations.

Many thanks to the following sponsors,

 CARBON IMPORTS AND ACCESSORIES, TELLIGENCE, SHOEI, MOTUL, EXPLOSIVE RACING, BLUEYE, RACEBIKE SERVICES, WORGANS AUTO PARTS, BAROSSA SIGNS, RACEFACE SPF, MOTOW TRANSPORT, CDT CARBON DESIGN TEAM, SPARK EXHAUST TECHNOLOGY, METALTECH RACING COMPONENTS, OZ RACING WHEELS, SPYKE SPA, MICROTECH, ALTH, CAPIT TYRE WARMERS, MWR RACING AIR FILTERS.
Photos courtesy of  www.bike-photos.com Keith Muir.

Bow to the flag marshals,




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