Club champion awards caps big year
MOTOR CYCLING: Zak Small was rewarded for another outstanding season when he took out the Rum City Motor Cycle Club's 2011 Overall Club Champion award at their presentation night.
The young gun competed strongly up to top level throughout the year, and he also claimed the Mini Lites 12-16 years and Junior Lites titles which were decided on points accumulated across their six club days from February through to October.
Small claimed the maximum of 75 points in five of the six Mini Lites rounds and 70 in the other for a total of 445, to win by a hefty 104 points from Paul Kearney, with Jack Body a further 103 away in third position.
But competition in the Junior Lites was much closer, and it was not until Small picked up his maximum in the last round that he had that title secure, finishing with 395 points, beating good friend but arch-rival and fellow rising star Brodie Downes by just 30 points.
Brodie Matt wound up third on 269 points.
Two other riders also triumphed in two divisions - Jack Larter (65cc and Mini Lites 9-11 years) and Byron Bruggeman (Senior Lites and Senior Open).
Larter did not compete in the last round but had enough points in 65cc's, 375, to retain No. 1, with Matthew and Nicholas Franks filling the minor placings with 296 and 283 respectively.
He totally dominated the Mini Lites 9-11 years, chalking up 372 points over the five rounds he contested, with Blake Tippo winding up second on 184 and Bradley Read third with 153.
In Senior Lites, Bruggeman was level pegging with Casey Turner going into the last round, but with Turner not competing, a 66-point pick-up by Bruggeman behind winner Daniel Boyce was enough to clinch him the championship with 313 points, 11 more than Boyce.
But Bruggeman had the Senior Open trophy secure well before the round and his win was a celebration, taking him to 403 points, a massive 175 clear of second placed Barry Gilbert.
Chris Milward beat off the challenge of Peter Nichols to reign supreme in the Veterans Unlimited division but he had to settle for second to Jeff Philips in the Clubman Open.
Seventy points in the last round took Milward's Veterans Unlimited score to 384, putting him 44 points clear of Nichols, but he managed just 209 in Clubman Open, with Philips emerging a clear winner on 374 and Lewis Stallan winding up third on 193.
Caleb Turner also grabbed a share of the spoils by coming to the fore in the Clubman Lites, amassing 383 points to win by 159 from Jamie Blackburn with Luke Kamradt third with 200.
Jesse Franks, who notched 380 points to take out the 50cc Division 2 gong from Sean Burr (359) and Jeremy Sauer (343), received the award for the Most Improved Rider for 2011.