2018 Australian Senior Track Championship at Ranch MX, Eagleton, August 4-5

Sally Smith
Sally Smith

Hunter riders will face tough opposition from some of the nation’s leading motorcycle stars when they head to Eagleton this weekend to chase honours in the 2018 Australian Senior Track Championship.

Riders from as far afield as Townsville and Melbourne are among the big entry list that will compete in seven two-wheel classes, two sidecar classes and one ATV class at Ranch MX on August 4 and 5.

There will also be several support classes, for ages 8 to 16, to showcase some of Australia’s best junior riders.

The trackmasters meeting staged at the Barleigh Ranch Way motorcycle track in April saw a breakout performance in senior competition by Mackenzie Childs, aged 17.

He faces a busy weekend as he has entered for five championship classes and despite the quality of the opposition he will face, Childs is favoured to add to his already impressive trophy collection.

Kayden Downing from Townsville and Jarred Brook from Brisbane already have Australian titles to their name, and have previously been successful at Ranch MX so they loom as leading contenders this weekend.

Another standout from the April trackmasters meeting was Hunter rider Sally Smith who won the women’s class for the second year in a row.

That form will count for little though as Smith lines up against Brisbane rider Briony Hendrickson who has been the dominant performer in women's racing in Australia for the past few years.

In Tamworth at the 2017 senior track championship, Hendrickson won the Australian pro women.

A small but classy line-up for the ATV opens includes two Hunter area standouts in Matthew Griffiths and Robert Booth.

Close, exciting and hard-fought action seems assured throughout the weekend. The championship is being hosted in Eagleton by Hunter Motorcycle Club.

Action will get under way both days at 10am.

The cost is $20 per car per day and $10 per per bike, per person, per day.