The third round of the inaugural 2017 GP Juniors Cup will take place alongside the first round of Southern Downs Road Racing Championships at the recently resurfaced Morgan Park track this weekend (June 17-18) in Queensland, and it is shaping up as another exciting outing for the youngsters.
Before racing starts, competitors will partake in four days of coaching at the property of three-time MotoGP winner, Garry McCoy. McCoy has a sprawling 1800 acre, purpose built training facility, near Warwick, the Garry McCoy Coaching establishment at Cooyar. Some of the youngsters will be taking up his offer of free coaching on the Tuesday and Wednesday before they reconvene at Morgan Park for a further two days of professional instruction.
The opening round of this historic new racing series was conducted in atrociously wet conditions at Wakefield Park (NSW) in March, with the second round at Winton Raceway (VIC) at the end of April. Hopefully, the weather shines on these young up-and-coming racers at Morgan Park, who are chasing their dreams to follow in the footsteps of many great riders before them.
Series leader Tom “Tom-E-Gun” Edwards from Swansea (NSW) will be keen to stretch his lead in the GP Juniors Cup. The 15-year-old has a lot more experience than the rest of the field as in 2016 he competed in the ultra-competitive Asia Talent Cup, contested on standard Honda 250cc Moto 3 machines, a stepping stone into the European Championship and Grand Prix World Championships. His experience provides a perfect benchmark for the others to judge their progress throughout the seven round series that culminates at the final round in South Australia in late November.
Edwards explained; “I am really looking forward to Morgan Park and seeing if we can improve on what we did at Winton. The GP Juniors Cup is a great series to be a part of and there are a lot of good riders in there so I will have to be on my game to win all three races. Hopefully, it will be dry for the entire weekend, but saying that, riding on the control tyre, I learnt a lot in the wet conditions of Wakefield Park in getting the feedback from the tyres.”
“I am also really looking forward to receiving coaching and tips from Garry McCoy. He is one of my all-time heroes and one of Australia’s greatest riders, so it is going to be very special to be getting some tips from someone like him. This is so exciting and it is what makes GP Juniors Australia the special race series that it is.”
There will be some great duels throughout the field as the teenagers gain more experience and understanding of the complexities of road racing. One in the field who has a wealth of experience in his corner is Max Stauffer, the son of multiple Australian Superbike Champion, Jamie Stauffer. For Max this will be his third road race after learning his craft in dirt-track racing where he won an Australian Championship.
Over the course of the weekend there will be two free practice sessions on Friday, while on Saturday there will be two qualifying sessions and one race on Saturday with two races on Sunday. Featuring at the round will also be 70cc and 85cc two-stroke classes with one of the racers a young Queensland girl, Taylah Morris joining the likes of regular class competitors, Tom Browne, from Toowoomba, and brothers, Travis and Joshua Hall, who also hail from Queensland.
GP Juniors Australia is extremely delighted to announce it will partner with Garry McCoy of GMC Cooyar to provide a training venue for aspiring road racers to learn their craft. This is a major development in the aims of GP Juniors Australia to establish nationwide training facilities to nurture and develop a new generation of road racing champions.
A training camp will be held at GMC Cooyar on 12th and 13th June. After coaching and practicing there on the dirt, GP Juniors Australia will relocate to Morgan Park Raceway with McCoy for two days of valuable training on the bitumen.
The opportunity to practice off-road at GMC Cooyar, combined with two day’s practice on bitumen with Garry will prepare the juniors well for the third round of the GP Juniors Cup, a part of the Motorcycle Sportsmen of Qld Southern Downs Road Race Series.
Only those that enter the third round of GP Juniors Australia during the weekend of 16th -17th June will be eligible to take part in this amazing opportunity.
For interested parties, that have the necessary licence, there is also the option of leasing a Yamaha R15 fitted with Bridgestone tyres from GP Juniors Australia, for the training and weekend’s racing.
An added bonus to the GP Juniors is that all this training will be free, thanks to GMC Cooyar, Dave Fuller from Advanced Rider Training and Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland! Standard club entry fees apply to enter the meeting.
GMC Cooyar is Garry McCoy’s private off-road training facility and is one of Australia’s largest motorcycle coaching and practice venues. The 1800-acre property, 2.5 hours from Brisbane, features a natural terrain motocross track, speedway track, junior technical tracks and a fast and flowing flat track – all of which Garry has purposely designed for road racers to cross train on dirt.
Promotor of GP Juniors Australia, Mark Bracks is naturally excited at the prospect saying, “this is an excellent opportunity for GP Juniors Australia to work with Garry McCoy and opens an avenue that can benefit so many riders. I have been there a couple of times and it is a magnificent facility for riders of all levels and ages.”
“In his stellar 18-year racing career Garry won 125cc and 500cc Grands Prix as well as races in the Superbike World Championship. To have Garry passing on his skills and knowledge is invaluable” he said.
McCoy is equally pleased to welcome GP Juniors Australia to his Queensland training facility. “When I was racing in Grand Prix’s I developed my own off-road tracks here for my off-season training. For road racers, the opportunity to cross train on dirt provides immense physical and mental benefits” McCoy said.
“Over recent years I’ve continued to develop my tracks and coaching venue here in Cooyar and I’m now thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Australia’s young talent and to share my tracks and experience with GP Juniors Australia” McCoy said.
The second round of the GP Juniors Cup was held at Winton Raceway last weekend (April 28-30) alongside the Australian Superbike Championship. The youngsters, who are aged from 12 to 15, put on an exceptionally dynamic and exciting exhibition of road racing, with the three races decided by closest margins of all 16 races, including the premier YMI Australian Superbike Championship category.
It is the inaugural year of the GP Juniors Cup and all competitors ride the dynamic Yamaha YZF R15 using Bridgestone as the control tyre to provide a very level playing field for the talent to shine through.
If MotoGP is the university of road racing, GP Juniors Australia is the pre-school where they commence the education to move through to the primary school class of the Supersport 300 and 600cc machines. The next step as they chase their dreams of success, is Superbikes senior school, before hopefully graduating to the world stage.
Over the course of the weekend, the up and comers had three practice sessions on the Friday, two qualifying periods and one race on Saturday with two races on Sunday, and thankfully the weather was kind with good conditions all weekend.
The scene for action was set in qualifying as 12-year-old, Ben Baker, (Baker Racing) from the NSW Central Coast, claimed pole position from 13-year-old, Joel Kelso (JDS Racing/Deborah Motorsports. NT) by just 0.007 of a second with Tom Edwards (Enemies Everywhere/Newcaslte Supermoto/AlpineStars, NSW), the most experienced rider in the field at 15, with two years international racing in Asia under his belt, third.
Edwards’ experience is a fantastic benchmark for the kids to compare their progress and competitiveness as Tommy also competes in the cut-throat Hi-Tec Batteries Supersport 300 and YMF Yamaha R3 Cup classes. He is a front runner in both so it is good inspiration for his class-mates knowing they can compete with him in the one-make, one-tyre GP Juniors Cup
As the field charged off the line in the first race, the front row trio were joined by another 12-year-old, John Lytras (Caboolture Yamaha, Qld). The quartet soon became embroiled in a titanic duel, the lead changing at every one of the track’s corners, as riders went from first to fourth, and back again, from one corner to another.
After the five laps was done, the four crossed the line with Edwards beating Kelso and
Lytras by 0.096 sec! Baker lost the slipstreaming duel to the finish line by just 0.320 sec.
The other two races was more of the same, just more intense! In the next leg, Melbourne teenager, Jack Cousens JC’s Motorcycle Shop/TM Performance) joined in for a five-bike freight train with some monumentally close racing before the race was red-flagged as the final lap started. It was set for another cracking finish but exiting Spokes Turn Two, Jack and Joel Kelso had a coming together through the second corner, causing Cousins to crash. The race was taken back a lap with Lytras the winner from Kelso and Edwards, the trio 0.219 sec apart with Baker just 0.417 sec away, in fourth.
The final leg was another exceptional race, an almost carbon copy of the opening race the day before, with another four-way dog fight. The race was set for an another enthralling battle to the wire but Lytras crashed out, half way through the final lap exiting YMF Turn seven and split the leading quartet with Kelso dropping off the Edwards and Baker. The pair had a great charge tot he line to produce the closest finish of the weekend as Edwards beating his younger rival by an excruciating 0.012 sec! Kelso finished third, five seconds adrift.
Edwards won the weekend to increase his lead in the seven round series as Kelso and Lytras finished on even points, with Kelso getting the nod for third with his better result in the final leg with Baker fourth.
The total winning margin of the three races between first and second was a massive 0.225sec! 0.079, 0.131, 0.015, respectively. Additionally in two of the races, the total margin covering the top four was 0.956 sec; 0.320 and 0.636, respectively.
The front of the field may have been the centre of attention but the rest of the youngsters had some great duels among themselves. Max Stauffer, (Dyno 27/YRD) the son of multiple Australian Superbike and Supersport Champion, Jamie Stauffer, was having his second attempt at road racing after his baptism in the atrocious conditions of Wakefield Park. He was involved in some excellent close quarter action with Harry Khouri (Excite Motorsport) their races also decided by tenths of a second.
The class debutant for the round was Reece Oughtred, (Carl Cox Motorsport/Dynoverks, Vic) the son of another renown racer, Dean Oughtred and he proved to be another fast learner on the bitumen after contesting dirt track for a few years.
Twelve-year-old Luke Power (APT Wealth JDS Moto) was another dramatic improver as he rebuilds his confidence after a couple of recent crashes and continued to lower his lap times and was rewarded with a fifth place in the final race.
The growth in confidence and learning the idiosyncrasies of the craft of racing on bitumen was graphically demonstrated with the lesser experienced riders in the class with the lowering of the lap times by very substantial amounts during the weekend. (See accompanying table). The growth in confidence and learning the idiosyncrasies of the craft of racing on bitumen was graphically demonstrated with the lesser experienced riders in the class with the lowering of the lap times by very substantial amounts during the weekend. (See accompanying table). E veryone of them should feel very proud and satisfied with their individual improvement and proved that the lesser experienced road racers are extremely fast learners considering how many had not seen the track before, either.
This improvement may have something to do with what happened before official proceeding of riders briefing took place on Saturday morning.
All riders attended a track walk with Jamie Stauffer who explained the most ideal way around the three kilometre layout. While the speed of the Yamaha R15 may be somewhat different to the pace that he is used to lapping the Winton track, his words of wisdom were invaluable.
Additionally, the coveted off-track prize, the AMCN MAC Award, for the attributes of Marketability, Attitude and Character was awarded to Joel Kelso. Three independent, and unknown, judges take note of the youngsters over the course of the weekend taking note of their marketability, attitude and character. He joins Jack Cousens who won the first round MAC Points award.
These attributes are very important to the philosophy of GP Juniors Australia because there is more to racing than just how a rider performs on track. It is also vitally important that all riders conduct themselves in a mature and intelligent manner off the track, as well as maintaining their personality and integrity.
Points are awarded at each round on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis for each rider, the final tally over the year to find the season’s winner. Australian Motor Cycle News is the sponsor of the award with the point-scores kept secret.
The second round of the GP Juniors cup was immensely successful with exceptional racing put on by a number of very talented youngsters. The crowd was enthralled at their antics so every one involved should feel very proud of the occasion.
The next round is at Morgan Park (Qld) on June 15-17 and it promises to be spectacular.
The second round of the inaugural 2017 GP Juniors Cup that will take place alongside the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK) at Winton Raceway, Benalla, Victoria on April 28-30 is shaping up as another exciting outing for the 12-16 year old youngsters.
The opening round of this historic new racing series was conducted in atrociously wet conditions at Wakefield Park Raceway last month, so hopefully the weather at the northern Victorian circuit shines on these young up-and-coming racers who are chasing their dream to follow in the footsteps of many great riders before them.
Current series leader, Tom “Tom-E-Gun” Edwards from Swansea, south of Newcastle (NSW) will be keen to stretch his lead in the GP Juniors Cup. Edwards has a lot more experience than the rest of the field as in 2016 he competed in the ultra-competitive Asia Talent Cup, contested on standard Honda 250cc Moto 3 machines, a stepping stone into the European Championship and Grand Prix World Championships.
“I am really looking forward to Winton and seeing if we can improve on what we did there,” series leader, Tom Edwards said. “The GP Juniors Cup is a great series to be a part of and there are a lot of good riders in there so I will have to be on my game to win all three races. Hopefully, it will be dry for the entire weekend, but in saying that, riding on the control tyre I have learnt a lot in the conditions in getting the feedback from the tyres.”
The talent and disposition of all the youngsters at the opening round was exceptional given the conditions over the three days of practice and competition, as only three of them crashed while more experienced riders in the other classes had many more crashes.
Edwards won two of the three races, from pocket-sized 13-year-old Joel Kelso. Kelso took out second leg in a titanic battle with the more experienced Edwards as Sunshine Coast local, John Lytras coming third in the three races.
There will be some great duels playing out throughout the field as the Junior riders gain more experience and understanding the complexities of road racing. One stand out in the GP Junior field who has a wealth of experience in his corner, is Max Stauffer. The son of multiple Australian Superbike Champion, Jamie Stauffer. For Max this will be his second ever road race after learning his craft in dirt-track racing, promptly winning an Australian Championship title.
Over the course of the weekend there will be two free practice sessions on Friday, while on Saturday there will be tow qualifying sessions and one race on Saturday with two races Sunday afternoon.
The GP Junior program will run in conjunction with certain rounds as the prestigious ABSK, providing an excellent platform for the future champions to showcase their talent in front of a large crowd as well as live coverage on national television on the SBS network and Live Streaming of the racing on the Sunday of the event on asbk.com.au
For more information on the GP Juniors Cup and GP Juniors Australia, check out gpjuniorsaustralia.com.au or call the series promotor, Mark Bracks on 0488257188
If you haven’t already done so, get your entries in for Round 2 of the GP Juniors Cup at Winton Raceway, Benalla (Vic) 28-30 April . If you miss out on the deadline for entries there will be a late entry fee applied and you will not appear in the program.
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On the eve of the historic opening round of the GP Juniors Cup at Wakefield Park (March 17-19), the management of GP Juniors Australia is pleased to confirm more exciting news for the 2017 season of the GP Juniors Cup and the classes of GP Juniors Australia, with the announcement that the championships will culminate with a two-day grand finale at Mallala Motorsports Park (SA) on November 24-26.
The final round of the GP Juniors Australia classes and the GP Juniors Cup for the Yamaha R15s will be on the Saturday, while Sunday will feature a stand-alone, one-hour endurance race for the kids. The race will be the curtain raiser to the annual Adelaide three-hour endurance race, with a tantalising twist!
The twist will add a heap of fun to the day and create a real family atmosphere, with the youngsters teamed with either, an adult family member, or a guest rider!
The one-hour endurance event will be open to the Yamaha R15s and the GP Juniors Australia 150cc machines. This special event, that will have no bearing on the overall 2017 titles, will be split into four separate races of 15 minutes each. The adults will start the race before pitting to hand over to the younger brigade. They will swap twice more, with combined times of the four legs deciding the overall winner.
Hosted by the Phoenix Motorcycle Club of SA, the Club is ensuring plenty of track time for the youngsters over the weekend and the event promises to be one of the highlight meetings of the year.
“This is an excellent development for the juniors and I am very grateful to the Phoenix Club for giving GP Juniors Australia the opportunity of being a part of the Adelaide Three Hour program, and catering for all the classes of GP Juniors Australia over the weekend,” says GP Juniors Australia promoter, Mark Bracks.
“Endurance racing has a proud history in Australia and has unearthed plenty of talent over the years. The aim of GP Juniors Australia’s is to uncover new talent and have fun so it’s a good fit. There’s not too many sports in the world where families can work as a team and battle for victory, so to do it in such an exciting sport as road racing adds another element to the event. There is sure to be plenty of frivolity and banter, especially when the kids may well be faster than their parent.”
Phoenix Motorcycle Club President, Rick Dowsett added,“The Phoenix club is really excited about the GP Juniors coming to SA and greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with Mark and to hopefully make this the best ever junior finale with great value for the teams and to be part of a long term relationship,” says Rick.
The final round of GP Juniors Cup and the GP Juniors Australia race series, as well as the inaugural GP Juniors Australia One-Hour will be held at Mallala Motorsport Park, South Australia, November 24-26 2017.
GP Juniors Australia is extremely pleased to announce the control tyre for the 2017 GP Juniors Cup will be supplied by Bridgestone.
This is terrific news for GP Juniors Australia. The announcement of Bridgestone as the official tyre supplier for the GP Juniors Cup, which will feature the Yamaha R15, is further confirmation of the intension to have the class as neutral as possible. This ensures every competitor will be on a motorcycle of equal parity and performance.
The GP Juniors Cup is for young riders of 12 – under 16 years of age. It will feature three rounds with the ASBK, the first round at Wakefield Park (NSW) on 17-19 March 2017.
The decision on the tyre was no easy task with an exhaustive day’s tyre testing at Winton Raceway (Vic) recently, with three junior riders taking part to record their feedback on a variety of performance parameters from six different tyre brands to ascertain the best option for the task.
The Bridgestone tyres will be distributed through GP Juniors Australia with a full tyre service at each event, with two choices for the front and one for the rear. Competitors are encouraged to contact GP Juniors Australia to order tyres as quickly as possible.
GP Juniors principal, Mark Bracks says, “This is another great step forward in achieving the level playing field that we have desired for the GP Juniors Cup and I am very happy to see Bridgestone come on board for the year.
“I would really like to thank everyone who submitted a tyre for appraisal, their efforts reflect the desire of many in the sport to support junior road racing and build for the future.
“There is also a great synergy with Bridgestone as the company produced a similar tyre which Josh Brookes and Wayne Maxwell competed on when they commenced their road racing careers as juniors all those years ago.
“We are very excited about the season and looking forward to some great racing as we discover new talent this year.”
2017 GP JUNIORS CUP CALENDAR
17-19 March 2017 Wakefield Park, Goulburn, NSW Raceway
GP Juniors Cup with Australian Superbike Championships.
28-30 April 2017, Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, Vic.
GP Juniors Cup with Australian Superbike Championships.
17-18 June 2017, Morgan Park, Warwick, Qld with with Southern Downs Championship
Round 3 of GP Juniors Cup and a round of GP Juniors Australia Series with 70cc and 85 cc two-strokes and up to 160cc four-stroke Motorcycle Sportsmen
5-6 August 2017, Wakefield Park, Goulburn, NSW with St George MCC Club round
Round 4 of GP Juniors Cup and Round of GP Juniors Australia Series with 70cc and 85 cc two-strokes and up to 160cc four-strokes.
25-27 August 2017 Morgan Park, Warwick, Qld
Round 5 of GP Juniors Cup with Australian Superbike Championships.
11-12 November, Broadford State Motorcycle Complex, Broadford, Vic Victorian RoadRacing Championships
Round 6 of GP Juniors Cup and round of GP Juniors Australia Series for 70cc and 85 cc two-strokes and up to 160cc four-strokes. Preston MotorCycle Club
24-26 November 2017 Mallala Motorsport Park, SA
Sat 25 – Three stand alone races for seventh and final round of GP Juniors Cup and three races for the final round of the 70cc, 85cc and 160cc classes.
Phoenix MotorCycle Club
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