WOW, what a big weekend!!!
In total 76 different events including practices, qualifying and races over two days. I don’t think we could have fitted much more into the programme. Not to mention our Show and Shine, Police display, the police speed gun out on the main straight clocking speeds, bike displays, the Sidecar Charity event, Sidecar joy rides, the one hour and two lots of presentations, that’s not even counting Friday. I hope everyone went hope exhausted. I know I did.
The 2016 Townsville Tourist Trophy , another year the club has successfully run the event. The consensus from most of the participants was that they had a great time, and that’s what we aim for. Riding numbers were down a little this year, but with the large amounts of meetings being held in the region as well as the current economic climate, it was to be expected. Classes and grids were still great and the competition was fierce in all classes, junior and senior.
RRAT would like to send out a big “GET WELL” to the riders, Bren, Kyle, Alex and Grey. Unfortunately, their racing weekend all ended with an escorted trip to the local hospital by QAS. Not the best weekend for them, however just letting everyone know, they are all okay, a bit sore and sorry and their bikes don’t look as pretty, but that’s the least of it. I don’t think I have seen so many red flags at one of our meetings, ever, but all ending well at the close of the day. I won’t go into race results because MyLaps will be published so everyone can see exactly how every race panned out, including the One Hour and Feature Races.
We all know these events don’t just magically happen, so this leads me to say firstly an enormous thank you to the TT Sub-committee, who all came together, mostly at McDonalds, to organize and plan the event. Linda, Drew, Ian, Donna, Gerry, Paul, Eve and myself, all sharing the load.
Sponsors – Realistic Reticulation, Jan Lee, Suncity Yamaha, Futuresport, Qld Police Services, Brashas Workshop, Big Boys Motorcycles, Wendy Brown, Good Vibrations Tattoo Studio, Qld Reo Fixing, Streetwise Motorbike Training, BriTrac, NHR Pty Ltd, Sahara Trailers, Autosmart as well as the Bushy Creek Riders Club. THANK YOU. Without your support, we could never run such an event.
Officials – Gary – Steward, Ralph – Assistant Steward, Max – Clerk, Donna – Race Secretary, Gerry and Ian – Scrutineers, Linda and Tanya – Scorers, Terry – Starter/Finisher, Greg and Sandi – grid marshalls and our Commentator – Patrick. Having so many highly qualified and competent people all come together, made the meeting run so smoothly. I was Max’s assistant Clerk, successfully being assessed to earn my stripes for my Level 2 COC accreditation.
Another ENORMOUS THANK YOU to the Townsville Restored Motorcycle Club. Without you guys, we just couldn’t run this meeting. Such a lovely group of gentleman who all come together, every year, to officiate at all the flag points for long periods of the day. You are always so enthusiastic, professional and do a wonderful job keeping our track safe for everyone. WELL DONE!
Our Neil Fagerstrom Trophy winner for 2016 was awarded to the Harvey Family. As well as Keegan building RRAT a podium, Paul, Eve and Rhiaine worked tirelessly before, during and after the event. Every club needs a Harvey family. Congratulations, very worthy winners.
To all our competitors and support crews – thank you for participating and attending the TT. Lots of great racing, great camaraderie and plenty of happy faces. To those who travelled, it was a pleasure having you at the meet. Just a heads up as well, thank you to all teams for leaving the pits in such a clean and tidy condition. This certainly made our job a lot easier yesterday afternoon. A special mention to our main straight cheer squad, the Bushy Creek Riders Club. All the competitors loved their cheering and yahooing to spur them on. You guys are champions, coming each year to our event and even putting up sponsorship. They have already announced at presentations that they will be back in 2017.
So, not to make this into a novel. The TT has now been run and won for another year. Thank you, everybody, for coming together to get this meeting over the line. Lots of work, but well worth it and here’s looking forward to another TT this time next year.
Christine Barton, RRAT Vice President
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