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THE 2017 Superbike World Champion-
ships at Phillip Island are shaping up nicely,
with massive entry lists confirmed for the na-
tional classes supporting the world categories
on February 24-26.
There are 147 riders lining up for the four
national classes, Australian superbike, Austra-
lian supersport, supersport 300 and historics.
Adding to the pressure, riders in superbike,
supersport and supersport 300 will be facing
the first round of their seven round national
championship, so a shocker in qualifying to
miss the start grid would spell disaster for a
It’s all adding up to a spectacular three days
of on-track bike action with 16 races through-
out the weekend.
Three world championship events in world
superbike and world supersport will be held,
along with three races apiece for domestic su-
perbike, supersport and supersport 300, and
four outings for the historic bikes of yesteryear.
The Australian Superbike Championships
have enjoyed a renaissance in the last couple
of years, and the popularity of the class is re-
flected in 43 riders enlisted.
Aussie supersport has attracted 35 entries
and will be held over 10 laps.
Qualifying alone will throw up a challenge
for the 300 supersport competitors, with 48
The burgeoning class is proving to be a
magnet for experienced riders and emerg-
ing talent alike, with a number of the rookies
coming straight from dirt track competition,
a discipline that has helped mould a number
of Aussie road racing icons like Casey Stoner.
WorldSBK icon Troy Bayliss’ son Ollie will
be one of the riders in the three eight-lap
The majority of the 21 riders in historics
will be backing up from the recent Island
Classic meeting and the two 22-lap WorldSBK
races will be held at 3pm on Saturday and
Sunday, with WorldSSP (18 laps) starting at
1.30pm on Sunday.
For tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au and
for more information ring the Superbike Hot-
line on 1300 728 007 or visit www.worldsbk.
THE Arthur Sutherland Recreation Reserve
in Welshpool will receive much needed up-
grades to the stadium floor after the South
Gippsland Shire Council secured funding from
the Victorian Government.
The project will be funded through a $50,000
council contribution, $100,000 Victorian
Government contribution through Sport and
Recreation Victoria’s Community Sports In-
frastructure Fund and a $50,000 community
The project will include the removal of the
existing flooring in the basketball stadium that
will be replaced with new stumps, bearers,
joists and flooring.
Line marking, the installation of a roller
door, padding of internal columns and external
drainage will also be fitted as part of the project
Extensive collaboration and engagement has
been undertaken between the council, the Ar-
thur Sutherland Committee of Management
and the Welshpool Basketball Association in
order to have a feasible project developed that
would meet the needs of the reserve.
South Gippsland Shire mayor Ray Argento
was pleased that funding had been secured so
the floor upgrade could progress.
“There has been a strong demand to in-
crease the basketball competition at the Arthur
Sutherland Reserve which has been restricted
due to the current condition of the stadium
“The floor upgrade will remove this restric-
tion allowing the reserve to be utilised to its ca-
pacity for competitions.
“Ensuring the floor is upgraded will also sup-
port the Prom Coast Soccer Club who utilise fa-
cilities in the stadium. This will make a positive
impact on the local community and encourage
increased sport participation in the region,” Cr
THE final stage of the Bass Coast Summer
Series, the Cowes Classic, will be hotly contest-
ed this Saturday, February 18.
The Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club
and the Phillip Island Football Netball Club
team up to provide the event, which sees com-
petitors complete a 500m tide assisted swim
around the Cowes Jetty before a 4km road run
around the streets of Cowes and back to the
finish line on The Esplanade.
There’s also a team event, allowing for one
participant to complete the swim leg and an-
other participant to complete the run leg, and
great prizemoney and prize packs for winners
Registration opens at 10am and the race will
start at 3pm, with the annual waiters’ race at
11.30am with Cowes restaurants competing for
On Sunday, the Phillip Island Penguin Swim
Classic will be held at 10am, with registration
open at 7am.
The premier event, the 2km swim, starts in
Silverleaves and the 800m Fun Swim starts at
the end of Dunsmore Road, Cowes, with both
swims finishing at the Cowes Foreshore.
Following the trend of the Cape Aquathon and
the San Remo Channel Challenge, both events
will see competitors wear a transponder brace-
let for timing for the first time.
THE Wonthaggi Boxing Club has formed its
own committee to manage its continued growth
Mike Linsell was elected president, secretary
is Terry Earl and treasurer is Cade Zun.
The committee includes Steve Dunn, Claire
Donohue, club coach Scott Williamson, Craig
Fisher and Tom Wells.
“We are very excited with the team we have
put together,” secretary Terry Earl said.
“There is plenty of experience amongst the
group to ensure that the future for the club is
in good hands.”
Mr Earl said the committee’s first priority is
to find a more suitable home.
“As our club numbers are increasing all the
time, we have outgrown our current gym lo-
cation, so we are currently looking for larger
premises for the gym.
“If anyone has any ideas can you please con-
“We are also looking for any sports person
who might be interested in becoming an assis-
tant coach at the club.
“Again, please contact us if you are interested.
“Also, if there are any PT instructors or yoga
instructors out there who are looking for a
place to facilitate a morning session, give us a
call to discuss.”
Terry Earl can be contacted on 0417 865 532.
THE Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit has se-
cured a superb private collection of 24 grand
prix winning motorcycles from the famous Ital-
ian marques, Aprilia and Cagiva, with the two-
wheel treasures permanently installed in the
History of Motorsport Display at the circuit’s
Uncovered in Italy by Andrew Fox and pur-
chased from private collectors by Melbourne’s
Fox family, the owners of the Phillip Island
Grand Prix circuit, the collection boasts a fleet
of 15 sleek, agile Aprilias and a brood of nine
beautiful, fiery red Cagivas.
All two strokes, they raced in GP competition
between 1987 and 2003 and on board were
some of the world’s great riders including the
Italian aces Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi and Lo-
ris Capirossi, and American stars Eddie Law-
son and John Kocinski.
Andrew said they are extremely excited about
“It represents a sensational era of grand prix
racing and showcases the bikes that launched
some of the biggest names in motorcycle rac-
ing,” he said.
“The bikes are all in perfect condition and I
believe we have the finest collection of Cagivas
anywhere in the world.”
Fox said they decided to search for a significant
collection after last year securing rights for the Mo-
toGP and World Superbikes for another decade.
“We are the only circuit in the world with 10-
year tenures on both these world champion-
ships and this collection launches our desire
to build a world class exhibition of grand prix
motorcycles that befits our circuit,” he said.
Fox and circuit managing director, Fergus Cam-
eron, sourced the bikes from two Italian collectors.
“These are legendary Latin machines and a
special collection for the people of Phillip Is-
land,” Fox said.
“It is a racing repertoire to be proud of, an-
other wonderful treasure for our island that
visitors will really enjoy.
“Part of me sees it as a thank you. For more
than a decade, the track has benefitted from a
great working relationship with the Premiers
and the Victorian Government, the support of
Brendan McClements from VMEC, and more
recently from the team at Visit Victoria. This is
something to build on for the future.”
Cameron took delivery of the collection from
Italy recently and said the collection is another
step to ensure Phillip Island is truly regarded
as the world’s motorcycling mecca.
“Race fans come to experience Phillip Island’s
thrilling action live and now viewing these in-
credible machines at such close range, they can
relive some of motorcycling’s great memories,”
The Phillip Island Grand Prix Motorcycle Col-
lection at the Visitor Centre is now open to the
public, with entry $17.50 for adults and $8.50
WITH high levels of interest from UK and Eu-
ropean motor racing enthusiasts and owners of
cars with international motor sport provenance,
the 2017 Phillip Island Classic Historic Race will
live on as one of the most important motor race
events in the world of historic racing.
Recognised in the International Historic Mo-
toring Awards in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and
short-listed in the top 10 historic motor sport
events in the world on other occasions, the
Phillip Island Classic is now well established
on the international calendar attracting price-
less cars that have raced on the world’s most
famous racing circuits, driven by some of the
legends of motor racing.
“The Patron for the 2017 event at Phillip Island
was recently announced as Dick Johnson but
due to overseas commitments this role has now
been filled by another legend of Australian Motor
Sport, 40 year veteran John Bowe,” said Ian Tate,
chairman of the VHRR organising committee.
“John has partnered with Dick on many occa-
sions and the pair won Bathurst together in a
Sierra on 1989,” he said.
With more than 500 entries and record
crowds expected, the 2017 event will have a
strong representation of production touring
cars Group N, and Group C and A cars.
Of particular importance will be the 30th an-
niversary celebration marking the first win in
the world for a Ford Sierra with Dick Johnson
at the wheel in Australia.
To mark the occasion it is expected that there
will be up to 10 Sierras racing at Phillip Island.
The spectacular Group JK & LB sports and
racing cars with a competition history prior to
the end of 1960 also create great interest from
spectators at this exciting motor sport event.
Event Patron John Bowe will also be racing at
Phillip Island over that weekend. Along with the
Sierras there will be more than 10 Formula 5000s
– pre 1978, Formula 1s and Indy cars racing.
Some of Australia’s most celebrated Grand Prix
and Touring Car past champions will be available
on the day for special autograph signing sessions.
The Phillip Island Classic – Festival of Motor
Sport is supported by major national and inter-
national sponsors including CoolDrive, Shan-
nons, Penrite, Dutton Garage, Wurth, Splitrock,
VACC, Bosch, plus a host of other names.
“Mark the dates of March 18 and 19 on your
diary to witness legends of motor sport and his-
toric cars racing on one of the world’s finest
race tracks,” said Ian Tate.
Cowes Classic this weekend
International cars to dazzle at circuit
Boxing club committee formed
Floor upgrade for
Troy Herfoss will defend the Phillip Island Superbike Championship and Australian
Superbike Championship crown at Phillip Island on February 23-26.
Superbikes back at the Island
Italian motorcycles arrive at Island
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit managing director, Fergus Cameron admires the circuit’s
new collection of Grand Prix winning Cagiva and Aprilia motorcycles, which are now on
display at the circuit’s Visitor Centre.
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