AUSTRALIA: Findon celebrate 60 years

A near capacity attendance combined with five hours of racing spread over seven divisions plus the spectacular fire jump saw Findon celebrate its 60th birthday in style on a perfect 28c summer day.

The racing format gave  each competitor four qualifying heats with the top six progressing to a “sudden death” final and the top three taking the podium positions. Divisions 4 to 7 saw Bradley Wiliams, Zayden Thompson, Dylan Miller and Tyler Wood respectively take the major awards.

GALLERY: Photos by Mick Priest

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The Womens and Girls had victories for Letitia Collins and Kimberley Williams, whilst vastly
experienced Brad Hoppo had little difficulty in the Veteran class. The Junior titles were taken by Liem O’Donohue and D J Thompson, with Jacob Pudney and Aussie Jones also confirming the home nation’s positive future at this level.

The best was yet to come as the six senior finalists, all with international experience, lined up on the starting gate on superbly maintained equipment from the 50/60s era complete with “cowhorn” handlebars – a squeeze to say the least !

WATCH: The famous Findon Skid Kids fire jump

After a crowded first bend Jack Norman took the lead from Ben Mould and Shane Bentley with Cody Chadwick, Bobby McMillan and Braden Makepeace at the rear of the field.

Despite pressure from the tail-enders, the order remained the same as they crossed the finishing line.

On a final note congratulations are in order to Mick Harley, Alan Staunton and a host of volunteers who contributed to a day to remember.