AUSTRALIA, QUEENSLAND. Brisbane’s big summer dirt track meet – the North Brisbane Cup – is about to blast back into life this Saturday at Mick Doohan Raceway.
The event brings together a batch of very hot operators from various disciplines, and from all over the state, to the (comparatively) level playing field of dirt track.
Actually – not completely level. Apart from the banks and cambers that contribute to the technicality of the circuit, the North Brisbane track will again contain the event’s signature obstacle, a ski jump that adds a unique wildcard element.
Current national 450 champ Kayden Downing is returning aboard his Future Sport KTM to defend the North Brisbane Cup crown he won just over a year ago.
He’ll have stiff opposition from the likes of red-hot, KX450F-mounted local Max Whale, fresh out of juniors and keen to maintain the impressive momentum he’s gained in recent years.
He’s just one of a new wave of super-quick juniors who have recently crested into seniors – or are about to.
Multiple Queensland Enduro Champion Lachy Stanford continues to grow in confidence and stature as an elite racer, and he’s again keen to supplement his off-road training build-up with some smooth-surface throttle control work.
Hero of last weekend’s Burt Munro Challenge in New Zealand, Damien Koppe, will take a Brisbane diversion on his way home to Townsville for the NB Cup.
The former pro speedway racer and Mackay Beach race winner is a dab hand at both high speeds and smooth surfaces, and will definitely be worth watching.
For the first time ever, the North Brisbane club has offered Pre-90 racing, and the class went within a single entry of being the most heavily subscribed class in the event.
In among all the grizzled veteran racers, 16-year-old up-and-comer Tom Kruger will campaign an ’81 Honda CR250 that is more than 20 years older than he is!
The event takes place Mick Doohan Raceway, Raubers Rd, Banyo, with practice at 10am, followed by racing right into the evening.