BEN Clarke and Cameron Donald went back-to -back in Saturday’s Harry Pyne Memorial Champion of Champions bike challenge at Oakburn Park.
The annual event, started by the late Harry Pyne and then continued by the Tamworth Motorcycle Club, combines racing in three facets – moto cross, speedway and dirt track.
Clarke won the TMCC’s senior champion of champions last year and Donald won the junior version.
They returned to win big again, taking home the senior and junior Harry Pyne Memorial trophies after some impressive efforts, said club president Paul Slade.
“Ben won the senior champion of champions and was pretty happy with that too,” Slade told The Leader.
“Cameron won the juniors again.
“We had some really good racing right across the board though. We only had 70 riders, which was a little bit down on what we hoped for but it was still a good roll up.
We had a few newcomers too, a bunch of riders from Coffs Harbour came over. They were very impressed with Oakburn Park and said they’ll be back with more riders.
On a disappointing note the TMCC was hit by vandals, not once but twice, in the lead-up to Saturday’s Harry Pyne Memorial.
The vandals struck early Tuesday morning last week putting sugar in the diesel tanks and letting off fire extinguishers in the trucks.
They were back again on Friday morning, breaking into the canteen and smashing fridges as well as throwing two pumps into the club’s dam. Luckily the club was able to clean out the diesel tanks and restore the canteen and buildings.
“The police are now involved and have taken fresh fingerprints from the fridges,” Slade said.
“It’s very disappointing,” he said of the vandalism.
“We were lucky it didn’t stop us from racing.”