Short course to liven Tamworth up

IT’S wheels up to short course road racing in Tamworth.

Steve Nagle (left) and  Mick Haigh  are ready for tomorrow’s short course road 
racing come and try practice day at Oakburn Park. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 080514GOD01

Steve Nagle (left) and Mick Haigh are ready for tomorrow’s short course road racing come and try practice day at Oakburn Park. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 080514GOD01

The Tamworth Motorcycle Club is holding a come and try practice day for the discipline  at Oakburn Park tomorrow. 

Short course road racing is, as the name suggests, road racing on a smaller scale, with racing mostly on go-kart tracks.

Tamworth Motorcycle Club president Paul Slade said the club was approached by the North Coast Road Racers to start up short course road racing and, after going through the licensing process, is ready to go.

They’ll even host the third round of the North Coast series in a couple of weeks.

“It’s different for us but something else we can do at Oakburn Park,” Slade said.

He said anyone interested in trying it out was welcome to come along tomorrow.

There will be bikes available to use for those who don’t have bikes, and people helping out with coaching like former Australian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer Mark Willis.

Several of the coastal riders are also expected to come over to get in some time on the track ahead of the series’ next round.

Tamworth’s Steve Nagle recently got into short course road racing and has been to about six or eight meetings.

“It’s a little bit more refined,” he said.

It’s also reasonably safe and a great avenue for juniors to get into road racing.

The practice day will start at 9am and run all day, with sessions of about 10-15 minutes.

“They’ll get a lot of track time,” Slade said.

Cost is $50 for juniors and $60 for seniors.

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