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2009 Island Classic

Sun 25th Jan 2009   Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
350-500cc Forgotten Era
Race 1 - 6th
Race 2 - 5th
Race 3 - 5th
Race 4 - 6th

It was a challenging weekend at the Island for us. During Friday's practice and qualifying we experienced a battery failure which affected the ignition system and had to compromise with alternative batteries that would only last a few laps, so we did not get the consistent practice we had hoped for.

I still qualified seventh out of a total of 44 entries in the combined 350/500 class.

We located a new battery pack for the bike by end of the day which cured the problem. In the International Challenge race on Saturday, I experienced a problem with sixth gear which meant we had to replace it or we could not continue to race. We managed to locate a gear from an Australian competitor (thanks Bill Micallef) and Lester and Craig worked until 10pm that night stripping the motor and replacing that gear in the gearbox.

We also had front end pattering problems which got worst over the weekend and it turned out that we had a broken frame which was causing those handling problems. Unfortunately we didnt find that until we got the bike home.

While we had a great weekend, it was a bit disappointing that I wasn't able to break into the top three at this meeting and improve on my lap times significantly. The bike was competitive enough, but a couple of things let it down as it is a very demanding circuit for the 350 GP machines.

There were some very experienced competitors at the pointy end, however, my whole team worked hard to keep the bike working and reliable over the four days.

Lester and Craig put in a lot of hours on the bike and my other support crew, Jo and Andy White, were there to help keep us on track too, so it was a great team effort.

The racing was intense and the class was eventually won by Australian former World Superbike Championship frontrunner Robbie Phillis.
 

2008 Island Classic - Karel Takes a Win in 350 Forgotten Era Class

Tue 29th Jan 2008   Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
Karel coming down to MG corner from Lukey Heights on the Yamaha TZ 350 Race 1 - 2nd
Race 2 - 3rd
Race 3 - 2nd
Race 4 - 1st

The 2008 Island Classic was held at Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia in January and Karel qualified in 7th place from a field of 36, behind Australian motorcycle racing legends like Robbie Phillis (TZ350) , Mal Campbell (RG500), and Jay Taylor (350cc Forgotten Era Phillip Island lap record holder).
Race 1 on Saturday started well for Karel except she was a bit too keen off the start line and was penalised for a jump start. She had an excellent race to finish in 2nd place but due to the 10 second penalty for the jump start was relegated back to 3rd. "It is such a fast track" says Karel "you are shifting up through the gears while you are still cranked over in the corners, and you come onto the main straight flat out in 4th gear - so you really need to have the bike handling well"
Race 2 on Sunday started OK for Karel and before long she was in 3rd place behind Malcolm Campbell and Jay Taylor which is where she finished.
In Race 3 she finished in 2nd place - her best result so far.
Race 4 went well from the start as Karel was keen for a win. She got the holeshot into Turn 1 but was passed by Jay Taylor who then appeared to have bike problems, allowing Karel to get past. She led the race for the next 3 laps to finish in 1st place and take the chequered flag and her first win for the weekend.
Karel & Lester (KP Racing) were happy with the results from this event, which attracted over 200 entries from Australia, NZ, the UK and asstd other countries.
Karel was again the only female competitor in the solo motorcycle events, coming away with trophies for the 1st, 2 x2nd and 1 x 3rd placings for the weekend
It was a great weekend at the Island coming away with top 3 placings in the 350 Forgotten Era races.
 

Karel takes GP Title race at Ruapuna

Sat 12th Jan 2008   Ruapuna
Karel on podium after winning the GP Title race on the Yamaha TZ250 250GP class for this round of the championship only.
Race 1 - 2nd
Race 2 - 2nd
Race 3 - GP Title Race - 1st

This was a one off round for the 250 GP class, which is no longer a national championship class. Although the entries were small for this class, we had a great weekend starting with the Friday practice where the bike was back on the track for first time since the Dec. crash. On Sat I qualified in 2nd place, which was a bit disappointing as it was well off my personal best lap time. Race 1 went OK although the weather did play a part in the bikes performance as it was VERY hot. With 35c in the shade and a track temperature of over 50c, it was not ideal conditions for the rider or bike. The race was red flagged while I was in 2nd place and declared. On Sun it dawned a little cooler thankfully. Lester & John were still diligently chasing some lost power in the bike as the extreme conditions had made the bikes performance sluggish.
The first race on Sunday started well for me, I was leading on the first lap when my foot slipped off the foot peg, and nearly sent me off the track while I was trying to get around the next 2 corners. After only 5 laps, the race was red flagged again, when I was in 2nd place. This was a bit frustrating as I was feeling confident of my chances of a win.
The Final race of the day was the GP Title Race which I was keen to win, I got a great start, was in the lead by 4th corner and was never challenged. I won the race by 6 secs to take the GP title and trophy.
 

Championship

2006 NZ Road Racing Championship 250GP Class Winner of the 2006 NZ National Championship Title 250GP Class Notes
 
Round 5 Ruapuna Raceway - Christchurch Notes
Sun 22nd Jan 2006 Race 3 2nd
Sun 22nd Jan 2006 Race 2 1st
Sat 21st Jan 2006 Race 1 1st
Round 4 Levels Raceway - Timaru Notes
Sun 15th Jan 2006 Race 3 2nd
Sun 15th Jan 2006 Race 2 1st
Sat 14th Jan 2006 Race 1 DNF
Round 3 Teretonga Raceway - Invercargill Notes
Sun 8th Jan 2006 Race 3 4th
Sun 8th Jan 2006 Race 2 2nd
Sat 7th Jan 2006 Race 1 2nd
Round 2 Manfeild Raceway - Feilding Notes
Sun 18th Dec 2005 Race 3 4th
Sun 18th Dec 2005 Race 2 4th
Sun 18th Dec 2005 Race 1 1st
Round 1 Pukekohe Raceway - Auckland Notes
Sun 11th Dec 2005 Race 3 3rd
Sun 11th Dec 2005 Race 2 2nd
Sat 10th Dec 2005 Race 1 3rd

 

Other Race Results


Fri 3rd Sep 2010 Australian Historic Championship Sept 3- 5 Phillip Island, Australia 4th in Championship Notes
Sun 28th Jan 2007 Island Classic 350 Forgotten Era Overall Results Phillip Island, Australia 3rd Overall for the weekend Notes
Sun 28th Jan 2007 Island Classic Race 4 350 - 500 cc Forgotten Era Phillip Island, Australia 4th Notes
Sun 28th Jan 2007 Island Classic Race 3 350 - 500 cc Forgotten Era Phillip Island, Australia 5th Notes
Sat 27th Jan 2007 Island Classic Race 2 350- 500cc Forgotten Era Phillip Island, Australia 5th Notes
Sat 27th Jan 2007 Island Classic Race 1 350 - 500 cc Forgotten Era Phillip Island, Australia DNS (Did Not Start) Notes
Sun 28th Jan 2007 Island Classic Race 4 International Challenge Phillip Island, Australia 32nd Notes
Sun 28th Jan 2007 Island Classic Race 3 International Challenge Phillip Island, Australia 33rd Notes
Sat 27th Jan 2007 Island Classic Race 2 International Challenge Phillip Island, Australia 36th Notes
Sat 27th Jan 2007 Island Classic Race 1 International Challenge Phillip Island, Australia 38th Notes
Sat 27th Jan 2007 Island Classic - Qualifying Phillip Island, Australia Qualified 10th - 350cc - 500cc Forgotten Era Class Notes
Sun 30th Apr 2006 Race 4 Ladies Race Phillip Island, Australia 1st Notes
Sun 30th Apr 2006 Race 3 Lightweight - Stars of Tomorrow Phillip Island, Australia 1st Notes
Sun 30th Apr 2006 Race 2 250GP Feature Race Phillip Island, Australia 3rd Notes
Sun 30th Apr 2006 Race 1 250GP Phillip Island, Australia DNF - (did not finish) Notes
Sat 29th Apr 2006 Race 2 Ladies Race Phillip Island, Australia 1st Notes
Sat 29th Apr 2006 Race 1 250GP Phillip Island, Australia 3rd Notes

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