Harris dominates Grevillea
By ADAM HICKS
DIRT BIKE rider Ben Harris dominated racing at the Kyogle Dirt Action Amcross yesterday winning all three races in the 250cc two stroke class.
Harris made the best of difficult track conditions at Grevillea Park to also score third overall in the 250cc four stroke class.
The result makes him series leader in the two stroke class with one Amcross, natural terrain event remaining.
After good starts put him in the box seat for each race, Harris raced smart looking for smooth lines and avoiding recklessness on the hard-packed track that had turned slippery from prolonged dry weather.
"You've got to handle the track carefully," he said. "There's plenty of roost (dirt, gravel, debris) getting thrown about. "That's why the start is so important.
"If you're in front you don't have to worry about the dust. "If you're behind you have to fight your way through the field."
Successful charge Harris led a successful charge by host club, Kyogle Dirt Bike Club, with local riders scoring results across the board.
Wayne Galvin finished second for the day on his 450cc four stroke in the over 35s category.
"It's pretty treacherous, skatie conditions .... you're doing well just to finish," he said.
Kylie Connolly of Casino won the women's division when her rival, Alli Grieveson crashed out and failed to finish the first race.
Grieveson fought back to win the following two races but couldn't make up the points to catch Connolly.
In the junior races, 12-year-old Steven Simpson of Kyogle won the 65cc class for kids aged 10-13.
The win further increases his lead in the Amcross series ahead of the final round in Tamworth in November.
Ben Simpson, 10 and his best mate Damon Collis, 10, of Casino both recorded podium finishes in the seven-10 years 65cc races.
The lucky escape of the day went to Tom Williams, 13, of Casino who escaped major injury when he came off his 125cc two stroke at high speed while going downhill.
Williams skidded along the ground for 30 metres while his bike kart-wheeled past him.
His safety gear took at battering and his bike received thousands-of-dollars damage, but Williams walked away from the stack.
Event organiser Sharon Mitchell said the event, the third in Northern NSW Amcross series, was a huge success.
"This is designed for fun, for club riders to have a decent level competition," she said.
"When you look at the faces of kids who've had a good day on the track, that's when I say it's a success."