Eastern Creek, AUS - 1987 World 500cc Motorcycle Champion Wayne Gardner will be back racing a motorcycle when he competes at 'The Champion of Champions' event to be held at Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway on Saturday December 11.
The inaugural Champion of Champions event is a unique promotion that will see some of the country's best kart racers compete in a 30 lap karting Super Prix and the nation's best young bike racers competing at the same circuit on 80cc Grand Prix bikes in a 3 hour endurance race based along similar lines to the Suzuka 8 Hour. In addition to these competitors there are the wildcards, Wayne Gardner will competing in both the bike and kart races, as will a handful of Japanese competitors.
To be held on the world renowned Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway, the Champion of Champions Pepsi sponsored Kart Prix boasts some of the best kart racers in the country. Included are multiple national champions such as Nick Agland (3rd Formula Ford at the recent AMP 1000 event at Bathurst), Darrell Smith (former Hong Kong Kart Prix victor), Michael Caruso (former Australian and North American Junior Champion), Troy Hunt (Tenth in this year's World Championships in Belgium), Mark Winterbottom and Neil McFadyen, who only last weekend finished third in the World Cup held at Suzuka in Japan. Even Christian Jones, son of 1980 World Formula 1 Champion Alan Jones, is making a comeback to karting from successful stints in car racing in Australia and England. All drivers will compete in identically powered Yamaha powered karts for the chance at the $1000 winner takes all prizemoney.
Competing in the Honda supported 80cc Grand Prix Bike Race are some of the nation's top talents who will be teamed with a senior rider for the event. The Moriwaki built 80cc Grand Prix bikes will compete on exactly the same circuit as the karts and will probably lap at similar speeds, although with their race being held over 3 hours with pitstops it will be a race of strategy and endurance. Competing in the Bike Grand Prix will be the greatest collection of talent that can be found outside a World Championship race. Joining Gardner will be 15 year old Russell Holland. Current 500cc Grand Prix rider Garry McCoy is teamed with 14 year old Josh Foster, 18 year old sensation Anthony West will race with Japanese Takuya Tsuda, and current Suzuki rider Shawn Giles with 14 year old Alex Cudlin. Bernie Hatton is the nephew of former Suzuka 8 hour winner Tony Hatton and will race with Brendan Clark, whilst cousin Mitchell Hatton will race alongside Josh Brookes. Motorcycling 'royalty' will hit the track when Shogo Moriwaki, of the famous Moriwaki family joins the field for the event.
In the tradition of the famous Triple Challenge's that were held at Eastern Creek's car racing circuit in the early part of the decade, two disciplines of motorsport will come together on the one circuit for a spectacular and finale to end motorsport this century!
The action starts in the morning of Saturday December 11, with the 3 Hour Bike Racing commencing at 12:00pm followed by the Champion of Champions Kart Prix to take place at 4:00pm
For more information contact Eastern Creek Karts on 02 9672 7530, or circuit promoter Garry Holt on 0413 879 879.