The inaugural Australian Endurance
Championship, held over eight hours at the Phillip Island Circuit. The event
was modelled on the famous Suzuka Eight Hour race and the Organisers are
hopeful of attracting International Teams as the race gains recognition.
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the dedicated page covering the event.....
THE EIGHT HOUR
'RACE' - December 2011:
Some of Australia's best riders lined up for the Le Mans
start, unfortunately Honda machinery was represented by a single Fireblade,
Suzuki had other ideas and supported the race in considerable numbers
including two Team Suzuki Entrants, #1 and #11, they finished first and
The 'clickable' image depicts #1: Team Suzuki: GSXR1000 with
Josh Waters aboard the pole and race winning machine.
THE EIGHT HOUR
'PIT LANE' - Dec'. 2011:
There is simply no better place to be on race day at an
Endurance Event. The Eight Hour was no exception, there was plenty of
action. Nothing too serious, just the occasional crash damage, motorcycles
that fell over, axles that simply would not go in, some crazy refuel issues
and refueller/fire extinguisher team member outfits.
If that wasn't enough the dreaded rearset failures
were alive and well with a vengeance mainly on Suzuki machines, just like the
Bel-Ray Six Hour of 2010.
The 'clickable' image depicts another rearset failure.
THE EIGHT HR.
'ATMOSPHERE' - Dec'. 2011:
The Eight Hour included one International Team, one
Australian Rules Player attempting a new sports career as a road racer,
opportunities to get really close to the Pits and Race Riders and all things
considered, the inaugural event has set the stage for a solid annual event
on the Australian Motorsports calendar.
The 'clickable' image depicts #83: Team JP & K1 Racing Team
Member, the lady performed most of the pit wall duties, checked scores on
their laptop and was dressed in a traditional Japanese outfit, excellent
HOUR, REFUELLING - Dec'. 2011:
I commented at length on the suspect methods of refuelling
at the Bel-Ray Six Hour Races of 2009~2010 and to my dismay basically the
same methodology of refuelling Endurance Motorcycles was adopted for the
inaugural Eight Hour Race.
The 'clickable' image depicts a stop watch, utilized
by one team to give some idea when their fuel tank had been replenished as
they had no indication of fuel flow or contents remaining in the refuelling
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