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The International Challenge was contested over four separate races and Suzuki XR69's in the hands of Ryan Farquhar, Jeremy McWilliams and Cam Donald featured prominently. Jeremy McWilliams won the individual rider's championship from Cam Donald, the overall Team prize once again went to Australia.

The individual rider's results could have been very different, the Historic lap record holder Steve Martin won three of the four races on a Suzuki Katana, unfortunately the Katana suffered an engine failure during Saturday's race 2. An engine rebuild overnight and early Sunday allowed Steve to maintain his win ratio albeit denying him the overall individual rider's championship. During the final 8 lap race on sunday afternoon Steve demolished his outright Historic lap record, setting a new record on lap 3 of 1 minute 38.964 seconds.

My coverage of the event includes selected images from the pits and race images. I have identified the team represented by each rider as follows: (AU) Australia, (UK) United Kingdom and (VIC/W13 or NZ) Anzacs/World 13, (the VIC represents the rider's home state of Australia, in this example Victoria, as applicable.

INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE PIT IMAGES: Selected images from some of the more fancied machinery entered in the International Challenge.

#99: STEVE MARTIN (AU) - 1982 SUZUKI KATANA 1,294cc: Featuring a 1,294cc engine capacity, the Katana surprisingly left the more fancied Suzuki XR69's in it's wake in three of the four International Challenge races.

1,294cc CAPACITY, OHLINS SHOCKS AND HISTORIC LAP RECORD HOLDER STEVE MARTIN, SOME PACKAGE!

#16: CAMERON DONALD (AU) - 1981 SUZUKI XR69 1,200cc:

 

#77: RYAN FARQUHAR (UK) - 1982 SUZUKI XR69 1,230cc:

 

#99b: JEREMY McWILLIAMS (UK) - 1982 SUZUKI XR69 1,230cc:

 

#3: MALCOLM CAMPBELL (AU) - 1980 SUZUKI RG MK5 532:

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE RACING: A selection of race images including the start and finish of race 4.

RACE 4 START: #99b: McWILLIAMS, #99: MARTIN, #16: DONALD, #3: CAMPBELL, #88: BEATON, #1: DIBB AND #32: PHILLIS

RACE 4 - LAP1: #99: MARTIN CLOSELY FOLLOWED BY #16: DONALD AND #99b: McWILLIAMS, 2nd AND 3rd WERE REVERSED AT THE CHEQUER

#1: MICHAEL DIBB (AU): 1980 HONDA CB1100R, FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY #88: BEAU BEATON (AU): 1982 IRVING VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING 1300

#3: MALCOLM CAMPBELL (AU): 1980 SUZUKI RG MK5 532

#13: RUSSELL KEEN (NZ/W13): 1982 SUZUKI GSX1100

#16: CAMERON DONALD (AU): 1981 HARRIS XR69 1200

#23: LAURIE FYFFE (AU): 1980 SUZUKI GSX 1294

#24: PETER MIZZI (VIC/W13): 1980 HONDA CB1100R

#32: ROBBIE PHILLIS (AU): 1981 SUZUKI KATANA 1100

#35: CLIVE WARNER (VIC/W13): 1978 YAMAHA ZEYERS 560

#40: ROBERT MARRINER (NSW/W13): 1980 HONDA CB1100R

#47: WARWICK NOWLAND on G.SALTER'S (UK): 1977 YAMAHA TZ750

#53: GLENN CARROLL (AU): 1980 KAWASAKI 1200

#62: ROBERT RUWOLDT (AU): 1981 KAWASAKI Z 1200

#69: DAVE WOOLAMS (UK): 1977 YAMAHA TZ350

#73: GLENN CRUTCHLEY (VIC/W13): 1980 KAWASAKI Z 1100

#76: SCOTT WEBSTER (AU): 1980 KAWASAKI/MOTO MARTIN 1230

#77: RYAN FARQUHAR (UK): 1982 SUZUKI XR69 1230

#88: BEAU BEATON (AU): 1982 IRVING VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING 1300

#107: ROGER GUNN (VIC/W13): 1982 SUZUKI KATANA 1260

#88: BEAU BEATON (AU): 1982 IRVING VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING 1300, PASSING #311: ANDREW LIND (AU): 1977 KAWASAKI Z1000

#99: STEVE MARTIN (AU): 1982 SUZUKI KATANA 1294 'WEAPON'

#99b: JEREMY McWILLIAMS (UK): 1982 SUZUKI XR69 1230

#311: ANDREW LIND (AU): 1977 KAWASAKI Z1000

#321: BARRY DITCHBURN (VIC/W13): 1978 YAMAHA TZ750

#99: STEVE MARTIN WINNING RACE 4, DAYLIGHT SECOND. ACTUALLY THE GAP BACK TO #99b: JEREMY McWILLIAMS WAS 6.343 SECONDS

#99b: JEREMY McWILLIAMS, SECOND PLACE IN ALL FOUR RACES

#16: CAMERON DONALD, THIRD PLACE IN RACE 4

FOOTNOTE: Steve Martin won three out of the four International Challenge races. It wasn't all good news though, an engine failure during Saturday afternoon's race forced a rebuild that carried over into Sunday morning, then there was the matter of the broken tacho needle at the end of race 4!

#99: THE ENGINE REBUILD CONTINUED INTO SUNDAY, RACE DAY!

#99: THE TACHO CRIED ENOUGH!

MORE INTERNATIONAL ISLAND CLASSIC 2011 COVERAGE: Please continue my 'Island Classic coverage' by selecting from the following pages...

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Copyright 2013   Derek J. Hanbidge,  (aka Deejay51),  all rights reserved.
Revised: August 25, 2013.

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