Off-road antics

Tasmanian Endurance Riders Club members Sophie Coldicutt, Shannon Logan and Melissa Templar contest the first round of the ladies division in the Barry Richardson Memorial Grasstrack Series in February. Photos courtesy of Allison Murfett and Kayne Davern.

Enduro. A rural property is set to host more than 100 endurance riders and spectators next weekend as the Barry Richardson Memorial Grasstrack Series comes to town.

The Tasmanian Endurance Riders Club’s second round of the four-part series will be held at Old Stanley Road West on Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29, with property owner Leigh Schuuring saying he is happy to accommodate the crowd.

Dwindling local numbers in the sport and a passion for riding “in the bush” is what led the on-and-off member of eight years to volunteer his grass paddock for the meet, adding lightheartedly: “As a farmer, the paddocks were going to be worked up anyway to put some crop in . . .  so why not tear it up?”

Fifteen of the 140 acres will be used over the two days, with the event culminating in a ‘King of the Paddock’ on Sunday to determine the champion.

TERC president Kayne Davern said the weekend is sure to “bring a fair few people to town”.

The former local said he saw it as a good opportunity for Circular Head, with previous meets drawing close to 200 racers plus spectators.

“I just thought it’s a good thing . . . mainly to entice a few more locals that might be thinking about it, to come out and have a look,” he said.

With events held each month, the club allows off-road motorcycle enthusiasts to take to tracks cut and built in areas around northern Tasmania. Close to 20 locals are involved regularly in the season from February to November.

“You’ve got races going all day, it’s a real family day – they’ll set up their tents . . . We get lots of spectators – that’s encouraged. Anyone and everyone’s welcome to attend and have a look, take photos, watch; whatever they want to do,” Davern said.

Day members are welcome, with participants divided into Juniors (five to 16) and Seniors (16 and over).

Racers are asked to bring their own bikes and safety gear on the day, and allow time for sign up and scrutineering by arriving early. Entries and scrutineering opens at 8am and racing begins at 10.

The event is free for spectators, with catering onsite.

For more information contact Kayne Davern 0407 434 110 or head online to the club’s Facebook page or website, www.taserc.com.

 

ENDURO RACING

What: Barry Richardson Memorial Grasstrack Series

When: Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29, 8am start

Where: 205 Old Stanley Road West, Smithton

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