||Last Updated: Dec 17th, 2014 - 17:50:03
Current day road racing topliner Troy Herfoss returned to his dirt track roots to score an emphatic win in the Gear Factor 2014 North Brisbane Cup last Saturday, December 13.
Queensland’s premier non-championship dirt track meeting for the year attracted a classy line-up of over 140 riders with a big crowd constantly entertained by quality on-track action.
The 20-lap final of the North Brisbane Cup came after three rounds of heats which saw all the main contenders qualify, headed by Herfoss.
Prior to the Cup final Herfoss had a fall in a Pro 450 heat and missed heats in two other classes, but he certainly had plenty in hand for the 20-lapper.
Local star Jace Castles was the early leader but Herfoss took over by mid-race and soon opened up a comfortable advantage over Castles.
While the hosts, the North Brisbane Junior Motorcycle Club, may not have provided the race winner they certainly lived up to their reputation for talent with five of the top seven across the line.
Castles was second, ahead of Jake Allen, despite two years away from open dirt track competition, 16 year olds Jarred Brook and Kye Thomson were split by Gold Coast rider Nathan Crawford, and then another speedway regular Tyson Nelson.
Only one of the 16 riders did not complete the journey – another speedway regular Josh Grajczonek, who took a harmless tumble when he clipped another bike at the first corner.
Earlier Castles had scored wins in two finals, claiming the Senior Pro Open, beating a very impressive Chris Hollis and Jake Allen, and the Senior Pro 450, again beating Hollis and Jarred Brook.
A year ago Kye Thomson and Jarred Brook were opponents in the juniors, this year they fought out the Pro 250 final with Jake Lowe in third place.
Although Herfoss won the opening two rounds of the Invitational Masters Legends he only finished fourth overall after missing the last round. Honours went to Daniel Reardon ahead of Luke Gough and Chris Vermeulen.
Reigning Australian Track champions Adam and Graham Liebke (Dirt Track Sidecar) and Briony Hendrickson (Womens) each won their respective classes while Ross Rizzo won the Quads Open final.
Other winners were Jake Lowe (New Dirt Track), Garry McCoy (Over 40s) and Graham Liebke (Super Moto) and in the juniors Glen Nelson (50cc), John Lytras (65cc), Billy Van Erde and Tom Kruger (85cc), Max Whale (125cc) and Broc Pearson (250cc)
Prior to the North Brisbane Cup finale other classes had a feature event, over longer than normal race distance and several of these produced different winners to the rounds staged earlier in the meeting.
Hunter Penhallurick won the 65cc race, while the Dirt Track Sidecars was a handicap event with the massive start given to the 40 year old Norton outfit ridden by Jamie McMurdo and passenger Nick Higgs proving too much for the Liebkes to haul in.
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