The final round of the eFXC run in conjunction with the Australasian Superbike Championships was a huge event with live TV coverage on Fox Sports and Live Steaming on the Saturday.
A day/evening two day event with almost three days of sessions/races meant for a busier than normal schedule and more race laps.
Friday had two practice sessions and one qualifying session as well as two races. Weather was warm with a light breeze so perfect for good times. Despite not riding the track for almost 10 weeks, David was riding well and cut three seconds off his personal best in the qualifying session to post a 1:55.274. Voltron Evo, Varley and Ripperton bikes set faster times (1:45-1:47) with their powerful machines (200hp, 140hp and 110hp respectively v. 70hp for the Zero SR).
The two races on Saturday went pretty much as expected with the quicker bikes pulling away on the longer straights of Sydney Motorsport Park to take the podium places and the Zero SR in fourth. In race one, David managed to cut 9 seconds off the 3 lap race time from the June 2015 round, proving the 3 second per lap personal best in qualifying wasn’t just a one-off. Race two result was the same but the twilight conditions hampered times a little with sun set directly ahead when entering turn one at 180kph!
Sunday’s weather was beautiful but almost 10 degrees warmer with temperatures in the low thirties with track temperatures in the fifties. There were three races, the latter two broadcast on Livestream. The three top electrics continued their battles with some very exciting racing when upcoming rider Brad Swallow got onboard the Ripperton bike and pushed the more powerful Voltron and Varley bikes with a fastest lap time of 1:42. Andy Lewer was able to get out on the Catavolt bike for the final two races and improved his times substantially.
With five fourth places across the weekend David picked up third place trophy and fourth in the championships. A better than expected result with the fast times on Friday providing much encouragement for next season. The Zero SR has run faultlessly all year in racing and track days. It’s a very reliable package and although not tailored made for the track it handles itself well and has comparable performance to the Ninja 300s.
Thanks for all who’ve supported us throughout the year and we wish you a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.