Racers go the extra mile

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Racers go the extra mile

Two wheeled action roared into life at MacNamara Park recently, with a need for speed raising funds for charity.

Following on from the success of the inaugural Cancer Council Cup fundraiser in 2023, where the Mount Gambier Motor Cycle Club raised an impressive $7300 for the Cancer Council SA, the 2024 event eclipsed that result by a mile.

Club president Alex Trnovsky said over the course of the weekend $14,130 was raised for a cause that certainly touched a raw nerve for many.

“It was inspiring to see both riders and spectators embrace the concept and dig deep to give riders the best possible chance of winning,” he said.

“With a time bonus based on the percentage of overall funds raised for their respective Cancer Council Cup feature races, the final outcomes remained a surprise until presentations at the end of Sunday.

“The announcements were eagerly anticipated and the final placings represented a good mix of race finishing positions and time bonuses.”

Trnovsky even demonstrated that it was possible to finish nearly last and still win.

“This year the club included a feature event for sidecars, and it was great to see all entrants take part,” he said.

“The inclement weather on Sunday failed to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm, with all the other regular races hotly contested by all.

“The picturesque Mac Park circuit was perfectly suited to the wide variety of machinery that a Seniors meeting brings out, and it was great to see Trevor Henderson finish second in the Lightweight Cup on his Bultaco 125cc – there would not be too many people still racing a bike they bought brand new in the 1960s.

“The club is proud to be able to give back to the community in a meaningful way, and planning is already under way to make the 2025 event bigger and better for all.”

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