Riders revved up at Mac Park

The Easter bunny had to deliver his eggs quickly on Sunday before the roar of motorcycle engines from McNamara Park would have scared him off.

It was another massive weekend at the Mac Park with the Easter Cup up for grabs, while a variety of support classes also thrilled spectators as riders battled mixed conditions.

The main event was the Easter Cup, which also doubled as the opening round of the SA State Championship and it was Declan Carberry, who hopped away from the track with the chocolates after dominating the big race.

With the 14 rider field greeted by a wet track, anything was possible across the 10 laps which lay ahead.

After dominating the Supersport class, Ty Lynch was the favourite starting on pole.

Lynch was in a league of his own being the only rider to break into the 1:09 barrier, but his chances were dashed when his Yamaha 600 rocket ship could not greet the starter.

The stunning surprise threw the race open and left defending champion Declan Carberry and local hope Dallas Skeer to fight for track position from the front row.

Carberry was ready to pounce on his Suzuki 600 and raced off the line to get the holeshot and take the lead into the tight turn one left-hander.

Limestone Coast racer Skeer struggled to speed off the line and found himself behind Jamie Banks, who enjoyed a rocket start jumping from fifth to third.

Veteran racer William Strugnell was another big mover from the second row and started applying the blowtorch on Skeer searching for a podium position.

After the first tour Carberry had already flexed his muscles and opened a two and a half second advantage on the pack.

But the fight was on for second with Skeer right in Banks’ slipstream with just two tenths of a second the difference as they crossed the line.

After biding his time the #86 rider made his move on the second lap and left his rival for dust.

Skeer opened a three-second gap on Banks in the blink of an eye and set his sights on Carberry.

But the #220 Suzuki was in a league of its own, extending his large lead on nine of the 10 laps of racing.

Carberry cruised home and saluted the chequered flag with a one-handed wheelie after putting on a masterclass of wet-weather riding to win by 16 seconds.

Skeer had strong one-lap pace, but lacked the consistency to challenge the victor to enjoy a smooth ride to second.

Banks managed to hold onto the final spot on the podium ahead of Strugnell, while Jayden Plowman, Brad Raethel and Andrew Tenison-Woods jostled all race to fill the minor places respectively.

The race was not without its victims after Aaron Rigby, Michael Kemp and Raymond Ross all retired inside the first three laps.

It was a great race to end a huge weekend of racing which also included a variety of other classes.

McNamara Park was the setting for the first ever bLU cRU Junior Cup meeting, which opens the door for young riders to begin the pathway to the top tier.

A total of 13 riders filled the grid for the opening round of the pioneering series and they did not disappoint with some quality racing across the three legs.

The rider, who took the opportunity with both hands was Rikki Henry.

The Mount Barker based rider was untouchable, winning all three races and taking home a full allocation of points from the inaugural round.

Despite clean sweeping the weekend, Henry had to earn every single win.

After controlling the opening race by four seconds, the #36 had its work cut out in the back-to-back sprints on Sunday.

Henry jousted with Cameron Rende in a breathtaking battle in the second leg with only nine hundredths of a second the difference as the top two took the chequered flag.

The grid was shaken up for the third race as Ella McCausland led the way followed by Rende and Henry.

Although McCausland could not keep the duo behind her, she followed their every move and completed a composed ride to third.

Meanwhile, Rende and Henry engaged in another breathtaking battle with the latter prevailing once again.

The bLU cRU also received the chance to fight for the Easter Cup junior feature race and Henry saved his best performance for last.

This time Rende could not get close to his rival as the #36 cruised to a seven-second win, while McCausland held off Ryder Gilbert to snag another podium berth.

The Lightweight Easter Cup was also up for grabs and the entrants showed plenty of skill in the tricky conditions with all 13 riders greeting the chequered flag.

Leading the way was Unitech Racing’s Sam Pezzetta, who managed the race beautifully.

Pezzetta led every lap ahead of Nichollas Yfantidis to complete a Yamaha one-two, while Jack Connelly put his Kawasaki onto the podium.

A consolation race was also held and the spoils of victory went straight to Connor Thomson.

Thomson proved a point on his Suzuki 600 dominating the 10-lap event to win by 11 seconds.

Triumph rider Timothy Hunt scored second and was followed home by Husqvarna’s Anthony Stephens, while the weekend of local rider David Trotter ended in disappointment as he could only complete two laps on his Honda.

The weather may not had been ideal, but it was not enough to spoil the 60-year celebration of racing at MacNamara Park.

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