Tom McCormack is in control of the E1 series with two rounds to go
Josh Green holds down third Outright and looking for a big final round
Beau Ralston continues to improve and posted good results at Kyogle
Stefan Granquist in action

McCormack Closes in on AORC E1 Championship

22 Jul 2014

Active8 Yamaha’s Tom McCormack took another step closer to achieving his pre-season goal of winning the 2014 Australian Off Road Championship in the E1 division, after another dominant performance at rounds nine and ten of the championship held at Kyogle, NSW, over the weekend.

McCormack was again the class of the field on his YZ250F, winning both rounds contested and finishing an impressive sixth and eighth Outright in a good weekend for the Byron Bay local. With just two rounds remaining, McCormack holds down a comfortable 34 point margin over his nearest rival and a strong showing at round 11 should lockup the championship for him.

The event on the weekend was also part of the Queensland Off- Road Championship and Tom secured the round which now puts him right in content for the series win with one round remaining.

“The weekend went well and I was able to get the win on both days. The last couple of events I haven’t had the best of luck so it was nice get out there on the weekend and race with no problems.

“I have done some riding in the Kyogle area and I really like the conditions. It was important for me to get some good results here as it takes a bit of pressure off in the final round.

“But it’s not over yet and there are still 50 points up for grabs so I need to keep on working and see it through right to the finish,” McCormack explains.

Team mate Josh Green produced a consistent weekend finishing inside the top five on both days on his YZ450F. Green is in a tight battle for podium positions in both E2 and Outright honours and is out to make all posts a winner at the final rounds in Victoria.

“It wasn’t a bad weekend, it just wasn’t great,” Green said. “I didn’t feel I rode my best and with the level of competition the way it is this year, you need to be 100% nearly every weekend to win these races.

“In the championship, I’m third outright and with a good final weekend, I believe I can get to second and things are even closer in the E2 class. I have to make it happen in Victoria,” Green ends.

Beau Ralston had one of his best weekends since joining the Active8 Yamaha team, taking his YZ450F to seventh place results in both rounds. Stilling on a steep learning curve in the off road racing scene, Ralston is showing promising signs as he continues to climb the off road ranks.

Stefan Granquist shook off a sluggish start to his weekend to finish strongly on Sunday and maintain his second place in the E3 standings on his Yamaha WR475F. Granquist has been a model of consistency throughout the year and round nine was the first time he had missed a podium finish in several rounds.

He holds down second place in the E3 series with a tight three point margin over third place with two rounds to go.

The AORC final rounds will be ran at Heathcote in Victoria on September 6 and 7. For more information on the AORC, www.ma.org.au or for a full list of results, www.mylaps.com

AORC – Championship Standings After Round 10
OUTRIGHT

1st Toby Price – 213
2nd Glenn Kearney – 185
3rd Josh Green – 182 (Active8 Yamaha YZ450F)
4th Chris Hollis – 176 (CDR Yamaha WR450F)
5th Daniel Milner – 173 (CDR Yamaha YZ450F)
6th Lachlan Stanford – 132
7th Daniel Saunders – 129
8th Tom McCormack – 126 (Active8 Yamaha YZ250F)
9th Jarrod Bewley – 118
10th Beau Ralston – 114 (Active8 Yamaha YZ450F)          

Class – E1
1st Tom McCormack – 241 (YZ250F)

2nd Scott Keegan – 207
3rd Peter Boyle – 202

Class – E2
1st Toby Price – 213
2nd Chris Hollis – 194
3rd Josh Green – 194 (YZ450F)

6th Beau Ralston – 153

Class – E3
1st Glenn Kearney – 247
2nd Stefan Granquist – 202 (WR475F)
3rd Jarrod Bewley - 199

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Four Oh Four/ Russel Colvin
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