Olson and Curtain go wheel to wheel at Eastern Creek

YRT maintains championship lead after Eastern Creek AFXC

5 Jul 2010

Despite a challenging weekend at Sydney’s Eastern Creek Raceway, Yamaha Racing Team (YRT) maintained their championship lead in both the headlining FX 600 and FX 1000cc classes at the YMF- Australian Formula Extreme Championship held over the weekend.

FX600
The duo of Kevin Curtain and Rick Olson have dominated the FX600cc championship so far, with Curtain having the edge over Olson at the opening rounds. But Olson was determined to get to the top step of the podium at the Eastern Creek event and realized his goal with a sensational day winning all three legs to take the round win and move into the championship lead.

Races one and three saw the Yamaha teamsters out front and less than a second separated them in the first leg and the margin was an amazing .003 in a gripping conclusion in the final 600cc race.

Olson’s 1-1-1 gave him the overall for the round, his first round win of the 2010 season, and in the process pinch the series lead. Curtain could only manage 2-10-2 finishes, the 10th due to losing a footpeg after colliding with a backmarker as he charged from the rear of the field, to secure third spot on the podium and leaving him just two points shy of Olson in the championship standings.

FX1000
The day started out strongly for YRT, with Kevin Curtain taking the win in race one and Pat Medcalf in a solid fourth position. But things turned sour in race two with Medcalf falling heavily mid race and the race declared after five laps as Medcalf was assisted from the track.

Curtain posted a second in race two and combined with his win in the opening race, looked on target to take the round overall. Unfortunately, Curtain was unable to finish the final leg and his 1-2 – DNF netted him fifth for the round. His dominance at the opening two rounds means he maintains his lead in the championship.

For Medcalf, he was unable to compete for the remainder of the day but is confident of a full recovery before the next round.

“It was a trying day for everyone on the team,” confides team manager, John Redding. “Pat looked to be back up to speed after recovering from his knee injury earlier in the season before his fall on the weekend, while Kevin didn’t have the weekend he was expecting.

“Rick did a tremendous job for the team and thoroughly deserved his win and hopefully this is the first of many for him.”

“The team will move on from this weekend and start preparations for our next event. With the team based in Queensland, YRT will race at the Willowbank round of the ASBK on August 21/22 before returning to the FX Championship at Wakefield on September 11/12.”

“All riders will be back to 100% before the ASBK round and we can just mark this one down as a trying weekend and move on.”

AUSTRALIAN FORMULA EXTREME Results – Rd 3 Eastern Creek
FX 600cc

1st Rick Olson – 75points (Yamaha)
2nd Matthew Walters -58 points
3rd Kevin Curtain – 55points (Yamaha)
4th Michael Jones – 50points (Yamaha)
5th Dylan Mavin- 49 points
6th Josh Hook – 45points
7th Adrian Di Giandomenico – 41points (Yamaha)
8th Jesse Austin – 40points (Yamaha)
9th Adrian Nestorovic- 38points
10th Sean Condon – 30 points

FX1000cc
1st Beau Beaton – 72points
2nd Jeremy Crowe – 57points
3rd Craig McMartin – 52points
4th Grant Hay – 51points
5th Kevin Curtain – 47points (Yamaha)
6th Glenn Cullen – 42points
7th Daniel Murphy – 37points
8th Dustin Goldsmith – 36points (Yamaha)
9th Brendan Watson- 34points
10th Jamie Aitken – 34points

16th Mat Medcalf- 18 points (Yamaha)

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – After Rd 3
FX600cc

1st Rick Olson – 207 points (Yamaha)
2nd Kevin Curtain – 205points (Yamaha)
3rd Jesse Austin – 148points (Yamaha)
4th  Adrian Nestorovic- 126points
5th Daniel Falzon- 121points
6th Lachie Thomas- 97points
7th Andrew Cornish – 86points
8th Dan Harrison – 83points
9th Joel Muddle – 83points
10th Adrian Di Giandomenico- 82points

FX1000cc
1st Kevin Curtain – 197points (Yamaha)
2nd Grant Hay- 165points
3rd Glenn Cullen – 158points
4th Dustin Goldsmith – 149points (Yamaha)
5th Jeremy Crowe – 134points
6th Jamie Aitken – 117points
7th Damien Murphy – 115points
8th Beau Beaton – 106points
9th Pat Medcalf – 97points (Yamaha)
10th Matt Thornton – 95points (Yamaha)

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