BALANCE AND SKILL: Jason Purdy gets the mud flying in Sunday's Ocean to Motion meet. INSET: Zac Perry.
BALANCE AND SKILL: Jason Purdy gets the mud flying in Sunday's Ocean to Motion meet. INSET: Zac Perry. Matt Taylor GLA291017GLA

WATCH: Big meet prelude to bigger season next year

MOTOR SPORT: Gladstone Dirtriders Motorbike Club secretary Julie Maeyke said next year will be bigger and better on the back of a successful final meet of the season.

The Ocean to Motion marked the end of the season at the club and the event attracted 97 riders from most parts of central Queensland.

A lot of hard work was put into getting Ocean to Motion under way after heavy rain almost two weeks ago had threatened to derail preparations with the track inundated with water.

"We had to get an excavator and bobcat to drain the water and there were a lot man hours done to get the track up to speed,” Maeyke said.

But Sunday's event went without a hitch with Kirra Baxter overall winner in the Ladies class ahead of Pippa Wilkings and Shannon Spratt.

"Gladstone's Stephen Neilsen won all three races in the Vets 30 to 40 years class to record a win ahead of Clayton Pickering and Joel Rayner,” Maeyke said.

"However Pickering and Rayner took the spoils for the series with Geoff Gleeson finishing in third place.”

Terry Scarborough took first place on the day in the Vets over 40 years class with Chris Haertel second and Trevor Pratt third, but the series win went to Pratt from Craig Cruickshank and Chris Haertel. The Clubman Lites podium was made up of Ty Vallence, Tye Shaw and Luke Trapp.

Shaw and Trapp tied on 294 points and Phillip Bewsey was just three points back in fourth.

Daniel Boyce won the Seniors Lites and showed the field a clean set of heels to record three wins ahead of Max Brennan and Tyson Baxter.

Brennan won the series win ahead of Kam Watson and Boyce.

The overall winner of the Clubman Open was Alan Cornick who also won on Sunday ahead of Tye Shaw and Josh Putman.

Joel Rayner finished second for the season and Lee Tonkin edged out Luke Trapp for third spot.

The Senior Open class saw Max Brennan take first place in the series from Lee Voss and Sunday's winner Tyson Baxter.

Meanwhile Maeyke said the 2018 calendar will be released mid-December with more promised on the program.

"Next year will be bigger and better with a natural terrain series at the start of the year,” she said.



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