Sproson and Faux win the TP180
The 2014 Thunderpoint 180 has been run with Lucas Sproson and Tanya Faux come out on top as deserving winners. Sproson from Brighton, Victoria won with 10 laps of the course 6.9km course in a time of 3 hrs 3 min 42 sec. Previous TP 180 winner Phillip Orr (Ballarat) had placed second behind Sproson with 10 laps in 3 hrs 8 min 58 sec with Craig Findlow (Hoppers Crossing) completing 9 laps in the 3 hour period.
Faux (Warrnambool), a new member of the club won the female 3hr category with 8 laps in 3 hrs 9 min 50 sec with Jude Jonasson in second with 7 laps 3 hrs 8 min 33 sec.
The team category change from last years 2hr event, to be a part of the 3 hr race. This seem to be a success with teams demonstrating good results across the afternoon. First place for the men's was Jeremy Evens and Jacob Lamb with 10 laps with Wally Lynch and Luke Robertson with 8 laps. In the women's Colleen Hughson and Chelsea Fox complete 7 laps to win their category.
The 1 hour category is always a tough event as competitors are pushed for a sprint race with Paul Sagnol winning first ahead of Stephan Beaumont and Jake Dumnsey. The under 17s in the one hour had good representation from the younger folk with Harrison Parker, Jack Webster and Joseph Clough taking out the placing all with 3 laps.
Overall, the event was well received with a village atmosphere, food and music around the club rooms. Work has already commenced on next years event with early discussion how to better manage track conditions, avoid the heat of summer and getting the WMTBC profile out to a greater range of competitors. Stay tune.
Many thanks to the Volunteers, especially the Race Director - Russell Cairns. It was his birthday as well!