Wildcards and Australians close out FIM ARRC at The Bend
April 22, 2018

The final day for our Australian riders and Wildcards in the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) at The Bend Motorsport Park, saw Tom Toparis (Cube Racing, Kawasaki ZX-6R), Scott Nicholson (NextGen Motorsports, Suzuki GSX-R600), Patrick Li (Webike Ikazuchi Racing) competing in race two of the Asia Supersport 600 class. Travis Hall (SCK Rapido Hi Rev Honda Racing Team) rode in race two of the Asia Underbone 150 class.

Similar to race one yesterday there was action a plenty with many incidents on the track and another red flag. 

Nicholson was the best of the Australian contingent, finishing race two in 14th. Toparis managed to keep the bike on two wheels but a mechanical issue saw him retire from the race. Li also suffered mechanical difficulties and was forced to retire on lap 3 whilst sitting in 20th position.

Hall once again had a competitive performance in the Underbone 150 Championship, managing 10th to back up his ninth place in race one yesterday.
Unfortunately, after his crash yesterday Broc Pearson (1800 Approved Cairns, YZF-R6) did not compete today, drawing an early end to his ARRC.

Motorcycling Australia (MA) caught up with Wildcards Toparis and Nicholson to get their thoughts on their ARRC experience.

Tom Toparis
“The experience was good I learnt a lot yesterday, the ARRC riders definitely showed me a different way of riding but I have enjoyed the experience and have learnt a lot to take with me up to Darwin for the next round of ASBK.” Said Toparis

Scott Nicholson
“Really happy to gain the experience of racing in the Asian Championship, picking up a couple of points in my first international meeting is a bonus and a great way to start my international career,” finished Nicholson.
Photos courtesy of Andrew Gosling tbg Sport.

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