McLauchlan wins AFXC series

Ryan McLauchlan takes a corner at Eastern Creek last Sunday on his way to a second Australian title. submitted
Ryan McLauchlan takes a corner at Eastern Creek last Sunday on his way to a second Australian title. submitted

COFFS rider Ryan McLauchlan had to win the 2010 Australian AFXC Protwins motorcycle road racing series ... or else.

McLauchlan’s fiancée, Hannah, agreed to postpone their wedding until after the season ended.

But everything turned out fine at Eastern Creek on the weekend when the title was captured on board a Ducati 1198S.

In fact, he took the crown in both divisions, winning the Saturday and Sunday series of the Australian Formula Xtreme Championship.

After qualifying third for Saturday’s final, the Coffs rider came up against series leader, Chris Knox, and ex-national champion Phill Lovett.

Knox won the first race, with McLauchlan second, but with advice and help from fellow rider Beau Beaton to make changes to the suspension, McLauchlan’s bike suddenly had a better rear end grip.

The changes worked a treat and resulted in a win in races two and three to claim the crown.

After such a tight battle, the Sunday series had less pressure.

With a 14-point lead over Knox, McLauchlan needed to finish no higher than second to his main rival in the remaining three races to finish on top.

But if somebody got in between them, Knox would have enough points to mess up the placings.

Determined to leave nothing to chance, McLauchlan took an extra three-point lead in the pecking order by winning race one.

For the second outing he elected to use his second-hand control tyre and leave the last allowed fresh tyre until the last race of the day.

Taking the risk, Knox fitted his last fresh tyre and scored with the Coffs candidate running third.

But a quick calculation of points revealed McLauchlan only had to get fourth in the final event to take out the championship.

After another bad start, he spent the opening stages in catch-up mode as Knox built a three-second lead.

By lap four the gap had been halved.

“On the final lap, I decided to drop off the chase,” McLauchlan said.

“There was no need to throw away the whole championship with a rush of blood to the head, so I was happy to settle for second place in the race.

“Taking out the overall title was the ultimate goal and it’s a fantastic feeling to finally get there.”

No doubt, Hannah will be relieved also.

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