Local boy Tom Drane won a title and a third place in the Junior Australian Dirt Track Championships last weekend in Gunnedah. Tom took part in three different divisions this year. He won the 85cc modified competition for 7-10 years, retaining his title from last year. Tom started another new class this year, 85cc 2stroke to 150cc 4 stroke 9-11years.
He won a number of heats over the two days and came third in the final. He also moved up to an older division of the 65cc 9-13 years in which he won a number of heats to qualify 6th overall for the final. In the final his ignition failed in the second lap and forced him to finish the final early.
Tom was joined by a number of riders from Forbes including Sam Drane, Holly and Hugh Hope-Hodgetts and Beau Bailey. They competed in the Nippers 50cc Demo Division and all of them rode extremely well. Tom’s next race will be in September competing in the NSW Long Track Titles at the Central Coast. He will also swap his bikes for go karts next month to compete in the Southern Star Series and the NSW Kart Titles at Manning Valley.