We hope to see the 6 hour again soon.
SBS VICTORIOUS AT 2010 BELRAY 6 HOUR ENDURANCE RACE
In what can only be described as trying conditions due to high temperatures, Team Demolition Plus / Gas Honda racing are the well deserved victors of this year's 6 hour race at Phillip island. The riders (Wayne Maxwell and Josh Brookes) and team were dependent on SBS brake pad technology to assist them in maintaining consistent powerful brake performance across all 215 laps of the grueling race.
An ecstatic Wayne Maxwell commented on the performance of the SBS dual sinter race pads "In last year's race we were forced to change front pads mid race, However with SBS on board this year we completed the entire race on one set of pads, the feel and power at the lever was confidence inspiring" Wayne said.
The Honda CBR1000RR of Team demolition plus used SBS Dual sinter technology fitted to the front and SBS RQ Carbon Tech pads to rear to provide race long faultless performance.
Additionally the second placed Team Factory Honda of Jamie Stauffer and Glenn Allerton also used the identical SBS combination in their CBR1000RR. Paul Free team Honda manager went on to say "We are astounded by the performance and durability of the SBS pads for this race, It gave us one less thing to manage as we knew we would complete the event easily on just one set of SBS brake pads".
Aaron Jones (SBS Product manager Monza Imports) said "We congratulate Team Demolition plus on being crowned the 2010 Australian endurance champions, and we are proud to support their efforts. The quality and performance of the SBS products we supplied have proven to be a big part of a successful package; this is further reinforced by (Team Honda Australia) filling the second step of the podium after also relying on SBS pads to keep them ahead of the field."
Pirelli Clean Sweeps Superstock 600 Class, Podiums Production Class At The 6 Hour.
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa riders have taken all podium places in the Superstock 600 Class at the recent Australian Endurance Championship (The 6 Hour) at Phillip Island. Pirelli riders also claimed second and third places in the Production Class at this event.
With over a quarter of the teams for the 6 Hour riding on Pirelli tyres, it was a busy and successful weekend for the Pirelli Race Service at Phillip Island. Friday practice saw fine weather and a great chance to improve riders time on track, bike set up and the optimum compound choice for their Diablo Supercorsa treaded and Diablo Superbike slick tyres. All Pirelli riders purchased World Superbike and World Supersport developed tyres straight off the shelf of their local Pirelli stockist, with a choice of two front and three rear compounds in Diablo Supercorsa and also Diablo Superbike available for the 6 Hour race. Pirelli technicians worked their way through the team garages at Phillip Island all weekend to ensure each Pirelli shod team achieved great results for both riders and teams on Pirelli tyres.
Saturday qualifying saw a best of fifth fastest for Pirelli with Ben Henry/Jamie Boland/Chris Galbraith on the Team Weld West privateer Suzuki GSXR1000, their time set on standard production Diablo Superbike slicks (SC1 front and SC2 rear), behind a group of factory teams at the head of the timesheets on specialist limited availability rubber. Confirming Pirelli philosiphy "we race what we sell, we sell what we race" Warwick Nowland Glenn Scott (Insuremyride.com.au Kawasaki ZX6) also qualifyied tenth fastest overall and fastest Superstock 600 using Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC2 front and SC1 rear. Behind them eleven more Pirelli teams from right around Australia were well placed across Production and Superstock categories on Diablo Supercorsa as they readied themselves for the 6 Hour on Sunday.
Sunday's race day greeted the riders with dry conditions and temperatures predicted for around twenty five degrees. Most riders had opted for Diablo Supercorsa SC2 front 120/70ZR-17 with rear choices most commonly SC1 both 180/55ZR-17 and 190/55ZR-17 sizes. These choices proved an excellent match for the day's race conditions in terms of both grip and durability, with many teams completing the entire race using only one front tyre and three rear tyres over the six hours of racing in the warm conditions.
Pirelli's fastest riders unfortunately experienced mechanical woes during the race, which saw Warwick Nowland/Glenn Scott retire early with gearbox issues, as well as Team Weld West out of the race a little over half way through race distance with final drive problems when both teams were in strong positions. However in the Production class "the 6 Hour" sponsored BMW S1000R of Murray Clark, Chris Penton and John Corbert showed consistent speed throughout the race to take second place in the Production class, followed into third in the production class by the Mototecnic Aprilia of Nathan Mahboub/Adam Wells, both using Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa. In the Superstock 600 Class Pirelli riders took all three podium places led by Pirelli stalwart Michael Brenton/Daniel Falzon/Liam Wilkinson/Levi Day (racingSA.com Kawasaki ZX6) in first, with Team Dreamers (Tony Bentall/David Holmes/Anthony Quinn/Greg Watson Honda CBR600) in second place and Team ASM (Stephen Relph/Stephanie Redman/Craig Alick) third.
In response to these fantastic results for Pirelli at the 2010 Australian Endurance Championship Link International have extended contingency payments to all Pirelli podium place getters at this year's 6 Hour. Positions two and three in each class using Pirelli tyres will now receive additional payments of $500 and $250 respectively in addition to the $1000 already made available for first in class if using Pirelli.
Pirelli is pleased to see such strong results for teams using Pirelli Diablo Superbike and Diablo Supercorsa at the 2010 Australian Endurance Championship. We look forward to continuing Road Racing activities in Australia including returning to Phillip Island for the 2011 Australian Endurance Championship.
The 6 Hour - Phillip Island - 2010
RFDS and 6 Hour partner up for the big event
The 6 Hour motorcycle endurance race, brought to you by Bel Ray, is proud to announce that the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) will be the official charity partner for the event in 2010.
James Spence, event organiser of The 6 Hour: "The RFDS exemplify all that is good about Australia- a long tradition of helping people in rural and regional areas and they provide the best care in what can be trying circumstances. We're proud to have them aboard."
For Spence, the association with the RFDS goes back many years. right to the Service's founder: "My great uncle is none other than the founder of the RFDS, Rev. Dr John Flynn. So for me personally, the RFDS is something close to my heart." Scott Chapman, CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service: "The Royal Flying Doctor Service is proud to be the charity partner of the Six Hour endurance race. Endurance is key to our team of pilots, nurses and doctors who provide medical assistance around the clock, seven days a week to people living, working and travelling in rural and remote Australia. The Six Hour event is not just an opportunity for us to raise much needed funds but to raise the awareness of our work to those who may one day need our services."
As well as fundraising at The 6 Hour, the RFDS will also offer patrons the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win Casey Stoner's signed Alfa Romeo (valued at $95,000) at the event. This amazing prize will be on display all weekend at The 6 Hour.
Tickets for the raffle are $20 with all proceeds going to the RFDS.
The 6 Hour is on from 3-5 December at Phillip Island and is proudly brought to you by Bel Ray.
Maxwell and Brookes to contest The 6 Hour at Phillip Island GP circuit
Victorian Superbike Race Wayne Maxwell will be a leading competitor in The 6 hour endurance motorcycle race at Phillip Island on the weekend of 4-5 December, 2010. After finishing second in this year's Australian Superbike Championship, the 28 year old is now looking to finish his year with a win.
Although a non competitor in the 6 hour in 2009, his team- the Demolition GAS Honda outfit did- and they brought home the first place trophy.
But Maxwell will not be alone. Being an endurance race, he will be paired with long time friend and international racer Josh Brookes who has returned to Australia from the UK where he finished second in the highly respected British Superbike Championship.
"I'm really looking forward to this event" said Maxwell, "Josh and I are good mates, we like a similar bike but importantly we really like the Phillip Island circuit. We've both won there many times before and my team has prepared a bike that will be second to none."
For both riders, superior fitness will be important as they will have to ride for at least three hours each. Josh Brookes is enjoying training for the 6 hour; "Coming home to Australia is fantastic because training hard when it's warm is far more enjoyable. Wayne is renowned as being one of the fittest guys going around and given that our races are usually 20-30 minutes, being in peak condition is really important given we have to ride about 100+ laps each for the race"
For organiser James Spence, this year's six hour race represents 12 months of planning and hard work. "Last year we raced at the now closed Oran Park circuit in New South Wales. Once I knew we could not race there again, moving to Phillip Island; the spiritual home of motorcycling in Australia was a logical step."
For the Australian racing community, racing on what is arguably one of the finest and fastest circuits in the world has proved highly alluring. "We've been overwhelmed at the response. We have over forty teams entered" said Spence. "We have entries from the factory Suzuki team and the newly re-formed Honda Superbike team as well. With some teams fielding three and four riders per bike that means we have over 100 riders in one race alone. It's going to be action from the get go."
The 6 Hour presented by Bel Ray is on the weekend of 4-5 December.
For further information, contact Tom Reynolds, Media and PR for the 6 Hour, presented by Bel-Ray.
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QBE sponsor The 6 Hour!
The organisers of The Bel Ray 6 Hour Australian Endurance Championship are pleased to announce that QBE Insurance will be a sponsor of the 2010 event.
After the initial success of the 2009 event, the final motorsport event at Oran Park in NSW, the decision was made to take the event to the picturesque and much loved Phillip Island circuit.
In 2010, The 6 Hour has grown in both stature and entrants to the point where some are saying it will be the premier domestic motorcycling event of 2010.
Jacinta Siracusa, National Marketing Co-ordinator at QBE: "QBE are excited to be on board with The 6 Hour in 2010. The event is rich in history not dissimilar to QBE as a company making the partnership a great fit. We are confident with the move to Phillip Island it will once again become the iconic event it once was."
The 6 Hour event organiser, James Spence: "Having QBE come aboard is fantastic. They are a great supporter of motorcycle racing in Australia and having them invest in this event shows that not only do the teams and riders have faith in what we're doing, but the industry does too. I'm absolutely delighted all round!"
QBE, along with our major sponsor Bel Ray, join our other sponsors , Bridgestone, Dunlop, Metzeler, Pirelli, Honda Australia, Suzuki Australia , BMW Australia, Whites Racing Products, Excelgene and All Seasons Hotels
Scott Charlton Interview Bel Ray 6 hour
Josh Brookes and wayne Maxwell 6 hour Promo Vid
Its official !!! Josh Brookes and Wayne Maxwell team up with Demolition Plus/ Gas Honda CBR1000RR to defend their 6hour #1plate from last year. Release out next week.
BEL-RAY 6 HOUR ENDURANCE RACE
THE BEL-RAY 6 HOUR ENDURANCE RACE MASSIVE $60,000 PLUS IN CASH, CONTINGENCY AND PRIZES
With less than 3 months remaining before the start of Australia's inaugural Endurance Championship, the Bel-Ray 6 Hour can boldly stand proud as the Nation's most lucrative road racing event. Event promoter James Spence has secured a level of support unheard of in Australian Road Racing, which clearly underlines the importance of Endurance racing to the manufacturers and the motorcycle industry. The prize pool has now exceeded AUD$60,000.
James Spence: "I'm very pleased with Bel-Ray, the 4 main tyre distributors and Honda Australia for becoming a part of our Championship. In the golden years the 6 Hour was a race run and won on the best tyre and bike package available. Now everyone has access to the same tyres and bikes. Our event will host some big names and strong teams but everyone competing will have the opportunity to prepare themselves and their bike as well as choose the best equipment just like any other team. As we experienced last year, the most important aspects of Endurance racing are preparation before the race, staying out of trouble during the race and spending as little time as possible in the pits during pit stops. I believe anyone can win this race. Phillip Island has a reputation for punishing tyres so those who focus on bike set-up and spend time on their race strategy will be the key players after 5 hours."
Honda Australia will be part of the 2010 6 Hour and hoping to win the event back to back after last year's impressive victory at Oran Park. Suzuki Australia is also considering not only their involvement in the 6 Hour but how many bikes they may enter in the race. The Australian Endurance Championship is not restricted to a single tyre manufacturer. Bridgestone, Dunlop, Metzeler and Pirelli will all be involved at full strength as the tyre war begins with full race support services from Dunlop ,Pirelli and Bridgestone at the island for this years race. As International riders and teams cast an inquisitive eye over the Bel-Ray 6 Hour, one can only imagine that on Sunday December 5, 2010, Phillip Island will herald another step toward the return of the golden years of Australian Endurance racing. 29 teams have entered the 2010 Bel-Ray 6 Hour , however that figure is expected to increase to more than 40 teams as we move closer to the race.
Final Tyre list and Industry Contingency packages for this year's race as well as special event pricing details for teams to be able to comply with contingency payouts will be available on the 6 Hour website from Friday 24th September. The 2010 Bel Ray 6 Hour will be held at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend of December 3rd - 5th 2010. The 6 Hour will commence with the traditional Le Mans style start at 10.30am with none other than 6 Hour legend and Grand Prix hero Kevin Magee giving the riders their starting orders.
A huge 2 hour TV program will capture all the action and will be developed and shown on Fox Sports with details and replay times and dates to be released in early October.
Supplementary rules and regulations have been released for this year's event and are available on the website along with event information and entry forms.
SUPPORT CLASS INFORMATION
THE BEL-RAY 6 HOUR ENDURANCE RACE SUPPORT CLASS INFORMATION
The 2010 6 Hour will mark not only the resurgence of one of Australia's premier races but also the first time that this event will run under the banner of an Australian Championship having recently been awarded Australian Title status. The 2010 6 Hour will be held at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend of December 3rd - 5th 2010.
Supporting the main event, the Bel Ray 6 Hour, will be several exciting support classes racing over the weekend starting on the Friday and finishing on the Saturday afternoon complementing the 6 Hour qualifying sessions and Superpole shootout.
Classes already confirmed for the action packed weekend will see the running of the final round of the Bridgestone backed BEARS National Championship and as an incentive to get a couple more European bikes onto the 6 Hour Endurance grid for Sunday, Event promoter James Spence will be offering any BEARS support class entrants who field a BEARS 6 Hour team ,free entry to the support classes.
The 400's return as a major player on the weekend program with what is shaping up to be possibly the largest grid of all the supports classes, the State of Origin 400cc challenge, with grids expected to be maxed out at close to 40 entries.
The Final round of the MRRDA junior series will also feature on the program with the cream of Australia's current junior riders hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Casey Stoner, Chris Vermeulen, Broc Parkes Anthony West, Josh Brookes and current Australian Superbike Champion Josh Walters strutting their stuff around Phillip Islands challenging world class circuit.
The sidecars will also have several races on track throughout the weekend although this is all depending on grid numbers. Event Promoter James Spence has stated that in order for this to happen they would have to be at least 15-20 outfits, if these numbers cant be fulfilled then the Retro's class made up of Pre Modern bikes and New Era bikes may be invited to replace the sidecars.
Entries close on the 10th November for inclusion into the official event program with late entries accepted up until Monday 22nd November.
The 6 Hour Support classes for 2010 include:
- MRRDA Juniors
- 400cc State Of Origin Challenge
- 125's and 250 mono's
- Australian Sidecars Or Retro's (TBC)
- Bridgestone National BEARS
Supplementary rules and regulations for this years's event are available on the website along with event information and entry forms. Go to www.the6hour.com.au or http://www.ma.org.au/index.php?id=712
For ticket sales, TV timings, Corporate hospitality Packages, Accommodation Packages for Officials and Competitors and all the latest news on the star line up for this years event is all available on the Official 6 Hour website as well as our facebook and twitter pages.
The 2010 6 Hour will mark not only the resurgence of one of Australia's premier races but also the first time that this event will run under the banner of an Australian Championship having recently been awarded Australian Title status.
The 2010 6 Hour will be held at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend of December 3rd - 5th 2010. The 6 Hour will always be a adrenalin fuelled, action packed race and with the success of the 2009 event at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway and with Australian Championship status, the 2010 event is shaping up to be even more of a spectacle.
The 6 Hour will commence with the traditional Le Mans style start at 10.30am with none other than 6 Hour legend and Grand Prix hero Kevin Magee giving the riders their starting orders. What better way to enjoy the race then in a private 6 hour corporate suite. Places are limited so be quick in securing this great offer.
Corporate suite only available for Race Day Sunday December 5th
- Price includes 3 day pass per person
- Cash bar for Soft drinks, Beer, Wine and Spirits
- TV's with live timing
- Complementary 6-hour program and Stubby holder
- Fresh bakery muffins
- Specialty teas & percolated coffee
- Buffet Luncheon
- Honey glazed leg ham with seeded mustard
- Chicken breast fillets herb infused in white wine
- Individual quiche Lorraine tartlets
- Traditional potato salad tossed in a basil pesto dressing
- Gourmet green salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumber and Spanish onion
- Baskets of Crusty Breads and Rolls
- Homemade biscuits & slices
- Percolated coffee and specialty teas
$125.00 per person
2010 Bel Ray 6 hour Promo video
Bel Ray 6hour awarded Australian Championship status
Motorcycling Australia (MA) is pleased to announce that the Bel Ray 6hour Endurance Race promoted by James Spence Promotions has been awarded Australian Championship status for 2010. The Championship is scheduled to be held at Phillip Island, Victoria, from 3-5 December 2010.
40 teams will be able to enter the event and the classes will be:
- Superbike as per GCR's
- Supersport as per GCR's
- Superstock 1000 as per GCR's
- Superstock 600 as per GCR's
The weekend will also play host to several support classes including the Motorcycle Road Race Development Association (MRRDA), British European and American Racing (BEARS) and a proposed round of the 2010 Australian Road Racing Sidecar Championship.
Supplementary Regulations in addition to class rules and the event schedule will be available to download from both the MA website atwww.ma.org.au/roadracing and the event website at www.the6hour.com.au.
Event Promoter, James Spence, was thrilled this event had been awarded Championship status.
"To have the Bel Ray 6hour granted Australian Championship Status in only its second year is a testament to the success of the event held at Oran Park last November," Spence said.
"We will be doing everything we can to make this year's event at Phillip Island one of the largest and most successful weekends of the year".
The 6 Hour Broadcast Replay News
The replay of Trackside at the 6 hour will be broadcast on Sunday 24th January at 17.30pm on Fox Sports 2. It will be replayed several times over summer and the DVD will be ready for sale in the coming weeks.
Coxhell, Holland and Jones win the 6 Hour
The Demolition Plus team of Craig Coxhell, Russell Holland and Gareth Jones have won The Bel-Ray 6 Hour at Oran Park this afternoon, capping off the last ever motorcycle race at the iconic circuit.
International rider Holland took the chequered flag for the team on a Honda CBR1000RR Superstock-spec bike with 277 laps under their belts, taking a popular win in front of an estimated crowd of over 4000 fans on a day that reached over 40-degrees in temperature.
“Endurance racing is a team sport and we simply couldn’t have made it happen without these two other riders on the bike or without our team, who have put in an incredible effort all weekend,” said 2003 Australian Superbike Champion Coxhell. “I’ve raced a 24-hour race in Europe before and the heat today made this race even tougher.”
Demolition Plus completed three more laps than second place finishers Big Kahuna Racing, featuring Yamaha factory rider Dan Stauffer, Grant Hay and Zac Davies, also a strong showing for the Yamaha YZF-R1-mounted team.
Davies was fast all weekend after setting Superpole for the Big Kahuna outfit, recently ruled out of the ASBK series due to a lack of funding for the 2009 season.
The Big Kahuna team also took the fastest lap of the race on the 90th lap, right before the halfway point of the race.
Rounding out the podium was The 6 Hour team of promoter James Spence, who was joined by former double World Endurance Champion Warwick Nowland and British Superbike rider David Johnson.
The #1 Dean Evans Revolution team of Damian and Alex Cudlin finished fourth overall as the top team with just two riders, putting in an ironman effort to finish six laps behind the victors.
Completing the top five results for the weekend was top Production class finishers Team Green Racing, made up of Jason Kain, Rodney Taplin and Mark Hatch, riding a ZX-10R to the finish 16 laps behind the leaders./p>
Team Astute was the top Superstock 600 team finishing on 246 laps (12th outright) with Mick Cole Motorcycle Team a very close 3.388 seconds behind in second (13th outright).
An excited James Spence told supporters from the podium that The 6 Hour will be back once again in 2010 despite Oran Park being demolished in favour of a housing estate in January next year, with the new venue yet to be finalised.
Stay tuned for a Moto Talk interview with all three riders from the Demolition Plus team to be posted on Tuesday morning.
Articles from Motoonline.com.au. Posted: 22 November 2009. Story: Alex Gobert
Top 10 Results- 2009 The 6 Hour Race
|2||63||Big Kahuna Racing||274||6:02:37.134|
|3||6||The 6 Hour||271||6:02:25.402|
|4||1||Dean Evans Revolution||271||6:03:01.827|
|5||10||Team Green Racing||261||6:02:16.693|
|9||7||The Farm Daze||253||6:02:13.983|
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