The Sunshine Series DH has rolled around again for 2013 and once more it has opened at the classic Toowoomba trail, ‘Mackenzie Frenzy’. A lot of modifications were made before the race, bringing new life to the old track and keeping riders on their toes especially through the off camber top section. Further changes worked out well providing a fresh look to the track whilst still having the well-known ‘Mackenzie Frenzy’ flat out speed and looseness riders have come to expect.
The weather threatened all Sunday afternoon with some small showers but nothing did deter the riders or their times.The Elite category was big and stacked with talent, containing names like Kovarik, Maltman and young guns Remy Morton and Max Warshawsky who both were racing above their years. The U19′s win was claimed convincingly by Sam Rohdmann above Cairns boy Lachlan McLaren who pulled second with two crashes and Loughlin Murphy rounded out the podium in third.
The top three in elite were separated by just under a second with Lindsay Klein taking the win ahead of Kovarik and Ben Power. Max Warshawsky found his way into fourth place, giving the crowd something to cheer about and James Murphy showed his form coming in fifth with his first elite podium. However the highlight of the day was clearly young Remy Morton who was just over a second off the podium in sixth pace, a very impressive performance.
Big thanks must go to the Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club for putting on a great event year in year out as well as to new series title sponsor ‘Yakima Racks’. Well wishes also go to Liam Paiaro who came unstuck on track and had to be airlifted to hospital, he is now home and recovering.
Words : Chris Dalziel Photos : Andrew Benson