Aus Postie Bike GP 2017
Now in it's 4th year, the 2017 Cessnock Mitsubishi Postie Bike Grand Prix will see the main event, A Celebrity Race, & the Cessnock Cup, featuring the Best Of The Rest . With the festivities kicking off at Peden's Hotel the afternoon before, you can come and catch up with all the teams & Grid Girls in our annual 'Meet & Greet'. Stay for dinner, have a few bevvies & soak up the atmosphere before getting your best pozzie set up the next day for the race that stops a community. Oh yes sireeee, we are bursting with excitement at this years race schedule!
Sign On & Scrutineering: Sat 4th November 2017
Race Day: Sunday 5th November 2017
Outline of the Event
The inaugural event was held in October 2014 and was a fantastic success based from crowd attendance, community feedback and media support. Following on from this success, the event was again held in 2015/16 under a new 5 year DA.
The 2017 event will also be a motorcycle race team event held in the streets of Cessnock’s Central Business District. The streets utilized will be closed to traffic and local cafes & business houses are encouraged to trade al fresco to the crowds that line the course. The Honda CT 110 Postie Bike is the ideal platform for such a race as the iconic nature of the machine will attract high interest and yet the relatively low speeds the machine is capable of will enhance spectator’s vision of the race whilst mitigating risk and liability. Each team will be made up of four persons being two riders and two pit persons. Social Media statistics show that over 700 000 views were made of the official Facebook page in and around the month of the 2016 event. The 2015 event attracted not only local riders, but also riders 3 riders with world motorcycle titles to their name.
The 2017 event, will again be focused on providing family friendly entertainment and will be further promoted by the 8000 odd spectators that attended in 2016.
The Program of Events
- Parade Lap 9.00am Sunday
- Followed by sighting lap for each rider in the team.
- Each team will contest a 20-minute practice/qualifying heat in grids of a maximum of 30 teams on track at once.
- Team allocation for practice/qualifying session will be printed in program and/or final instructions.
- 2 Qualifying Heats race of 20 laps will be seeded to ensure a fair spread of abilities across heats.
For example after qualifying, Heat 1 will be made up of the fastest time, the 4th fastest, the 7th fastest, the 10th fastest and so on.
Heat 2 will be made up of the 2nd fastest, 5th fastest, 8 fastest etc.
- Teams must change rider on a minimum of 3 occasions during the 20 lap heat
- A single rider must not ride in excess of 14 of the 20 laps in a heat, i.e. each rider must do a minimum of 10 laps
- The first fifteen (15) teams from each heat, will contest The Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix 2017
The Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix will be held over 90 minutes plus one lap.
Teams placed 16th to 30th in each heat will go through to the Ray White Cessnock Cup which will be held over 1 hour plus 1 lap.
Postie Bike Celebrity Race:
- Limit of 6 celebrities
- 1X 20 minutes practice qualifying session to determine start positions for the Postie Bike Celebrity race.
- Postie Bike Celebrity race will be held over 5 laps.
The course commences with the start line situated in Darwin Street Cessnock. The track then turns left into the exit of Cessnock TAFE adjacent Hall St. From here, a couple of bends and corners will enter onto North Avenue where the riders will swing left before turning back onto South Avenue and left again back into Hunter TAFE. From here, the track will exit out onto South Avenue for a quick dash and then back into the TAFE Campus for one right turn prior to turning right back onto Darwin St. Then head down Darwin St for 100 metres then turning left into South Avenue. A left onto Charlton St will bring the riders behind Cessnock Ex-Service Club onto Charlton Avenue.
A left onto Hall St will see the riders heading into the Hunter TAFE Campus past the Finish line.
The Postie Bikes used in the Competition
In order to qualify to compete in The Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix 2017 the bikes utilized must be genuine Honda brand CT 110 step through motorcycle with a capacity not exceeding 110CC.
The bikes are required to be standard as manufactured in basic specification particularly in terms of exhaust/muffler and capacity.
The power output of the machines entered will be measured by dyno-tune device after the race for the top 5 placed motorcycles. The upper limit set for qualification will be the standard horsepower at the manufacture i.e. 6.5 h.p. If any machines are found to exceed the upper limit, that team will be disqualified from the event, and the placegetter below will move up one position.
The Cessnock Motorcycle Club Inc. welcomes your involvement in The Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix 2017 and wishes all participants and sponsors the best of luck.