Aust Postie Bike GP 2018

Now in it's 5th year, the 2018 Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix (APBGP) is a motorcycle race team event held in the streets around the 
Cessnock’s Central Business District, the streets utilized will be closed to traffic.

The 2017 event not only attracted local riders, but also riders with previous world motorcycle titles to their name and many “first timers”. The wet track at times provided some spectacular riding from the competitors.

The 2018 event, will again be focused on providing family friendly entertainment with free attendance,

Sign On & Scrutineering: Sat 17th November 2018

Race Day: Sunday 18th November 2018

Supplementary regulations are available here

Online Entry is available here

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Outline of the Event

The inaugural event was held in October 2014 and was deemed to be a “fantastic success” based from crowd attendance, community feedback and media support.

Following on from this success, the event was again held in in 2015, 2016 and 2017 under a council approved 5-year DA and as in the inaugural year has been well accepted by the Cessnock community.

The 2018 event as in the previous years will be a motorcycle race team event held in the streets around the Cessnock’s Central Business District, the streets utilized will be closed to traffic.

Local cafes and business houses are encouraged to trade al fresco to the crowds that line the course and visit the Vincent Street precinct.
The Honda CT 110 Postie Bike is the ideal platform for such a race as the iconic nature of the machine has attracted high interest from many people, local and interstate, at the relatively low speeds the machine has proven to be capable and will enhance spectator’s vision of the race whilst mitigating risk and liability for the public and riders.

Each team will be made up of four persons being two riders and two pit persons, the total number of teams for the event will be 70. Social Media statistics show that over 8000 views were made of the official Facebook page in and around the month of the 2017 event.

The 2017 event not only attracted local riders, but also riders with previous world motorcycle titles to their name and many “first timers”. The wet track at times provided some spectacular riding from the competitors.

The 2018 event, will again be focused on providing family friendly entertainment, with free attendance, although rain hampered the 2017 event the crowd attendance was quite good.

The Postie Bikes used in the Competition:

To qualify for The Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix 2018 the bikes utilized must be genuine Honda brand CT110 step through motorcycle with a capacity not exceeding 110CC.

The bikes are required to be standard as manufactured in basic specification and will be scrutineered prior to Sunday race day. This will be conducted on Saturday 17th November between Peden’s Hotel and the Cessnock Civic Centre, the scrutineering is also open for the public to attend and witness the ever popular ‘Dyno testing of the machines”.

Major items to be verified as standard by the officials are:

  • Muffler / exhaust system
  • Sprockets
  • Wheels
  • Suspension
  • Tyres legal road approved
  • Dyno testing of power (max 6.5HP)

At the completion of the APBGP the power output of the machines entered will be measured by dyno-tune device for the top 5 placed motorcycles. The upper limit set for qualification will be the standard horsepower of 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.

This does not constitute the supplementary regulations which will be posted in conjunction with Motorcycling New South Wales at a time of not less than 14 days prior to the event.

The Program of Events

Saturday 17th November

  • Scrutineering / Riders and crew sign on at Peden’s Hotel
  • Machines will then be locked under security until Sunday morning

Sunday 18th of November

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.
    • The team allocation for practice/qualifying session will be printed in program and/or final instructions.
Qualifying:
  • 2 Qualifying Heats race of 20 laps will be seeded to make sure a fair spread of abilities across each of the heats.
    • As an 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 Cessnock Cup:
  • Conducted over 1 hour plus 1 lap for the teams placed 16th to 30th from the heats
Postie Bike Celebrity Race:
  • Conducted over 5 laps (a limit of 6 celebrity teams)
    • 1 X 20 minutes practice qualifying session to determine start positions for the Postie Bike Celebrity race.
The Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix:
  • Conducted over 90 minutes plus one lap for the teams placed from the heats

The Course

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.

Course Layout

 

The Cessnock Motorcycle Club Inc. welcomes your involvement in The Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix 2018 and wishes all participants and sponsors the best of luck.