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Glenvale Crescent, March 23, 2003

Clarke takes Big Sunday

By Mal Sawford

Monster fields in A and B Grade with over 170 riders across all grades. Brief details only from the racing as I was flat on my back in Wangaratta Hospital after a fall during the Wangaratta Track Carnival.

A Grade saw a split in the field midway through the race, with twenty riders going clear, before a brief regrouping. A break of seven featuring regular contenders Robert Tighello and Jonny Clarke in the final ten minutes looked set to stay away before the big bunch regouped briefly. The winning move came from a counter attack in the closing laps, with a handful of riders staying clear by the length of the straight, with Jonny Clarke (SBR) taking the sprint ahead of Tighello (ACR) and Joel Pearson.

The B Grade win went to Shepparton junior Taigh Banson with a late solo effort. He held on to take the win by a handful of seconds over a field of nearly 60 riders lead home by Carnegie junior Mario Giramondo, who finished off a strong lead out from Australian Masters Champion and father Agostino.

The other races finished with bunch sprints and Tess Downing's (Le Tour Cycles) outright second place in D Grade in a strong field was the highlight. Congratulations to both Mario and Tess for being named in the Victorian Track Team for the upcoming National Titles.


A Grade (1 hour + 3 laps) 48 starters
1 Jonathan Clarke (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
2 Robert Tighello (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
3 Joel Pearson (Warragul CC)
4 William Walker (Brunswick CC)
5 Dean Johnstone (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
6 David Sturt (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
B Grade (55 mins + 3 laps) 58 starters
1 Taigh Banson (Shepparton CC)
2 Mario Giramondo (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
3 Colin Morris (Footscray CC)
4 Kel MacCulloch (St Kilda CC)
5 Peter Zvedeniuk (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
6 Danny Kah (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
1 Kirst Bortolin (Blackburn CC)
C Grade (50 mins + 3 laps) 30 starters
1 Neville Bird (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
2 Robert Curtis (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
3 Cameron Rotter (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
4 Richard Cormick (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
1 Emily Phillips (Blackburn CC)
D Grade (45 mins + 3 laps) 35 starters
1 Sean Bourke (Blackburn CC)
2 Tess Downing (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
3 Phillip Stanton (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
4 Darren Moore (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
1 Tess Downing (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
2 Lisa Friend (Blackburn CC)
E Grade (40 mins + 3 laps) 5 starters
1 Emma Steer (Carnegie Caulfield CC)
2 Jason Rushen (Carnegie Caulfield CC)

Australian results from the past week

Canberra CC (Mar. 12)
Lilydale Circuit Race
Carnegie Caulfield CC
Mildura-Coomealla CC
Randwick Botany CC
Murwillumbah CC
Illawarra CC
Trek Series #11
Carnegie Caulfield CC
Canberra CC


Complete Australian results for 2003