Tom takes on the USA again
There’s been a lot happening at Team Drane since the last editorial, so we thought we’d better bring you up to date. First up, Tom has competed in the first three rounds of The Oceania Junior Cup (OJC – Road Racing) and celebrated his first win at the Broadford track in Victoria in round two. Round three was at Morgan Park in Queensland and after another great showing there, Tom is currently sitting in 4th spot and just a few points from the leader. With 3 rounds to go in the OJC, Tom is looking forward to flying around Winton (Vic), then off to the iconic Phillip Island circuit (run alongside the Australian Superbike Championships) and then off to Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek for the finale. Now just for good measure, Team Drane raced home as soon as they had finished at Morgan Creek, packed up and jumped an A380 jet and headed off to Ohio in the States to attack the AMA Flat Track Grand Nationals again. In just three days, Team Drane travelled half way around the world, where Tom hopped on a new bike (KTM250cc) and got ready to compete in a new class. “Odds against”, you might say. What followed was 4 solid days of racing across 3 different classes. Imagine this, a 33kg, 13year old boy muscling a 106kg KTM 250 around a track and over jumps whilst trying to maintain speed, balance and concentration. He did not disappoint one little bit. Day 1 ended with Tom dominating and winning every race competed in. Day 2 was TT and day 3 was short track events and both were real grinds. Tom worked hard and put points on the board but dropped from leader to 2nd with three days down. Day 4 and Tom shone out once again in the Half Mile, where weight and size were on his side and while he won the day, overall, on a championship basis, he finished in second place just a handful of points behind the eventual winner. Great effort though and we are pretty proud of him. In the end this was a memorable trip, made even sweeter with Tom’s younger brother Sam joining the team. At only 8 years of age, Sam finished 4th overall, competing in the 85cc Modified class for 7-11 year olds, on a bike, restricted in Australia to those over 9 years. Looks like another little champ on the march. What’s next for Team Drane? It is time for a week or so of R and R. Then straight back into the swing of racing, training and travelling to get ready for the Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships, which will be held on the Central Coast. This will be followed by the remaining rounds (4,5,6) of the OJC. Team Drane is doing us proud and to stay up to date with the results, be sure to follow on Toms Facebook page Tomdraneracing59 or through the CSS Facebook page.