Island Classic 2012 - International Challenge Report
In front of a crowd of 20,000 people on a perfect weekend on sunny Phillip Island, Beau Beaton and the Irving Vincent punched well above their weight in the four International Challenge races competing against the World’s best competition in the Class. On a motorcycle that was down on horsepower and straight line acceleration top speed the skill of Beau and the handling of the machine (thanks to Steve Mudford of Technical Partners), Beau’s best lap time was 1.39.412 which in comparison to Steve Martin’s new Lap Record of 1.38.666 set on Saturday 28th Jan was only 0.746 of a second slower.
The interesting thing with this is, that the Steve Martin Katana Suzuki “Rocketship” is a 1300cc, 4 cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder engine. The Irving Vincent is a 2 cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder, push rod engine. With the modern World superbike and Australian superbike regulations, a 2 cylinder engine can be 1200cc where a 4 cylinder engine is 1000cc. Unfortunately, with our class we are unable to have a capacity increase for a 2 cylinder. It also must be noted, that in that class that the Ducati runs a 4 valve per cylinder head, where we only have a 2 valve head. Isn’t that interesting???
McWilliams finished 4-3-3-1 across the four legs to complete the challenge on 149pts, just in front of the extremely impressive Beaton (3-4-4-2, 147pts), Phillis (5-6-5-3, 141pts), Martin (2-2-1-18, 137pts) and Campbell (6-7-6-5, 136pts).
I would like to thank Beau and all team involved on the weekend and also the team at KH Equipment for their efforts. At the race presentation Robbie Phillis (Mr. Superbike) said “Beau, you are horn, you were the best rider here this weekend, I wanted you to win!
For full results see www.computime.com.au