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Chas Hern Racing

Inter Club Series goes off with a bang

With the rules for 2009 changing, Gen was unable to cross enter in both 400cc class and pre modern [open to any pre 2000 model bike] so Chas decided he would ride her bike in the 400 class and Gen elected to run in Pre modern. Chas also had his Kirk McCarthy/ Chas Hern racing GSXR 600 and was ready to go.

In the Inter Club series, grids are progressive so you start from where you finish. As this was Chas's first Interclub in 2 years he started the first race on row five, lined up just behind Gen. As fields were full he had to make the first round races good so he would improve his grid positions for the next races.

Chas won the first Club race aboard his GSXR and finished second in the first 400cc race after starting from 16th.

In the second round he started from pole on the 600 and led from start to finish, improving on his lap times from the first round of the Australian Super-Bike Championship. On the 400 he started from second and led the field through turn 1. He was chased down and passed into Honda corner but never left the leaders rear wheel. Chas made the pass for the lead with 2 laps to go and tried to pull a gap but was unable. As the two front runners went through MG corner for the last time, Chas pushed the front a bit hard and was passed again. Both riders came together through turn 11 and with Chas on the outside, they stayed less than 1 foot apart through turn 12 but with a better drive off the turn, Chas lead to the finish line, winning by less than half a wheel.

In the final 600 race he again took the lead but a bad set up choice made the rear tyre go off and within 3 laps he had to surrender the lead and crossed the line in second.

Overall Chas finished first in the Club race, first in the 400 class and first in 600 Super-Sport.

"I was amazed how well the 400 went. I took Gen of the slicks this year and put on a pair off Continental road tyres. I was amazed how well these tyres stick to the track and also last. I had to push so hard in the 2nd 400 race and 4 times I lost the front but it was so controlled I was able to pick it up with my knee and keep going. It's amazing that a road tyre was able to beat a full field, nearly all on racing slicks."

"When I changed the shock in my 600 I made the mistake off fitting the wet shock. It had good drive for the first lap but the grip went away after 3 laps. It was fun sliding around everywhere, but it would have been good to finish with a win."

 

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