On Wednesday October 28 Supervets raced for the Don Sutherland Trophy over three laps of the Paraparap circuit under warm and humid conditions. Kent Fuller and Brian Long made the pace from the start. They had a 20 minute break on scratch. The field consisted of eight bunches of two riders with two or three minute gaps to their nearest rivals. The eight minute pair of John Bell and Ray Clifford showed early that they had the ability to set the race speed and worked their way through the front markers. Ray Hodgson showed some early form and stayed close to the leaders even into the last lap. However, standout rides from Laurie Fitzsimons, Tina Stenos, Peter McWaters and Terry Collie drew the back-markers into the race and to feature in the finish. Ray Clifford hung on to win from John Bell and Peter McWaters.
Results: 1. R Clifford, 2. J Bell, 3. P McWaters, 4. D Pike, 5. P Ladd, 6. T Collie, 7. T Stenos, 8. L Fitzsimons.
Fastest time: D Pike – 1.02.22. Winner’s time: 1.10.22.
Next week’s race will be held on TUESDAY November 3 (Melbourne Cup Day) and will take the form of an open race to all veterans. Early registration will be preferable.