XHYPE Spring Nationals at Melbourne Raceway, 13-14 April 2024

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XHYPE played host at the 2024 Spring Nationals put on by Straigtliners on Satuday 13th and Sunday 14th Aptil 2024. This followed round 1 which took place at Santa Pod the previous week. After a wet Saturday with little racing action we were back in full force on the Sunday.

Saturday 13th April Results


Sunday 14th April Results


With a good couple of first runs for Peter Slater in the low sixes it was on the cards that he would be next to join the 5 second club on his newly painted Turbo Hayabusa. Peter’s first 5 was a 5.74secs, just shy of Kevin Melling’s 5.70sec two wheel record but then came the run that put that record to bed with a brilliant 5.63sec run Peter finishing the weekend with a whole string of 5sec runs.

Peter made it through to the final of NO MERCY SHOOTOUT courtesy of a breakout from Gilbert Cook to line up against Ashley Hodgson who came through on a bye. Both read the lights to perfection but Ashley just crossed the line first on his BMW 1000R for the first of his two victories.

In the 6 SECOND class it was  an on form Maxine Taylor in top spot with a perfect 6.00sec run. In the semi finals Ian Wicks beat Chris Hodgson to make the final with Ashley Hodgson beating Maxine by virtue of a quicker start. Come the final and both Ian and Ashley cut perfect greens but Ian veered over the centre line so was instantly eliminated, it being very close at the finish line so Ashley made it a pair of wins.

SCOOTER NO MERCY SHOOTOUT saw Eric Cope beat Stuart McVicker in the first semi and Paul Gurney beating Amy Wolstenholme to make the final. It was tight heading towards the finish line with Eric just pushing too hard and breaking out leaving Paul Gurney to take his second win of the season.

JUNIORS first of the semi’s saw the best buddies Alfie Barraclough and Jack Taylor line up with a nailbiting close run seeing Jack edge the win to line up against Jorja Cleall who’d come through on a bye. Both were as keen as ever to take the win but sadly Jorja went under her dial in and broke out with Jack taking the win just 3/100ths inside his dial in.

In JUNIOR SPRINT CAR Toby Jackson beat Jack Taylor who was left snoozing on the green losing even though he ran a perfect time, Toby had crossed the stripe first.

Young Bradley Brook on his first weekend of racing was against Jude Elliott but he red lit giving Bradley to run against Toby in the final. Bradley made a great start but Toby was a little too keen pulling a red light handing Bradley his first win.

NSCC first semi saw the Saturday winner, Ian Walley, against the only man likely to beat him, Phil Winstanley, but Phil’s had a definite popping in the exhaust on the line the engine not sounding it’s best as Ian trounced him to make the final. Mark Savage joined him beating Craig Brown so it was that Ian once again won.

Mark Flavell in the newly bodied Mustang alcohol funny car ran a couple of 5sec runs his best 5.09sec was just shy of his best ever 5.06sec but he did his best ever speed of 160mph, a great effort considering this was the first meeting of the year and the track is still a bit on the slick side.



We saw two XHYPE Heros competing, Jack Spiderman Taylor and Wayne Gil.


Photos: Tog / John Brearby

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