The Melbourne based team made the trip north with their newly prepped Honda CBR 1000RR race bikes for the final round of the championship. The team missed the opening round of the Championship and were only using the weekend for testing and setting up the new bikes for the 2012 season.
Friday practice had the team working overtime with finding the right balance of stability, grip and tyre durability for the six races over the next two days. Eastern Creek is a very undulating track with a fast 220 km turn 1 and a slow off camber turn two at only 40km and the perfect setup is almost impossible, so a fine balance has to be made. The team had been competing on Yamaha’s throughout the year and made the swap to Honda at Wakefield park for round 5, where Chas took his first win of the series and was only 3 tenths off the outright lap record.
At Eastern Creek on Sunday, the Pope Building Services/Pirelli shod Honda was on fire with Chas taking 2nd on the grid in qualifying and going on to finish 2nd in race 1 with a fastest lap of 1:34.6, 1st in race 2 on a wet track with a lap time of 1:45.3 and 3rd in race 3 with a fastest lap of 1:34.7.
The team finished first overall for the final round with 67 points, ahead of Trent Gibson [Suzuki GSXR 1000] on 55 points and Ben Attard [Aprilia RSV4 1000] 50 points
The team will now head to Phillip Island next week for the Australian Pro-Stock Championship final round.
A big thanks to the sponsors High Octane Motorcycles, Underground Designs, Pope Building Services, Panel Body Line Works, SW performance suspension, Pirelli tyres, Five Gloves, Shell Oil, Adrenalin performance bikes, ADA Powder coating and BluGreen Multimedia