Luke Beechey Motorsports takes a new direction

Release today from Luke Beechey Motorsports:

We are happy to announce that as of January 2014 we will be trading as East Coast Powersports, we would like to thank everyone that has supported us as a growing business over the past 6 years and we look forward to sharing more exciting news and changes in the near future. www.ecpowersports.com.au

Van Vliet boys presented with Aussie Shirts

The Quad Riders Club of Victoria, which is a great family based Quad Club, have once again shown support for their members, getting behind Mitch and Harry Van Vliet and their racing expedition to China. The boys were presented with their Australian shirts at Round 3 of the QRCV Club MX Series down at Warnambool on the weekend.
Both Mitch and Harrison will be wearing these with pride when they head over to Beijing in a weeks time !!!


Polaris Racing NSW off-road racing round 2 report

Michael Roycroft narrowly misses out on win at Crookwell for round 2 of the NSW Off-Road series.

32 cars were competing for top spots at the Crookwell gravel pit challenge, including 4 highly competitive SXS. Polaris Racing Australia Car 698 of Michael and Mike Roycroft were riding high after their 2nd in class finish at the last round and they were there to prove a point.

5 heats over the 7.7km course would crown the outright winner and class winners. With the last heat a gruelling 10 lap 77km race which would prove the survival of the fittest. Car 698 was better prepared than the previous round with some hours of testing under its belt and some suspension tweaks, Michaels times would again improve over the weekend. Michael moved through the field all weekend from 12th outright after the prologue, to end up 5th outright and 2nd in class by the end of heat 3 and day 1.

Michaels lap times were edging closer to car 622 of Snake racing UTV over the weekend and after passing car 622 in heat 4 Michael was in the lead for class 6 and 3rd outright heading into the last heat. The 5th and final 10 lap race was going to be gruelling and tough on all machines, with the DNF rate rising due to the roughness of the course all Michael had to do was cruise home to win his first UTV race.

This was not meant to be as the car didnt want to start and would not crank over to make the start line in time. Resulting in a DNS for heat 5 and a result of 4th in class and 29th outright

Michael said after the race To be so close to the win and not make the start line is a bit annoying, but the car didnt miss a beat all weekend until then and to show what we can do as a team means we will have some wins this year and I am still hopeful of a few more podiums outright. We will pull the car apart and find out what is wrong and get it all sorted for the Finke Desert Race in a months time.

Michael would like to thank his sponsors

Polaris Australia, Grind Wood fired Pizzas, ARB Polaris Port Macquarie, Hardiman ATV, Fox Racing Shox, Tubby Signs, Fury Tyres, Chantall Photographix, Kettle Chips and Solo.

The teams next outing is at the Finke desert race for round 2 off the Australian Off-road series on the weekend of 8th to the 10th of June

Van Vliet brothers to race in China

After having brilliant success at the iconic Finke Desert Race, Mitchell who took out 1st place and younger brother Harrison who came in 3rd , have been invited to represent Australia and race in a Province of Beijing in July.

Both boys will be able to strut their stuff and show the rest of the International competitors how the Aussies perform on board a quad.

The FIM Sanctioned event they will be attending is the 2013 China International ATV Invitational Event that will take place at the Dongying Circuit on the 19th, 20th and 21st July 2013.

The boys are busy preparing and fine-tuning their training sessions to adapt to the expected humidity they will be racing in.

Harrison commented, I am absolutely stoked to be asked to attend this event. Coming third in Finke has opened up a great opportunity for me and I cant wait to get over to China and ride hard

The brothers fly out on the 16th July 2013 with all their gear in tow however they will be riding quads provided to them in China. The brothers will be racing against an amazing field including the Europeans so it will be up to the brothers to step up and perform the best, showing their skill and agility.

This is such an amazing break and I am so grateful for this chance. Im really going to make the most of this opportunity and do the best I can in representing Australia. Stated Mitch.

Over the last 2 years we have had some amazing support which has really helped us achieve our goals and this is the icing on the cake. All the hard work is paying off and we hope to repay them all by bringing home 1st and 2nd place.

Polaris Racing NSW off-road racing report.

Michael Roycroft and Phil Swindale podium at Dondingalong for round 1 of the NSW off-road series.

37 cars were competing for top spots at Dondingalong over the past weekend, this included 7 highly competitive SXS all racing for a class win and outright honours. Polaris Racing Australia Car 698 of Michael and Mike Roycroft, car 619 of Phil Swindale and Mat Costello and car 620 of Mani Kafantaris and Lachlan Smith were all flying the flag in their well prepared machines.

5 heats over the 2.2km course would crown the outright winner and class winners. With all cars competing against each other there would be battles left, right and centre like 6.0L V8s versus 875cc Polaris RZR XPs.

All 3 of the Polaris Australia XP 900s performed flawlessly all weekend and the times proved these class 6 machines can mix it with 6 figure specialty off-road cars.

Car 698 of Michael Roycroft moved through the field all weekend from 7thafter heat 1 to end up 4th outright by the end of the weekend, and just missed out on a 3rd outright by 2 seconds. All weekend Michael was never challenged for 2nd position in his class and took the podium spot ahead of team mate car 619 of Phil Swindale who struggled with setup early in the heats to come back strong and take 7th outright and 3rd in class 6.

Car 620 Mani Kafantaris was running strong all weekend and looked to have a top 10 outright finish but struggled in heat 5 with a piece of dirt in his eye to drop back to 13th outright by the end of the weekend and 6th in class.

All the team members were impressed with their cars and the off road racing scene with both Mani and Michael competing in their first ever off-road race.

Michael said after the race To finish only 2 min off a V8 pro buggy and 1 min off 2nd place outright is an awesome achievement especially in my first ever off road race. It also shows the capability of the Polaris RZR XP 900 and the stock drive train and engine we run. It ran flawlessly all day and with a little more seat time I expect the team to be hunting down some wins this year.

You can see some footage at the following link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=k38BTqQF-OA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=X4KijlK0Zw4

Michael and Mani would like thank there sponsors

Polaris Australia, Grind Wood fired Pizzas, ARB Polaris Port Macquarie, Hardiman ATV, Fox Racing Shox, Tubby Signs, Fury Tyres, Kettle Chips and Solo.

Phil would like to thank his sponsors

Polaris Australia, ARB Polaris Tamworth, Alba Racing, Holtz Racing and Racer tech.

The teams next outing is at Crookwell for round 2 on the weekend of 20th and 21st of April.