Yamaha continued to flex its racing muscle with a dominant display at round four of the Puma RV Australian Formula Xtreme Championship held at Goulburn’s Wakefield Park over the weekend.
The team of Rick Olson, Kevin Curtain and Pat Medcalf formed a Yamaha freight train at the front of their respective classes taking a 1-2 finish in the FX 600 and FX 1000 championship classes.
The FX National series, Saturday’s events at Wakefield Park, saw YRT duplicate these results with a 1-2 finish for the day in both classes and kick-started what was an outstanding weekend for the Yamaha team.
Olson has been the big improver in the 2010 season and many pit pundits said it was only a matter of time before he started winning races and developing into a complete racer.
The Wakefield Park round proved that prediction right as Olson took out the FX600 category on the back of 1-2-1 race scores in the three points-paying races.
Olson staged a weekend long dual with teammate and rival Curtain but it was a last corner, last lap pass in the final race that sealed the deal for Olson to take the round and with it move into the championship lead with one round remaining.
“It’s nice to finally get a round win and win races straight up,” Olson said. “I have been knocking on the door for a few rounds now, but to finally get the job done is rewarding for the effort the team and myself put in.
“There are only a few points between myself and Kevin in the championship standings, so it all comes down to the last round at Eastern Creek and I look forward to the challenge of racing Kevin again.”
Curtain may have been pipped at the post by his younger rival, but still had the kind of day most racers dream about.
The former World Supersport number two logged 2-1-2 finishes in the FX600 class to take second overall for the round, but he continued his dominance of the FX1000 division with an emphatic 1-1-1 display for a perfect 75 points and a commanding lead in the championship heading into the final round.
“I enjoyed racing with Rick today and it came down to a real fight in the final race,” Curtain said. “Both our tyres had gone off and I was getting hung up on some lapped riders, but to Rick’s credit he raced well and made a big move on the final corner to get the win.
“The 1000 class wasn’t as exciting, but it’s still nice to win races and I now have a 54 point break with one round to go so it would be nice to wrap it up in the first race at the final round.”
Medcalf made a welcome return to the podium after struggling with injury at the previous rounds. Medcalf piloted his Yamaha R1 to consistent 3-3-2 race finishes to take second place for the round making it a Yamaha 1-2 in the FX1000 category.
“After a few crashes at the previous rounds, I was keen to put it behind me and get onto racing the bike the way I should,” Medcalf said. “I felt much better on the track today and the bike was working great and that is reflected in the results.
“I still have a way to go, but I feel like I am back on track and heading in the right direction.”
YRT’s John Redding was also impressed with how his team performed at Wakefield Park and looks forward to a big final round performance from them at the Eastern Creek.
“It’s a goal of any race team to win every race you enter, but the reality is that it doesn’t happen often,” Redding said. “Today all three riders were in fine form and to win six from six is a team manager’s dream. The results really are a credit to them and the team of how they go about preparing themselves and the bikes.
“Rick has come on in leaps and bounds this year. Beating Kevin Curtain isn’t easy, yet he was able to do that today and take the next step in his career. Curtain continues to amaze us with his determination and race craft while Pat looks to be over his injuries and set for a big finish for the year.”
Rounding out the podium in the FX600 class was Yamaha rider Jesse Austin, while Honda rider Glenn Cullen took the final podium place in the FX1000 field.
The final round of the Australian Formula Extreme Championships takes place at Sydney’s Eastern Creek Raceway, where YRT will look to put the finishing touches on an outstanding 2010 road race season.