News 24 Jul 2023

Dunker and Plaisted take overall wins at Ipswich MiniGP

2023 season continues with round three at Queensland venue.

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The third round of the 2023 FIM MiniGP Australia Series took place in Ipswich, with Cameron Dunker and Judd Plaisted securing the overall wins in the MiniGP 190cc and MiniGP 160cc classes respectively.

MiniGP 190cc championship leader Dunker secured two race wins in Queensland from pole position, finishing ahead of Harrison Watts (2-4) to take the round victory.

A pair of third places secured Bodie Paige third overall at Ipswich, as Hudson Thompson (4-5) and Joshua Newman (5-6) completed the top five. Notably, Levi Russo suffered a DNF in the first race but rebounded to finish P2 in race two, just 0.479s back from Dunker at the conclusion of the 18-lap bout.

Three rounds in and Dunker holds a 21-point lead ahead of Watts, with Newman third in the standings and 54 points from the lead.

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Queensland-based racer Hunter Corney qualified on pole in the MiniGP 160cc category and converted that to victory in race one, with Plaisted and Paige completing the bout second and third respectively.

Victory in race two secured Plaisted the overall, with race one winner Corney P2 on the day after a third-place finish in the final encounter. Completing the overall podium was championship leader Rikki Henry, rebounding from a fourth-place finish in race one to take the chequered flag P2 in the second outing.

Fourth overall in the MiniGP 160cc category was Jake Paige, who notably was docked one position to P4 in the second race due to a yellow flag infringement. Jackson Macdonald completed the top five with 7-5 finishes.

Three rounds in, Henry leads the championship standings by eight points ahead of Paige, with Corney third and a further four points back.

Of the support classes competing at round three, European Moto2 Championship contender Harrison Voight swept the Ohvale GP-2 class, as Matt Watkins emerged on top in Veterans.

Detailed results