Jeremy McWilliams will start from pole position for the International Challenge at Phillip Island.
The AMCN International Island Classic is Australia’s largest historic motorcycle race and is in its 22nd consecutive year. The event features the Tahbilk International Challenge which is contested between Australia, the UK, New Zealand and the USA. There is alson a points score challenge for the perpetual Phil Irving trophy and Ken Wootton memorial trophy.
Australia won the team trophy last year after beating the UK comfortably with a 75 point advantage. McWilliams has secured pole position for the race this year for the UK, starting alongside Australia’s Cameron Donald and Brendan Roberts. Donald set the fastest time in the first qualifying session but later came off his bike, leaving it irreparable ahead of the second qualifying session. His earlier time, however, was enough to keep him on the front row.
It is an all Australian second row featuring Steve Martin, Jed Metcher, and Shawn Giles with Glen Richards the next UK entry, leading the third row. He will start alongside Australian Paul Young with UK entrant Ryan Farquhar in ninth and Conor Cummins tenth. The leading New Zealand rider is Damien Kavney who will start in 17th. Rob Mesa is the first US rider, lining up in 20th.