KTM KING OF NEPEAN
Luke Richards is KTM King of Nepean 2013
A record crowd of nearly 5,000 spectators packed the Nepean Raceway yesterday to witness 2012 champion Luke Richards, from Singleton in the Hunter Valley, take out successive KTM King of Nepean titles.
In some of the closest racing ever seen on the circuit Richards defended his title against an onslaught of the best Australian dirt track talent and a host of International and Australian road racing stars, including Troy Bayliss, Gary McCoy, Shawn Giles and Chris Vermeulen. As the heats and semi-finals progressed only Vermeulen amassed enough points to make the King of Nepean final.
But as the flag dropped it was Luke Richards who led the race from Marty McNamara and 2010 winner Paul Caslick. However McNamara was penalized 5 seconds for jumping the start leaving the final three places to Richards, Caslick and Ian Hamilton who was promoted into third place.
In a dominant display Richards also won the Pro 250 final and the All Stars final. Brody Nowlan was unbeaten in all rounds of the Pro 450 final
The Prince of Nepean Junior final was won by Thomas Duggan from Cowra. In the mini ranks Mackenzie Childs won the 85cc class and Caleb Porter the 65cc, all riding KTMs.
The Unlimited Sidecar final saw Queanbeyan brothers and Multi-Australian champions Corey and Tom Banks take the flag.
The King of Nepean race pace was hectic and very competitive with a high attrition rate that saw the ambulance having to disrupt proceedings on a number of occasions.
The hugely successful meeting and record attendance set a new benchmark for dirt track racing in Australia and was certainly the biggest meeting held at the Nepean venue in it’s 57 year history.