Queensland Raceway was the venue for the opening round of the 2014 AirRoad Australian Superbike Championship and it was BMW S1000RR rider Glenn Allerton who tasted the victory champagne. The NextGen Motorsports rider had been dominant throughout practice and qualifying at Queensland Raceway, topping both Superbike qualifying sessions before setting the fastest Superpole time too. He then went on to win both races in the EVO Unlimited class, ahead of Kawasaki riders Phil Lovett and Matthew Harding.
“I was really happy with pole,” said Allerton. “This is a track I enjoy and I really like coming here. It was good to ‘do the double’ in the EVO class and I had a lot of fun out there but my main focus is on Sunday’s longer races, which promise to be very exciting with a good bunch of young riders coming through and showing their strengths.”
The main on-track action on Sunday, April 6 at the Queensland Raceway included Races 1 and 2 in the Australian Superbike classes and it was Glenn Allerton who won the opening round after taking victory in Race 1, ahead of Mike Jones and Mathew Harding. But with a late thunderstorm drenching the circuit, the final Superbike race was abandoned due to the extreme weather conditions. Allerton also took a clean sweep of the EVO Unlimited class.
While disappointed that the final Superbike race was canceled, Allerton said he had enjoyed the weekend immensely overall. “It was disappointing that we couldn’t run the final Superbike race but there was just too much water on the track,” he explained. “I had really good weekend and we made a lot of gains. I am sure the spectators enjoyed it, as there was some great racing across all the classes. Now we need to keep the ball rolling as we prepare for Darwin. I am really looking forward to that event especially as we will race alongside V8 Supercars.”
The next event sees the Australian Superbike Championship head to Darwin’s Hidden Valley on June 21-22, where Allerton will be looking to build on his lead at the top of the Superbike and EVO Unlimited Championship Standings.