Australia’s quest to retain ownership of the coveted International Challenge teams’ trophy in the 22nd AMCN International Island Classic for historic bikes at Phillip Island next Australia Day long weekend (January 23-25) has been given a huge boost with Jed Metcher to line-up for Australia.
The 24-year-old young gun from Melbourne, who won the 2011 European 600 Superstock title, will compete in the International Challenge on a Suzuki Katana, with his teammates set to include former Australian superbike champions Steve Martin and Shawn Giles.
The International Challenge is the main event at the International Island Classic, with 10-rider teams from Australia, the United Kingdom, America and New Zealand battling it out across four races to determine the historic champion.
The annual event at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit is the biggest historic bike event in the southern hemisphere with tickets and trackside camping on sale from today at www.islandclassic.com.au (download booking form) or call the circuit on (03) 5952 2710.
Massively popular, the Island Classic is the largest historic motorcycle festival in the southern hemisphere. Last year, the Phillip Island pit was bursting at the seams as 340 ‘pilgrims’ took the reins of 490 motorcycles around the grand prix circuit, in classes ranging from pre-war to period 6 (up to 1990).
The 2015 Island Classic program will begin with qualifying Friday; with racing from 9:00am to 5:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The traditional Welcome Dinner moves to Friday night, with 650 expected to enjoy the entertainment, hosted by motorcycle veteran Will Hagon.
Tickets are now on sale with a discounted pre-purchase price at $70 for a three-day ticket or $45 for Sunday only. Children 15 and under are free. Pit Roof suite hospitality passes are also available for just $155 for three days in style.
Trackside camping is the most economical option for an Australia Day weekend getaway, with a three-day plot under the stars $70 for an adult (two nights $55 per adult) and children 15 and under free.
Check www.islandclassic.com.au for booking forms for tickets, camping and Club Classic Pit Roof hospitality or call the circuit on (03)5952 2710 for phone bookings.