By Trevor Jackson
IT was a three-peat of Master of Mac Park victories for Arthur Sissis on Sunday and a new lap record to boot.
That was all despite the weather over the weekend, which did not play its part on Sunday for the feature race at McNamara Park.
The weekend was set down to include Round 3 of the SA State Championships and all was going to plan on Saturday.
Big fields graced the circuit but the rain arrived on Sunday to provide difficult conditions for riders and spectators.
The feature race of the weekend was set for a tightly-contested event until the rain tumbled down and made for treacherous conditions.
As expected, reigning Master of Mac Park Arthur Sissis was up towards the pointy end on his 1000cc Yamaha, but it was Furner racer Dallas Skeer who had set the fastest time on Saturday on his 600cc Suzuki to claim pole position.
Sissis had to settle for second place on the grid, ahead of young gun Declan Carberry, also on a 600cc Suzuki.
As it panned out Skeer experienced rear brake problems, which manifested on the grid.
He was unable to hold the bike back and almost jumped the start, but pulled the clutch in and missed the start by several bike lengths.
That put him on the back foot, while later in the race Carberry took the challenge right up to Sissis.
At one stage Carberry led the race but the experience of Sissis shone through in the end as he claimed Master of Mac Park honours.
Sissis also lowered his previous lap record during Saturday’s racing to 1-minute 08.634 seconds.
In other feature races, Grant Howarth and Samantha Gittus teamed up to claim the sidecar honours from Adrian Van Utert and Mark Holloway.
The Historics feature event went to Any Pitman aboard a 350cc Yamaha, a clear 14 seconds from his nearest rival, with a fast lap time of 1:22.201.
Mike Engberg came home second on a 400cc Yamaha from David Ellis on a 400cc Honda.
A Lightweight Master of Mac Park event showcased some of the smaller machinery, with a competitive race unfolding.
Sam Pezzetta on a 300cc Yamaha made the most of the weather and claimed the win, some eight seconds ahead of Cooper Rowntree on the same type of machinery.
Gordon Hensley was three seconds further adrift on a 300cc Kawasaki.