The only series with the overall competition sealed was the Cat One Masters, but this didn’t mean that there wasn’t anything left to race for. Prochem’s series leader Tim Decker switched roles, focusing on supporting his teammates who had put so much on the line throughout the rest of the series. The sprint classification, along with final stage podium were the key pieces of glassware on the agenda.
With so many experienced heads in the race, it was going to be hard to pick a winner. Keystone Cycling’s Phil Dixon, who won the 2017 round at Saint Clair was a good pick. Dixon posseses a quick finish and a love of technical courses, so it would be a safe assumption that he would be a strong position to again take the win. Another favourite was Lightsview’s Cameron Spears, who had scored points in each round, and despite three podiums, was yet to take a win. However, it would be Graeme Moffett of Team Prochem who would take the victory in a well-timed sprint after being ably assisted by series leader Decker. Spears would once again be on the podium, just one step lower than he would have liked and Dixon would have to settle for third in 2018.
The overall classification may have been sewn up, but the sprint class had come down to a two-way battle between Lightsview’s Matt Dorian and Prochem’s Shane Johnson. Johnson had taken a two-point lead after round 4, and the pair traded points in Round 7 to maintain the two-point buffer. The status quo would remain after round 8 with both scoring 4 points to end up well clear of third-placed Dixon. Between Dorian and Johnson, they had taken 40 of the 60 points on offer in the competition.
In the Master’s 050, ADX Depot’s Jason Tattersall took the win over Prochem’s Wayne McCarney after McCarney crashed hard at Murray Bridge, putting him off the bike for the final round.
The final of the team’s classification saw team Lightsview take the second spot with Prochem finishing on top of the table with a 22-point buffer. Keystone Cycling finished third, after a tight battle with Cat 1 newcomers ADX Depot.
In the overall, Decker has managed to maintain his ownership of the leader’s jersey, holding it for every round in the last two years (17 rounds in a row!). The 2nd and 3rd positions on the podium mirrored the stage results, with Lightsview’s Spears in second and Keystone’s Dixon in third. Dixon may have been in a position to challenge the overall, but had missed out on scoring points in the opening two rounds.