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Oliver Bayliss takes maiden road racing podium

Daniel Herrero

Monday 20th March, 2017 - 10:07am

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Oliver Bayliss

Oliver Bayliss has claimed his first ever podiums in Round 2 of the Australian Supersport 300 Championship at Wakefield Park Raceway.

The 13-year-old son of three-time World Superbikes champion Troy Bayliss finished round runner-up in the Up To 300 class by virtue of race results of two second placings and a third.

The meeting marked just Bayliss’ third at national level and fourth in road racing, having made one-off starts last year in both the GP Juniors Australia meeting at Morgan Park and ASBK meeting at Winton.

Rain fell at the Goulburn venue during Sunday afternoon’s Race 3, and while Bayliss was caught out by the conditions he still left the meeting satisfied with his efforts.

“In the first race on Saturday I struggled a bit with the set-up, but on Sunday morning I was second and pretty happy with that,” he explained.

“In the third race I was going good and it started raining. About six people went down and I happened to be one of them.

“Anyway, I still got second in the race because they stopped it and second overall, so I’m really happy. It feels good to be on the podium and big thanks to Cube Racing.”

Cube Racing team owner Ben Henry, who also fielded 16-year-old Tom Toparis for the local’s maiden Australian Supersport race and round wins, was proud of Bayliss’ performance.

“He’s only 13 though and he is gaining so much experience every time out, so it’s a matter of putting it all together,” said Henry.

“There is no doubt that he has the ability to go on and win races, so it’s just great for the team to be a part of. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

Round 3 will be held at Winton from April 28-30.

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