Siblings in the fast lane
IT was every man for themselves when siblings Phillip and Stephanie Redman took to Morgan Park's motorbike circuit at the weekend.
The competitive twosome went tyre-to-tyre in round two of the Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland event and while younger brother Phillip took out the honours of first place, Stephanie had good grounds for her fourth place.
“I didn't qualify (the day before) so I started at the rear of grid,” she said.
The pair has been riding for five years, with 17-year-old Phillip taking up after his older sister tried the sport.
Since then, the Gold-Coast based pair have travelled and raced throughout Queensland.
“The Queensland Raceway (in Ipswich) is the closest to home but it's great out here in Warwick, the facilities are good,” Phillip said.
“It's a good track layout, the facilities are good and it's good for spectators too.”
The siblings laughed about the rivalry between them and said it was just a bit of “healthy competition”.
“But really we're pretty good with it,” said Stephanie.
“If one of us is up there and doing well in a race, we don't hold it against each other. It just makes us race harder!”
Reaching speeds in excess of 190 km/hr, the pair has had enough injuries between them to keep their mother's heart-rate up.
“Here we'd be clocking 180-190 km/hr, but at the track in Sydney you'd do 210-220 km/hr fairly easily,” Stephanie said.
“I've had a fair few crashes but it's just part of the sport. I've broken fingers, knuckles and feet and had ligament damage, muscle damage.”
“Mum doesn't like to come much anymore!” Phillip added.
But do the speeds worry the young riders?
“Not really – you just don't really think about it,” Phillip said.
“It's a closed circuit here and so you don't see anything else other than the track and other bikes.
“If it was on the road you'd have trees and lights coming towards you – that's when you realise how fast you're going.”
Another cluster of family members – brothers Ryan and Brad Holmes and father Rob Holmes – were also facing one-another on the track. Brad Holmes, who was the last of the three to pick up the sport, was feeling tender after a fall on Saturday.
“I came off the bike as it was turning, at about 80 km/hr,” he said.
“There were problems with the brakes and I came off over the handlebars. I'm fine though, but I took a bit off from the sleeves (of my protective gear).”
Father Rob Holmes was philosophical though and said it was the love of the sport that kept them coming back for more.
“It's just a bit of fun. At the end of the day, if you come home all in one piece then you're doing well.”
This weekend at Morgan Park Raceway will be round two of the CAMS state championship race meeting.