The 2023 South Australian Reliability Trials Championship (SART) will once again give riders 6 great events of varying length, terrain and riding conditions, with 3 rounds to be held each side of, arguably, South Australia’s most famous motorcycle event, The 24 Hour Trial, with 2023 being the 99th Anniversary of this iconic event.
As has become traditional in recent years, the Championship will be opened by the Gawler Club, running their Philip Haydon Reliability Trial out of Marrabel in 2023, which will then be followed by the Keyneton MCC’s Mike Connors event, once again running out of the Keyneton Oval, with both of these events to be around 6 hours in duration, with round 1 to be a day/night event and round 2 to be an all daylight event.
Round 3 will see the annual trek to the mid north town of Robertstown, for the Lew Job 2 Day, being run by the Velocette MCC. With 6 hours each day, Saturday being day/night and Sunday daylight only, this event also features a couple of highlights for most riders – the annual blast up Springhut Creek, and, the after ride mutton & gravy rolls served at Robertstown Oval (seriously worth the drive to ‘Robbie’ on their own)!
The Championship will then take a break while everyone gears up for the ‘24’, starting from the Eudunda Oval in 2023, with this iconic event the highlight of the year, and not only for the
riders, as many of the affiliated clubs will man the control points around the course, making for a great social weekend for these clubs.
The Hardi 2023 24 Hour Trial Committee Chairman, Shane Diener shared his thoughts on the 2023 event, and the run into the 100th Anniversary in 2024, “The last two Hardi 24 Hour Trial events have both been extremely successful and enjoyable, with great tracks, atmosphere and controls throughout the course.
With the added emphasis of leading into the 100th Year Anniversary of the Hardi 24 Hour Trial in 2024, this is the ideal opportunity to practice for what will be, the historic 2024 Hardi 24 Hour Trial.”
After everyone recovers from the 24 Hour, the scrub and sand of the Mallala district awaits, as the SART Championship will then kick back into gear with the day/night Gil Harris Trial, run by the centurion club, the Levis MCC, before heading to Palmer and Clare of the season ending daylight events run by the SAPMAC & Clare MCC’s – with all 3 of these events likely to be around 6 hours in duration.
So, there it is – a 6 round Championship, made up of;
- 3 x all daylight events of approximately 6 hours in duration
- 2 x day/night events of approximately 6 hours in duration
- 1 x day/night event of events of approximately 12 hours in duration over 2 days Kye Haydon (Above)
Added right in the middle – SA’s most iconic event, the 24 Hour Trial of approximately 4 laps of 200km, – and right smack, bang in the middle of winter – what more could you ask for?
Photo Credit Don Macaulay
Shane Schiller & Steve Doecke – Crash & Stiff (Below)
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2023 SART Championship
Round 1. May 6 @ Marrabel (Gawler), The Phillip Haydon Reliability Trial
Round 2. May 27 @ Keyneton (Keyneton), The Mike Connors Reliability Trial
Round 3. June 10/11 @ Robertstown (Velocette), The Lew Job 2 Day Reliability Trial
Round 4. August 12 @ Mallala (Levis), The Gil Harris Reliability Trial
Round 5. September 2 @ Palmer (SAPMAC), The River Murray Reliability Trial
Round 6. September 23 @ Clare (Clare), The Beryl Pearce Reliability Trial
July 7-9 @ Eudunda (24 Hour Comm), The (99th Anniversary) Hardi 24 Hour Trial
Riley Graham (Above)