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ASBK Phillip Island Superbike Championship Sunday Afternoon Race Sessions 20/07/14 2014 Aus Superbike Championship Glenn Allerton. Photos: Andrew Gosling.
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ASBK Phillip Island Superbike Championship Saturday 19/07/14 2014 Aus Superbike Championship Glenn Allerton. Photos: Andrew Gosling.

WILTON’S Glenn Allerton capitalised on his home-ground advantage to take second place in the final round of the 2014 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship series at Sydney Motorsport Park at the weekend.

Allerton claimed third, second and fourth place in his three races to get 60 points and a second place finish in the round results.

He mustered 314 points over the series to take fourth place in the overall championship standings.

The Wilton racer has experienced some good moments on the track this year, including winning his third Australian Superbike Championship, in July, at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria.

“The championship was very fast this year,” he said.

“I had done a lot of training and practise so I fully expected to win, but there is always the unknown of motorsport.”

The former Camden High School student won the event in 2008 for Honda and 2011 for BMW.

Allerton told the Advertiser he could hardly believe he had notched up his third Australian Superbike Championship win.

“When I was a kid in school it was my dream to be a champion at bike racing,” he said.

“It was something I thought about all the time and to be living my childhood dream feels great.”

He started racing dirt bikes in 1988 and his passion for motorsport grew. He continued to race until he broke his leg.

“I broke my leg in a big crash in Adelaide which set me back,” he said.

“I always liked watching Mick Doohan on television, so I decided to give road racing a go after my leg healed.”

Allerton feels he made the right call when he took up racing road bikes in 2001.

“At the time the broken leg was a bad thing,” he said.

“But now I look at it as a blessing because I then went on a path which led me to become three time Australian Superbike champion.”

He has set his sights on racing on the international stage, including taking part in future World Superbike Championships.

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