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NG Road Racing  2019

 
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DOMINANT DAY WARMS UP CHILLY SNETTERTON
 
The second meeting of North Glos’ 2019 season took place over the weekend of the 13th and 14th April at a wintry Snetterton in Norfolk using the ‘200’ layout. A rampant Josh Day was in imperious form on his Yamaha R1 taking both pole positions and all six possible race wins in the Phoenix Open and Bluebell Lakes Powerbikes with Dave Sellers, Chris Pope, Rob Hodson, Dave MacKay, Josh Wood and Chris Green all joining Day on the podium over the weekend. The ACU 250GP National Championship saw honours split between Jim Hind who was victorious on Saturday afternoon and in Sunday morning’s sprint race with former champion Andrew Sawford getting the win on Sunday afternoon after on-the-road winner Asher Durham was thrown out for a noise infringement with his Mahindra Moto 3 machine. In the concurrent 125GP races defending champion Gavin Mills was back in the field to defeat 3x 250GP champion Phil Atkinson on Saturday and Sunday afternoon with Atkinson returning the favour on Sunday morning. The IMS 600s had a combative trio of races with the Yamaha R6 of Phil Wakefield defeating Owen Hunt’s Honda on the run to the line by a narrow 0.05 seconds in race 1 whilst in race 2 Ross Walker streaked to the win on another R6 as falls and bike problems accounted for Wakefield, Hunt and 2x NG 600 champion Max Symonds then in race 3 charging rides from Owen Hunt who had started on the fifth row stealing the win from Ross Walker on the last lap and also from Max Symonds who sealed third place having started on the back row of the grid on his Kawasaki ZX-6R. Dave Sellers dominated the 100% Suspension Sound of Thunder races taking all three wins aboard his Ducati Panigale 959 from True Heroes Racing team mate Dave MacKay who spent all weekend squabbling with Ben Broadway deciding who would follow Sellers over the line. Newcomer Olli Warren took two wins in the Racebuykz.com Mini Twins before a final lap clash with Dan Harris on Sunday afternoon allowed EDP Open 500 winner Bradley Richman to take the chequered flag on his last planned ride aboard his Kawasaki ZXR400 before moving up to the 600s, Charlie Crawt taking the Mini Twin spoils. The Motul FPR Suzuki Bandit Challenge battle between Harley Prebble and James McHardy looked set to carry on where they had left off at Brands Hatch but seemingly a narrow straight line speed advantage for Prebble carried him to all four race wins no matter how hard McHardy tried! Wiltshire rider Chris Oliver took wins in the Newcomers race and also three wins in the 1300 Streetstocks on his ‘The Garage Trowbridge’ Yamaha R1 earning him the Wiz Performance of the meeting award. Pete Founds and Jevan Walmsley took both wins in the visiting FRSA British F2 Sidecar Championship in a field which included multiple Isle of Man TT winner Dave Molyneux and the sidecars will also be present at the next NG meeting at Donington Park over the weekend of the 11th and 12th May. Words Steve EDP
 

Battling Bandits brighten up blustery Brands Hatch

North Glos Road Racing Club’s 2019 season kicked off amid changeable conditions on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit after a ‘Beast from the East’ enforced absence in 2018. Defending champion James McHardy and Harley Prebble went into battle hammer and tongs all weekend in the Motul FPR Suzuki Bandit Challenge with each taking two wins and two second places apiece, the pair never being separated by more than 0.7 seconds on the line. Phoenix Open and Bluebell Lakes Powerbikes pacesetter Josh Day took five wins out of a possible six aboard his new Yamaha R1, Chris Pope sealing the Powerbike win in the wet on Sunday afternoon. Fastest lap of the weekend went to Suzuki GSXR1000 rider Jonathan Railton chasing Day on Sunday morning in the Phoenix Open lapping a mere 0.25 seconds outside the outright NG lap record in 47.549 seconds despite less than perfect track conditions. Bruce Dunn took his first ever Dunlop ACU 250GP win on Saturday afternoon with former 125GP champion Jim Hind grabbing the spoils in both of Sunday’s encounters with a dominant display. 2018 250GP champion Phil Atkinson was out on a Honda RS125 and took the win on Saturday followed up by a second and a third on Sunday behind Paul Fyson and Sam Llewellyn respectively. The tricky conditions clearly suited Yamaha R6 rider Simon Bastable despite fighting the effects of a broken ankle sustained at the opening meeting of the 2018 season at Anglesey taking two wins in the IMS 600s on Sunday as well as all three Streetstock 700 wins with the third by the slender margin of 0.003 seconds over the fellow R6 mounted David Irons, his efforts earning him the Wiz ‘Performance of the meeting’ award. Stroud based brothers James and Luke Welch had a fruitful weekend with James taking pole and the win on Saturday in the IMS 600s whist Luke was victorious in the Protect My Income Newcomers which rounded off Saturday’s action. The Racebuykz Mini Twins saw a weekend of frenetic action as newcomer Oli Warren set the fastest time in qualifying before running wide at Graham Hill Bend on the opening lap falling behind the squabbling pair of Dan Harris and William Holland who passed the chequered flag separated by 0.158 seconds with the battle rejoined on Sunday morning as the pair crossed the line side by side, Harris again getting the nod by a scant 0.03 seconds. Oli Warren made amends for Saturday’s error by taking second place in the third race behind Holland in another tight finish separated by just 0.106 seconds after another tough duel. A small but select field of Sidecars took to the track with Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney taking two wins with brothers Sam and Adam Christie sealing the other on Sunday afternoon. The NG family now heads off to Norfolk with the second meeting of the season taking place over the weekend of the 13th and 14th April at Snetterton. Words : Steve EDP
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NG’s champions crowned in Cheshire
 
The NG masses headed to the leafy Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire for their final meeting of 2018 on the 6th October where double points were on offer for the championship contenders. After a damp but drying track greeted the riders during practice and qualifying conditions were dry when racing started. First to go were the Phoenix Open competitors and 2018 champion Josh Day charged away from the field on his venerable R6 Yamaha, his Kawasaki ZX-10 now sold, from the visiting John Dean’s BMW with Allister Haynes taking the third step on the podium whilst a 6th place finish for Chris Pope was enough to wrap up 2nd in the championship. Preston’s Sean Montgomery sealed the 600cc title with a measured 5th place behind a fierce fight for honours between Joe Sheldon-Shaw and Josh Day, the former coming out on top. The 600cc race also saw a welcome return from injury for Max Symonds with a creditable 4th place finish. Former 600cc champion Ricky Elder took the Powerbike win on his R1 over Gary Stevens and Allister Haynes in slippery conditions after a sharp mid-afternoon shower dampened the circuit. After his 4 wins at Castle Combe two podium placings were enough for Suzuki Bandit ‘Showdown’ leader James McHardy to seal the crown with Harley Prebble and Peter Bardell victorious on the day. 2018 champion Phil Atkinson returned to the Dymag ACU 250GP fold for another race win after a close 5 way fight over Thomas Lawlor, Chris Moore, Jamie O’Brien and James Hind, the latter two unfortunately posting a DNF. The closest finish came in the final race of the day for the Mini Twins as Christopher Sinnanan and Paul Wardell crossed the line side by side with Sinnanan taking it by the smallest of margins, 0.001 seconds! With that the sun set on the day and indeed the 2018 season with this year’s award winners gathering in Hatherley Manor, Gloucestershire on 10th November to collect their silverware. Words Steve EDP.

 

Day crowned ‘King of Combe’ at NG’s Wiltshire weekender
 
The latest instalment of NG action took the riders to a star studded Castle Combe over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd September featuring guest appearances from 3x world champion Freddie Spencer, 16x Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson, 2018 Superstock and Senior TT winner Peter Hickman, 2018 BSB championship leader Leon Haslam, Wiltshire’s own BSB star Tommy Bridewell and ‘Stavros’ Steve Parrish who took on the role of pit lane reporter. Josh Day retained the ‘King of Combe’ title under intense pressure from Daniel Cooper, the pair were engaged in battle all weekend in the Phoenix Open, Powerbikes and the 600s with Day coming out on top over their 9 races together with 7 victories to 2. Such was their pace that only once did another rider get between them, 17 year old TJ Toms on his SMW backed Kawasaki splitting them with 2nd place in Saturday’s 600cc race but his challenge was blunted by a leaking radiator causing a non-start on Sunday morning forcing a charge through the field to 5th from the back of the grid in the afternoon. Championship wise Sean Montgomery strengthened his grip on this year’s 600cc title by finishing higher than his championship rivals in each of the 3 races taking 2 3rds along the way. Dymag ACU 250GP championship returnee Andrew Sawford had a fruitful weekend bagging all three wins while fellow returnee Daniel Jackson, Phil Stead, Thomas Lawlor and Bruce Dunn, from the back of the grid on Sunday afternoon, each took podium placings. In the NG Cup 250s Travis Vince put in a gritty performance to finish on Sunday afternoon having to change gear by hand. The spectacular Mark Compton had an equally spectacular run of results in the Sound of Thunder taking three wins with Dave MacKay never far away on their Ducati Panigales. Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley did the double in the visiting FSRA British F2 sidecars but that doesn’t tell the whole story as Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie led both races early on and 2x previous TT winner John Holden/Lee Cain fought them hard on Sunday. Wrapping up the Pre-Injection 700cc championship with 3 battling wins saw Honda rider William Bryant take the ‘Performance of the meeting’ award of a set of Wiz knee sliders. The next round on the NG calendar is the final meeting of the year at the undulating Oulton Park in Cheshire on October 6th.

 

The fifth meeting of 2018 for NG Road Racing saw the next three championship rounds fought out over one of the hottest weekends in decades. With barometer busting 30 degrees heat it was a hard weekend with riders struggling for grip as track temperatures soared. The testing conditions meant that several riders made uncustomary errors…. several bikes cried enough in the heat…. and several stepped up taking wins and lap records.The undoubted star of the weekend was Kayla Barrington, the 20-year-old who studies at Chichester University. Since switching from her unreliable 675 Triumph Daytona (…that took her to runner up spot in last years newcomers series) to a TKB Racing/Rock Oils R6 Yamaha her performances have been on a steep upward curve. She just missed her maiden 600 podium at Snetterton last time out, but this weekend she pulled out three great rides in the Inlay Management Services 600 Open. She qualified on the front row alongside former 600 Champ Sean Montgomery and early season championship leader Aaron Ridewood. Montgomery needed some points after scoring nothing at Snetterton due to a huge crash. However it was his first time at Pembrey for three years on a recently rebuild ZX6R. Monty set off with his usual aggression, but behind him Ridewood only managed two corners before his R6 cried enough (….that was the end his weekend !!). Barrington was second at the end of lap one. The lead went up to just over two seconds by lap 3 but as the leading two came round for lap 4 and half race distance Kayla was on Sean’s tail. He fully admitted he rolled it off too much but despite the pressure he crossed the line with a one second victory over Kayla and Alex Jones (….no not the one off the one show !!!). The second race saw Montgomery on pole, but he got a terrible start and was down in 6th at the end of lap one. Barrington seized the race by the scruff of the neck and set a string of fast laps. Montgomery was on a charge though and was lapping 0.8 second of a lap faster with a 2.3-second gap to pull back in three laps. The gap was down to 1.3 with two to go but Montgomery tumbled out of the race at Hatchets handing second to Alex Jones. Kayla swept to her maiden 600cc win. To say that the pit wall went wild is an understatement with Kayla’s Mum in floods of joyful tears. Now she had a taste for victory and was on pole for the final outing and set off like a scalded cat knowing that Montgomery was starting from the back of the grid. Sean took twelve places in one lap….. by lap two he was up to sixth…. But then he raised a hand. In the hurry to get the bike prepped after the earlier crash they hadn’t tightened the twistgrip completely and Sean’s pace dropped, although he did limp across the line in seventh. Kayla however took another six second win (……more tears from Mum and family !!!)…. again leading home Alex Jones who with three podiums over the weekend left leading the championship. Kayla is now second just one point off the lead with Donington, her favourite track, next. Monty is just three point’s further back. The top five riders are covered by just 12 points….roll on Donington.As I said Jones on his TKRC/WSC Performance/REPS R6 tops the points table, astonishingly on his Streetstock Spec Yamaha. He took all three 700 Streetstock finals each time over David Irons and Adam Grosch.250GP and 125GP ACU National Championship.                Former two time 250 National Champ Phil Atkinson took all three finals to come away with another maximum points haul in the 2018 Dymag backed championship. He didn’t make it easy for himself in the first outing at his Declan’s TZ250 bogged on the line letting Thomas Lawlor, Simon Hunt and Paul Metcalfe get the jump on him. His worriers were short lived as he soon cut through to take the lead. Hunt had a commanding second place but as the race went on Metcalfe found a little something extra to grab second in the latter stages. Race two was all Atkinson with Lawlor and Hunt again squabbling over the podium places….that was until John Lewis got into his stride to take third away from Hunt. Simon was in no mood to miss out in the third outing and again took a fine third behind Lawlor with Atkinson taking the win. Hunt has a strong series lead in the NG Cup but Travis Vince is finding his feet and took three Cup class podiums. It was Gavin Mills all the way in the Hartsmere Logistics 125 GP Series with another three emphatic wins on his Mills Racing RS125 Honda, each time over Dean Hobson and fellow Mills Racing Teamster 13 year old Jake Hopper.Gavin also took two wins in the Two stroke GP series with the third race going to Daniel Walling on his 250 TZ getting the better of Mills by just 0.13 of a second.All the Pembrey action. As per usual the Open and Powerbike classes saw Josh Day starting as favourite, but this weekend he had his local Gloucestershire rival Daniel Cooper to contend with. Josh on his Kendrick and Spalding ZX10R and Dan on his Impcross Engineering BMW. Both needed a good weekend Josh as he has been suffering intermittent and frustrating electrical gremlins and Dan who had for him a below par TT after being caught up in the now well-reported Course Car incident. In the Powerbikes Josh took two wins to Dan’s one with Jonathan Railton never too far adrift. Chris Pope too was having an impressive weekend never out of the top five, and James Kiff got his GSXR on the podium after a big rebuild since Snetterton. Josh had a return of the gremlins in the final outing that saw him stutter and splutter back to eighth at the flag. The Open had a win each for Dan, Josh and Jonathan Railton on his new GSXR Suzuki making the trip from St Neots well worth it. Josh again suffered bike issues, this time too severe to continue and he coasted down pit lane. Again Pope, Kiff, Allister Haynes and Nick Williamson headed to supporting cast.The Suzuki Bandits saw a clean sweep for Matthew Baker on his Engenaire Suzuki. Defending champ James McHardy, Harley Prebble and John Bolsover were never far from the action but they had no answer for Baker at Pembrey. Tony Hart took a clean sweep in the Formula Prostock FP1’s on his stunning XR69 Suzuki. Phil Webber did the same on his 1980’s GSXR in the FP2’s whilst Lewis Rees on a 600F CBR and Andrew Howe shared the honours in FP3 with a pair of wins apiece.Paul Wardell took the first two finals of the Mini Twins on his Bee Lighting SV in convincing style over William Holland. Then after pulling out a four second lead in their third outing Wardell fell at Hatchets and Holland needed no second asking as he swept to the win over Dean Ratcliffe and Newcomer Vinny Branch the exuberant newcomer. Holland on his JHS Racing SV Super Twin bike showed better form in that class taking two wins to Wardell’s one, but Wardell had the honour of setting a new class lap record.Dave Mackay was robbed of a clean sweep in the Sound of Thunder on his True Heroes 959 Panigale as Ben Broadway sneaked underneath him at the final corner of the final lap of Sunday’s race on his JHP Ducati Coventry 959. Michael Russell took three podiums over the weekend on his 1098R.Defending Supermono champ Jay Bellers Smith has been a late starter in this seasons campaign but is now racking up the points with two wins on the KTM Smith Bros 720 here, but Dave Hampton extended his series lead with three podiums including one win on the Tigcraft 450. Hampton doubles up on the 450 in the 500 Open and took two more wins to cement his title prospects. Paul Metcalfe took Saturdays win but he was a one-day entry only. Novice Bradley Richman had a great run of three podiums in the 500 open on his ZXR400. 15 year old Richman also took three runner up spots in the Formula 400 class behind the vastly experienced Tim Bradley….who remains unbeaten so far in 2018 on his FZR 400.Mike Wilson was another three time winner with a hat full of points in the Formula 125 on his CLV Graham File Aprilia heading home Jay Able each time. Wilson now leads the title chase.Andy Blomfield racked up two more wins in the Desmo Due 620cc class with Duncan Baillie and Scott Wilson having no reply. In their last outing of the weekend Scott Wilson found a little more pace and headed home reigning champ Blomfield by a couple of bike lengths. Peter Cooper and Rodney King took the Desmo B class 600 tight to James Robinson who was having a below par weekend to really close up the title chase, with King now on top of the table.Owen Hunt extended his series lead in the 1300 Pre Injection class with two more wins on his Paul Bland R1 with Jon Wright the multiple 700 Pre Injection taking his second win of the year on the new-to-him Controls and Safety R1. Phil Webber who campaigns three different bikes kept his title hopes alive with three podiums. Regular Suzuki Bandit runner is running an R6 in the 700 Pre Injections with European Vacuum Drainage backing and took two wins on Sunday after Saturdays winner Daniel Jones was ruled out with a crash at Hatchets hairpin early on.Richard Hughes has now racked up nine wins in the 1300 Streetstock class and leads the series by over 70 points on his Mam, Dad and Mugsy BMW S1000RR. That is no refection though of how close the racing is this year as the ever smiling Hughes battles bar end to bar end with Jason Hill and Gary Walters. Walters took his first win of the year this weekend but a massive jump start early Saturday saw him having to work hard to get through to eventually grab the final podium spot. The Streetstock classes have been a little flat over the last couple of years but this year they are both giving us some great racing….don’t forget Alex Jones and David Irons in the 700 series.Lansdowne Classics.       NG hosted the next rounds of the Lansdowne Classics and despite a slightly lower grid than usual the racing didn’t disappoint as current series leader Sam Clews on his 500 Manx Norton raced bar to bar with Michael Russell. Russell took two wins to Clews one, but both of them now have a healthy advantage over the absent Dean Stimpson. Each race saw Mike Smith Chris Firmin, Chris Bassett and Peter Crew in the mix but not able to match the pace of the top two.For full championship information and in depth reports on the Bonhams Championship for the 500’s, the WWR National Motorcycle Museum 500, The Avon Tyres 350 series and The TCM Classic Motrcylce Magazine sponsored pre 1954 class check out | www.lansdowneclassic.co.uk The Protect my income.com Newcomers.            Blake Shaw took his third open newcomers race win of the year on his On Two Wheels ZX6R Kawasaki but only after a race long tussle with James Welch as the top two dragged out a 13 second gap on the rest. It was a much tighter affair in the Mini Twins category with series leader Cameron Corfield, Christopher Sinanan and Liam Bassett in the mix. There was very little to choose between them but a last lap lunge through some backmarkers saw Bassett on his SV take the win. Bradley Richman is continuing to impress on his Scaff Racing ZXR 400 and took his maiden win in the 500 class.Cameron Corfield suffered a crash in practice on the Sunday morning and was airlifted away from the circuit. He is currently stable and undergoing treatment. We all wish him a full and speedy recovery. Wiz Sliders Performance of the Meeting.             At every NG round one lucky rider is selected for the Wiz Sliders Performance award. The chosen one gets a special set of one-off sliders made by the Wiz guy’s in Somerset.This meeting it was a fairly easy pick and was a unanimous decision. After a fantastic runner up placing on Saturday in the 600 open all eyes were on Kayla Barrington and she did no fail to deliver on Sunday by taking both races emphatically with two lights to flag wins……. Congratulations Kayla.www.wizkneesliders.com… Wiz Sliders are made to be used and abused. Ride like you want to win them !     Words  : Russ Gardner – NG Road Racing Media Officer          Images :  EDP Photo News – www.edpphoto.co.uk   Web Info:   www.ngroadracing.org

 

NG weathers the storm at Snetterton
 
The third meeting of NG’s 2018 season took place over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd June at a hot and humid Snetterton in Norfolk using the ‘200’ layout where a heavy thunderstorm on Saturday afternoon flooded the circuit curtailing the day’s action after four championship races had been completed for the Phoenix Open, EDP Open 500 and Mini Twins, Streetstocks and Pre Injections plus the Dymag National 250GP championship forcing a new schedule to be created for Sunday which saw 10 lap races and double points awarded for the series unable to compete on Saturday which made finishing paramount. First to go were the IMS 600s headed by the Triumph of Sam Middlemas and then in the later race Alex Baker prevailed from a closing Josh Day out on his Yamaha R6 from the back of the grid in a race notable for a strong performance by Kayla Barrington who just missed out on her maiden podium finish behind Aaron Ridewood. A healthy field of sidecar outfits to took the track with a number of crews no doubt seeking extra track time ahead of the British championship’s visit in a couple of weeks time with Rupert Archer/Tom Bryant and Sam Christie/Adam Christie sharing the spoils whilst in the Sound of Thunder races Jordan Gill was victorious both times aboard his Ducati Panigale 959 dicing with Highsparks Motorsport team mate Tarryn Skinner both times. Josh Day and his Kawasaki ZX-10 took all three wins in the Phoenix Open setting the outright lap record in race three, temporarily it would turn out though as after Day had taken the double points win in the Bluebell Lakes Powerbikes Hawk Racing’s 20 year old George Stanley reset the record on his Suzuki GSXR 1000 by going a mere 0.001 seconds faster than Day’s earlier effort on his way to a narrow victory over Day in the afternoon encounter to leave it at 1 minute 10.727 seconds. Mahindra Moto 3 interloper Chris Taylor took the Dymag National 250GP championship victory on Saturday afternoon before championship leader Phil Atkinson stamped his authority on Sunday’s proceedings taking two wins. A&R F400 pace setter Tim Bradley dominated proceedings on Sunday taking both wins on his Yamaha after suffering a rare defeat to Elwyn Fryer’s Kawasaki before the rain arrived on Saturday afternoon. Other race winners over the weekend included Gavin Mills (125GP), Andy Blomfield and Philip Murden (Ducati Desmo Due), Elwyn Fryer, Dave Hampton and Michael Rees (EDP Open 500), Paul Wardell (Mini Twins), Jason Hill and Richard Hughes (Streetstocks), Daniel Jones and Owen Hunt (Pre-Injections), Anthony Hart (Formula Prostocks), Bryan Walker (Newcomers) with Matt Baker and James McHardy sharing the spoils in the Black Widow Suzuki Bandit Challenge.
 
The next event on NG’s calendar sees the riders head west to Pembrey in south west Wales on the weekend of the 7th and 8th July.
 
NG’s weekend in the Wolds
 
North Glos Road Racing Club paid their annual visit to the undulating Cadwell Park circuit in the Lincolnshire Wolds on 12th and 13th May for the second weekend of competition in 2018. Local lad Tom Neave returned from an arm injury to take all three Phoenix Open victories over a field which included Isle of Man TT winner Ivan Lintin but was pushed hard by 2017 champion Josh Day on Sunday with Josh setting a new outright NG lap record of 1:30.122 during race 3 in which the pair were split by just 0.04 seconds on the line! South African Phil Atkinson was another to win all three championship races in the Dymag ACU 250GP National championship but was made to work for his third win in a shortened four lap dash as he fought past Bruce Dunn and James Hind to take the lead on the last lap. Close racing abounded too in the remainder of NG’s programme of races including the 600cc bouts which had three different winners in Aaron Ridewood, Alex Baker and Joe Sheldon-Shaw and also the Black Widow Suzuki Bandit Challenge as James McHardy and Matt Baker took two wins apiece on a weekend in which heavy overnight rain on Saturday night may have dampened the ground but not the spirit of the riders! NG’s next action takes place on the Snetterton ‘200’ circuit in Norfolk on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd June.
 
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