NG Road Racing Oulton Park 28th September 2019
CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN CHANGEABLE CHESHIRE
Mixed conditions greeted the North Glos riders as they headed to Oulton Park for the final meeting of the season on Saturday 28th September, heavy overnight rain and frequent showers meant that the track never fully dried out. Whilst some of the club’s championships had already been settled others were anything but including the Dunlop ACU 250GP National championship where early season leading light Jim Hind’s mid season absence due to his Isle of Man heroics had allowed Bruce Dunn to close in however pole position and a dominant win saw Hind wrap up the title in style. There was drama in the Metzeler DTR Streetstock 700 category as David Irons fell from the class lead with two laps remaining, Irons needing to win to tie with the table topping Simon Bastable who finished second behind rainmeister Adam Grosch on the day, had they finished with Irons ahead of Grosch and Bastable then the crown would have gone to Irons… Chris Oliver’s 1300 class Yamaha R1 took the overall win. 2019 newcomer Daniel Boucher capped an impressive debut season taking the Love Life and Ride Pre-Injection 1300 championship by a mere two points from a charging Jon Wright. Dan Harris sealed the Racebuykz Mini Twin title by following challenger Olii Warren home to take it by eleven points. The FPR Motul Suzuki Bandit Challenge ‘Showdown’ arrived with top two James McHardy and Harley Prebble split by 15 points and Prebble did all he could by taking both race wins but McHardy’s pair of second places and extra podium credits were enough to hand him the championship crown, the pair’s hard fought battles being one of the highlights of the 2019 season. 2019 IMS 600 champion Max Symonds showed why as he raced to a clear win in wet conditions and Max also took second overall in the Phoenix Open behind the Via Moto Kawasaki ZX-10 mounted Joe Sheldon-Shaw to earn him the Wiz ‘Performance of the Meeting’ award. Sheldon-Shaw would also take the Bluebell Lakes Powerbikes race win in the gathering gloom of the meeting closing race which also saw the last rides from Paul Dyer and Leigh Corfield before hanging up their leathers. This season’s prize winners will now head to Hatherley Manor, Gloucestershire to collect their silverware on the 23rd November to close a memorable season. words Stephen Carpenter EDP Photo News.
NG Road Racing Pembrey Circuit 13th – 14th July 2019
All in a “Day’s” work!
Josh Day Smashing outright lap record, his bike, borrowed bikes and still won!
Phil Bevan Trackdays
Phil Bevan Trackdays – Official Statement
It is with an extremely heavy heart that we must inform you that due to an incident on Sunday’s Event (7th July ) one of our riders, Laura Davies (39) has passed away.
At 4.39pm, in the final Intermediate session of the day she fell from her R1 at Brooklands Hairpin, and suffered serious head injuries. She was immediately attended to by the Pembrey Medical Team and the Wales Air Ambulance summoned. She was then flown to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff at approx. 5.45pm.
No other rider was involved in the incident.
We, as the Phil Bevan Trackdays team wish to pass on our sincere condolences to both the immediate family and friends at such a tragic time. We would also like to thank the Medical team at Pembrey Circuit and University Hospital of Wales.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
May You Rest In Peace, Laura.
Phil Bevan and Alan Holland
A SELF MADE MIDSUMMER WIN FOR FORD FIESTA CREW AS JUNIORS COULDN’T BE CLOSER
The Forresters Car Club organised Acorn Travel Midsummer Caerwent rally took place on Sunday 16th June in the demanding Caerwent Military Training Area. Before proceedings got underway a minute’s silence was observed for long time club member John Bird who sadly passed away in the build up to the event, diolch John. Top seed and multiple winners in the venue Dave Willett/John Davies were quickest away to set fastest time on SS1 in their Ford Escort Mk2 by a solitary second from the Ford Fiesta R5 of James Self/Ian Davis as Thomas Cooper/Sarah Edwards’ Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX slotted into third. The top two were reversed after SS2 with Self/Davis taking four seconds from Willett/Davis to lead by three seconds heading into SS3 when a heavy rain shower struck whilst the leading crews were tackling the stage, Self/Davis adding another ten seconds to their lead as their Fiesta R5’s superior 4wd traction told in the wet conditions. Willett/Davies hit back on SS4 taking back seven seconds to more than halve the gap to Self/Davis but alas the fight didn’t go the distance after a reported electrical issue with their Mk2 Escort sidelined Willett/Davies on SS5 leaving Self/Davis clear to take the victory after six challenging stages by 1 minute 55 seconds from the hard charging Marcus Pagett/Rhys Stoneman’s Nissan Micra ‘Kit Car’ with the Darrian T90 of Richard Merriman/Kath Curzon a further 32 seconds back in third. Seventeen Junior crews started the event in their 1000cc machines and after the six special stages Elliot Payne/Carl Williamson couldn’t be split on time from the similar Citroen C1 of Rob Wilson/Martin Haggett but a time four seconds faster on SS1 handed the victory spoils to Payne/Williamson. Completing an all Citroen C1 mounted top 3 were Ioan Lloyd/Jonathan Jackson 35 seconds down on the front two whose pace would have seen them finish in 22nd overall in the ‘senior’ event. The third and final event of 2019 in the testing venue will be the Raintite Coated Metal & Curzon Wealth Management Patriot Stages to be held on Sunday 29th September. Words Steve EDP.
NG Road Racing Cadwell Park
JIM LEAVES THE REST BE-HIND AT CADWELL PARK
North Glos Road Racing Club’s 2019 schedule reached its halfway point over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd June at the undulating Cadwell Park circuit in Lincolnshire. Youngster Jim Hind on his familiar no.81 Yamaha TZ250 stamped his authority on the Dunlop ACU 250GP championship with pole position and a clear win on Saturday from KTM Moto 3 rider Joshua Whatley who kept Hind honest in Sunday morning’s sprint race finishing less than half a second behind despite a mega start from Hind, in third was another KTM Moto 3 bike ridden by Jamie Davis. With inclement weather arriving for Sunday afternoon’s races and time pressure rising the 250s laps were reduced to 8 from the scheduled 11 but none of that mattered to Hind who sped to a clear 8.8 seconds winning margin as the red flag flew and a result called after 4 laps owing to another rain shower arriving with the fellow TZ250 mounted Joe Thompson and John Lea completing the podium. Sam Llewllyn was equally successful in the 125GP class grabbing all three victories. Josh Day’s domination of the Phoenix Open and the Bluebell Lakes Powerbikes continued with five race wins coming his way despite National Superstock 1000 runner Brayden Elliott regularly getting the hole shot into Coppice, once Day got ahead Elliott was left to battle with British Supersport contender Charlie Nesbitt’s Yamaha R6 in Saturday and Sunday morning’s Open encounters with Nesbitt getting the nod on Saturday as Elliott ran straight on at the Chicane but Elliott rectified that error on Sunday morning to follow Day home from Nesbitt but the Chicane proved to be Elliott’s undoing again on Sunday afternoon incurring a time penalty for cutting the corner slotting in behind Sunday only rider Joe Sheldon-Shaw’s Via Moto ZX-10, who made it up to fourth from the back of the grid in the morning, to get third in front of Nesbitt. In the Powerbikes Day and Elliott finished 1-2 on Saturday and Sunday morning with AFB Racing’s Chris Pope bagging third on Saturday but lost out to a charging Sheldon-Shaw up from the rear of the grid on Sunday morning, unfortunately an untimely oil spill and a fast approaching curfew cost them their race in the afternoon but an extra race will be run at Pembrey as recompense. Day would also put in a cameo appearance in the 100% Suspension Sound of Thunder race on Sunday morning aboard his Host-It.co.uk
Panigale just failing to nick third from Dave MacKay at the line from a rear of the grid start catching MacKay’s regular dice with Ben Broadway on the last lap behind lead pair Phil Atkinson and Dave Sellers, MacKay winning the damp Sunday afternoon race from Broadway by a mere 0.2 seconds. The combined efforts of James McHardy, Sam Smith and Carl Smalley couldn’t stop Harley Prebble taking all four Motul FPR Suzuki Bandit Challenge battles but each win didn’t come easily! Both McHardy and Smalley put in feisty performances to reach the lead battles after bike problems consigned them to back of the grid starts on Sunday morning and afternoon respectively. Elsewhere Charlie Nesbitt took two clear wins in the dry IMS 600 races but Sunday afternoon’s damp encounter was all about Max Symonds who sped to a 14 second victory from Owen Hunt who had an impressive Shaun Richman for close company in third. Taking the Wiz ‘Performance of the meeting’ award was 2019 newcomer Daniel Boucher after a busy weekend including a second place and a victory in the Love Life and Ride Pre-Injection 1300s, two third places behind Jon Wright and Jason Hill in the Metzeler DTR 1300 Streetstocks on Saturday and Sunday morning before taking the overall win on Sunday afternoon ahead of Streetstock 700 victor Simon Bastable and Pre-Injection 700 winner Aaron Staniforth who tore through the pack from a back of the grid start. An overall win also went to Boucher’s Pre-Injection Yamaha R1 in the Protect My Income Newcomers race that rounded off Saturday’s action ahead of Chris Oliver’s ‘big bang’ R1. The NG pack now heads off to South Wales for a weekend of racing at Pembrey on the 13th and 14th July.Words Steve EDP
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
JUBILANT JORDAN AT THE DOUBLE AS THRUXTON COOKS UP A THRILLER
BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan took two wins as the Kwik Fit BTCC made its first of two visits to Thruxton in 2019 over the weekend of the 18th and 19th May. Starting from the second row in a freshly straightened BMW 3 Series after his heavy Donington Park accident Jordan leapt up to 2nd at the start of race 1 as top qualifier Sam Tordoff converted pole into the race lead which he held on to until the 13th lap when an electrical issue with his Honda Civic cost Tordoff his power steering making him run wide through Church allowing Jordan to tow past on the run to the Club Chicane and take the win with Tordoff holding on to 2nd from Dan Cammish in 3rd. A great start to race 2 saw Jordan take the lead from the start, a lead he wouldn’t relinquish leading home West Surrey Racing team mate Colin Turkington with Honda’s Cammish again completing the podium. Race 3 was drawn with the top 11 finishers in race 2 to be reversed which put championship leader coming into the weekend Ashley Sutton on pole with Bath’s Josh Cook sharing the front row. With spots of rain starting to fall Sutton held the lead through Allard but Cook was able to draw alongside on the run to the Complex taking the lead on the inside and controlling the race thereafter to take the flag surviving two safety car periods on the way. New joint championship leader Rory Butcher took second with Sutton in third. Ably supporting the BTCC in a one-off appearance this weekend were the Mini Se7en and Mini Miglia Challenges with four epic slipstreaming battles making the crowd cheer seeing Darren Thomas take both Mini Se7en victories as Chris Morgan and Nick Padmore split the wins in the Mini Miglias. The BTCC now moves to Croft in North Yorkshire over the weekend of the 15th and 16th June: Words Steve EDP
STANLEY CUTS FIVE WINS AS DAY SLASHES LAP RECORD AT DRAMA FILLED DONINGTON
The third meeting of North Glos’ 2019 tour took the riders to the flowing Donington Park National circuit over the weekend of the 11th and 12th May. National Superstock 1000 regular George Stanley and NG club frontrunner Josh Day set a searing pace eclipsing Ben Godfrey’s outright NG lap record set back in 2016 firstly in Saturday’s Bluebell Lakes Powerbike race with Stanley going round on his Hawk Racing Suzuki GSXR1000 in 1:09.090 before bringing it down to a 1:08.853 in the Phoenix Open on Sunday morning then improving to a 1:08.558 in the afternoon but Day secured the bragging rights aboard his Dayo Racing Yamaha R1 by carding a 1:08.396 on the last lap of Sunday’s closing Powerbike race pursuing Stanley. A lunchtime rain shower meant tricky conditions greeted the Phoenix Open competitors on Saturday and a four rider breakaway was reduced to two as Josh Day and British Supersport runner Charlie Nesbitt both came a cropper on the same lap leaving Australian visitor Brayden Elliott to take the flag by 4.5 seconds from Stanley and an impressive Michael Blank in third. A dominant Stanley ran away with Sunday morning’s opener as Day and Nesbitt charged though the pack after starting at the back to finish second and third. Starting on the front row saw Day run Stanley much closer in the afternoon finishing half a second in arrears. The arrival of the rain during the Bluebell Lakes Powerbike qualifying mixed up the expected order with Joe Sheldon-Shaw bagging pole from veteran Peter Baker with Stanley third, Day completing the second row in sixth. A tense battle ensued in the first couple of laps as Stanley, Day, Brayden Elliott and Sheldon-Shaw squabbled for first before lap record breaking pace drew Stanley and Day away with Stanley finishing 0.9 seconds clear. Sunday morning’s race saw Stanley and Day tied together again with Day just being pipped by 0.05 seconds on the line. Race three was arguably the race of the weekend as a new tyre equipped Day took the fight to Stanley getting ahead at mid distance before they reversed positions again with Stanley taking the flag by 0.255 seconds from the new NG benchmark setting Day. The score in the Motul FPR Suzuki Bandit Challenge was 3-1 to Harley Prebble over James McHardy who was never far away despite starting at the back of the grid for race one but an incredible start saw him into the top ten of the 29 rider field by going around the outside of Redgate then was in a postion to challenge Prebble for the lead by the end of lap two! McHardy’s win came when he outdragged Prebble on the run to the line from the Roberts chicane on Sunday morning. In the Dunlop ACU 250GP Championship James Hind took two victories as Saturday polesitter Bruce Dunn fought with Hind for the win before fading late on hanging on to second. Dunn then turned the tables on Hind on Sunday morning pipping him by 0.2 seconds in a red flag shortened race after a multiple bike pile up at McCleans. In Sunday afternoon’s encounter Hind cleared off to win in dominant style leaving Dunn and Tommy ‘Two Stroke’ Lawlor to complete the podium. In the 125GP class Phil Atkinson was victorious in race one and two before a broken exhaust saw Gavin Mills securing the third after a charging ride in race two brought him up to second from the rear of the grid. Liam Delves reigned supreme in the opening IMS 600 race on Saturday aboard his spare Yamaha R6 as his regular Via Moto Kawasaki ZX-6R is still being rebuilt after a shunt at Oulton Park, Max Symonds and Owen Hunt taking second and third. Having non started on Saturday fastest qualifier Charlie Nesbitt tore through the pack on Sunday morning to win setting a new lap record en route before taking a comfortable win in the afternoon again rewriting the 600 lap record to leave it at 1:10.246, Delves and Symonds completed the podium in both outings with Delves also starting at the back of race two as a late entry. An influx of Junior Supersport riders failed to deter Tim Bradley as he defeated the more modern machinery on his Yamaha FZR 400 for the A&R F400 win on Saturday before Kade Verwey did the double on Sunday from brother Luke and Bradley in the morning with Owen Jenner splitting the siblings in the afternoon on their Kawasaki Ninja 400s. Metzeler DTR Streetstock 700 runner Simon Bastable beat the larger 1300 class bikes on his Yamaha R6 in Saturday afternoon’s wet race then a fierce five way fight for honours took place on Sunday morning between the big bike mounted Jon Wright, Chris Oliver and Jason Hill joined by 700 runners Bastable and David Irons with Wright coming out on top and he then repeated the feat in the afternoon from Jason Hill earning Wright the Wiz ‘Performance of the meeting’ award. Dave MacKay took the chequer in the opening 100% Suspension Sound of Thunder race under extreme pressure from the combined Pre Injection 1300 winner Daniel Boucher but Sunday was all about Josh Day using his Ducati Tri Options Cup machine to charge through from the back to win on Sunday morning before clearing off in the afternoon setting a new lap record on each outing, MacKay having a quiet couple of races after suffering a problem which took a sidecar team’s welder to fix! There were two fields of sidecars this weekend with Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie defeating Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley in Saturday’s FRSA British F2 encounter then Founds/Walmsley avenged that result on Sunday with Alan Founds/Jake Lowther making it a family 1-2 from Crawford/Hardie. In the combined NG and FRSA Pre Injection sidecars BSB supporting British Sidecar crew Sam and Adam Christie took two dominant wins before pulling into the pits on the final lap of Sunday afternoon’s outing allowing True Heroes Racing crew Michael Russell/Tom Bryant to take the spoils. The NG gang now packs up and heads for Lincolnshire for their next meeting at Cadwell Park on the 1st and 2nd June.words Steve EDP.
LLOYDS FINALLY BANK A WIN AT DOWN AMPNEY
Welsh crew Wayne Lloyd/Will Lloyd took the win aboard their Ford Escort Mk2 after many years of trying on the Cheltenham Motor Club organised Get It Sideways Stages Rally held on the concrete roads of the former RAF Down Ampney on Saturday 6th April. Topping the timesheets on 8 of the 10 stages Lloyd/Lloyd surged to a winning margin of 28 seconds from the Davrian Dragon Evo of Rick Neale/Edward Gamble with the top 3 completed by the 1600cc Vauxhall Nova of Sam Davies/Matt Lloyd although on times the class E winning Subaru Impreza of Nigel Mee/John Fellowes would have taken third spot by 2 seconds had 4wd cars counted towards the overall results on a day which cold and slippery conditions left grip at a premium in the early stages before giving way to brighter weather and dustier roads later on for the 66 crews which started the event. Words Steve EDP.
A DRIVING LESSON FROM CARR IN CAERWENT
Driving instructor Kev Carr with navigator Chris Pippen guided their Ford Escort Mk2 to the victory of the Marshall & Hicks Print Ltd Tour of Caerwent held on the 24th March in the extensive Caerwent Military Training complex organised by Forresters Car Club. Fastest out of the blocks on SS1 were Ford Fiesta R5 crew James Self/Ian Davis who tied on time with Llyr Jones/Emma Louise Todd’s Mk2 Escort with Carr/Pippen down in 7th 9 seconds from the front but a reshuffle on SS2 saw northern visitors Mark Jasper/Don Whyatt in another Mk2 Escort move into the lead with Carr/Pippen racing up to second having topped the times and the 2 litre Nissan Micra ‘Kit Car’ of Marcus Pagett/Rhys Stoneman popping into third. Carr/Pippen stamped their authority on the event thereafter taking the lead on SS3 with another fastest time then doing the same on SS4 and SS5 before a controlled run through the final stage saw them take the win by 25 seconds from the Self/Davis Fiesta and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 of Phil Turner/Simon Anthony in third after an ever changing battle for the podium positions which saw second to sixth covered by a mere 39 seconds. The next event in the challenging venue will be the Acorn Travel Midsummer Caerwent Rally on June 16th. Words Steve EDP.
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.
Dominant Dave Willett wins Patriot Stages
Ford Escort Mk2 crew Dave Willett/John Davies eased to a 2 minutes 20 seconds victory on the Raintite Coated Metals Patriot Stages held in the Caerwent training area on the 30th September. A blistering opening stage time put them 29 seconds clear of the field and they would build on their advantage throughout the day heading home fellow Mk2 crew Damian Cole/Steve Durbin with the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 of Thomas Cooper/Ian Davis in third. The event also hosted a round of the Junior 1000 championship for drivers aged between 14 and 17 years old which saw Elliot Payne/Dom Adams take the win in their Citroen C1 by 2 minutes 8 seconds from another Citroen C1 crewed by Edward Lewis/Sam Bilham but Rob Wilson/Martin Haggett were fighting Payne/Adams hard with the pair split by just 4 seconds after SS4 before losing 2 and a half minutes on SS5. Words Steve EDP
Devizes and District Motor Club ran their annual “Valleys and Villages Classic Tour” on Sunday 5th August 2018, The Royal Wootton Bassett Mayor flagged the cars away from the Rugby Football Club, the route was varied and included selection of interesting sites and remote driving the lanes on one of the hottest days of the year!
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.
Words Steve EDP.