As well as Mark, Steve & Dave, Chris, Dave and the other Mark who were entertaining myself and a sizeable crowd at Darley Moor other members of the amazing Magnificent Seven were doing their thing at other venues.
Garry decided to opt for the first round of the EMRA championship to kick his season off. Qualifying 3rd in the Minitwins on a bike he had never ridden before was something a little special while 8th in the Open 600 left him scratching his head as to exactly how he had done it!
The Open 600 race left Garry a little deflated after falling off the pace and ending up 16th but laid the blame firmly at his own feet saying “the bikes fast when I’m not asleep”. Starting 3rd on the grid in the Minitwins Garry ran strongly to maintain position and take a place on the podium before falling foul of regulation rules changes.
Sidestepping race 2 in the Open 600 class Garry felt confident of another (legal) podium visit on the Minitwin and was starting from the 2nd row. As the lights turned green he quickly lost a place into the first corner and so decided to hold station and let the race settle down. At Gerrards Garry made his move and slipped inside on the brakes to move into P4 and began his pursuit of the rider in 3rd, a lunge on lap 7 stuck and Garry staved of the ensuing challenge to bring it home in third place to earn his first trophy of 2019.
Shane also choose Mallory and EMRA to start his year.
After qualifying 9th in the Open 600 class Shane stormed off the line, chasing down several riders and taking the chequered flag in a confidence boosting 5th place.
In the 1000 Rookies Shane missed out on pole position by 0.001 of a second, the front two got away together and Shane moved to the front with a move a Edwinas hairpin although the roles were reversed at Shaws. On the next lap while trying to set his line for another move Shane unfortunately clipped the kerb, tucked the front and the race was over.
Despite the ‘off’ Shane left the circuit happy with the pace shown on both bikes and in confident mood ahead of the next round.
Due to unforeseen circumstance Joe has been left without a ride for the year and is currently in the market for a ‘race ready’ Yamaha R6 or ZX6R. If anyone knows of an available bike that fit the bill then Joe is waiting to hear from you. (On a personal note I imagine Joe is a little miffed at the moment so please don’t make me turn him loose on you all again, get your £1 entries in for the genuine hand-signed, framed Hicky photo NOW).
After donning his team principle jacket at Brands Hatch and overseeing fellow professor of two wheeled racing Ryan Garside’s utter domination as the debuted the Myerscough College Golden Era Steelsport machine at round 1 of the Thundersport GB Championship Richie has switched his attention firmly back to having the students bikes ready for the start of the PDMCC Championship in early May where we intend to be trackside for most, if not all, of the rounds.
The 400 is being described as a bit of a rocket ship while the little Evo125 machine has made a visit to the Dyno to have the power output recorded leaving the ‘prof’ on a water & lettuce diet and cracking the whip over the students heads in the search for speed.
Very much looking forward to catching up to Richie and his new team in early May.
Zac Oultram & Alan Edwards.
We sadly couldn’t make it over to Oulton Park on Tuesday (9th April) to catch up with Alan and the seriously talented Zac as they enjoyed yet another successful test and as lap times tumbled yet again with Zac getting more and more comfortable on the ZX10 as he made adjustments once again and finally found his ‘sweet spot’. An assault on GP1 Thundersport title is not going to fall at their feet in any way shape or form as it features some of the very fastest riders outside of British Superbikes and, indeed, Europe but knowing Alan they are quite sure of the enormous challenge that they face going into the second round at Snetterton.