Hopefully better late than never!
Bank holiday Monday saw us, and several of the Magnificent 7 at the second round of the Darley Moor championship on a day of mixed weather, bodily damage, broken bikes, lost glasses and great racing.
Mark and ‘Hetty’ continue their impressive start to the campaign with more wins safely in the bag.
Kicking things off in the first race of the day the Allcomers up to 600cc Mark mastered the wet conditions and simply blew the rest of the CB500’s away romping to victory and 4th place overall. After the Allcomers event it was down to the real business and the CB500 & Lightweight Championship and again Mark showed the other CB’s a rapidly clean pair of heals with a symmetrical pair of 6th place finished overall but more importantly 2 wins in class to open up a healthy championship lead.
It seems at the moment that when it comes to racing if Mark didn’t have bad luck he would have no luck!
A non-finish in the Allcomers over 600cc race on the now repaired black Suzuki then saw Mark switch to the newly acquired ex Neil McLaren & former B.S.B Suzuki and disaster struck. At the ultra fast entry to Townleys Mark lost control spitting himself into the tyre wall and badly damaging the bike.
The bike is back in the workshop undergoing repairs while Mark is pumped full of painkillers with a broken Coccyx (Tailbone), bruised Kidney’s, ligament damage around the Hip area and tissue damage to his Back.
Hopefully Mark heals well and quickly as speaking to him in the paddock before racing started he was delighted with his new machine and was looking forward to lowering his lap times from the word go. Get well soon buddy.
Dave seems to be going from strength to strength at the moment and after a successful first round confidence must have been high.
In what are two of the hardest fought and closely matched classes in the Peak Cup and the Formula 600’s Dave had the Kawasaki singing once again. The Peak Cup saw the 600 machine up against an array of 1000cc machines and Dave battled to a 5th in race one and a 9th in race two, the second race also saw Dave duck under the magic 60 second lap with a 59.87’s which was one of the ambitions for the early rounds of the championship.
Over in the Formula 600 category the Stockport based flyer just missed out on the podium with a 4th in race one and a 5th in race two. Having already posted a 59.87 Dave upped his pace yet again with a 59.05’s to leave Derbyshire in high spirits.
Having missed round one due to the class with the EMRA championship Garry finally arrived at Darley and lined his Twin up in the Pre-Injection 600 & Mini Sound of Thunder class.
Two hard fought races where the strengths and weaknesses of each of the 2 classes make for some very close racing with lots of passing and re-passing and it was no different this time out. With far better weather conditions overhead Garry ran strongly in both races to record a brace of 3rd place finishes in class and a pair of 12th’s overall.
SPR – F2 Sidecar Racing Team.
Steve and Dave were back in action and put in a strong qualifying session to put themselves in 6th place on the grid ahead of their 2 races.
With a large field of 13 outfits the boys enjoyed a great weekend and the results from both races perfectly mirrored each other.
Sadly we had been forced to retreat before the crews took to the circuit so no shots from this round but the guys put in two outstanding performances, lower lap times again and securing two 7th overalls and two 4th’s in class which now leaves the guys in an impressive 3rd place in the points table and only 3 points of the championship lead.
I will be getting to the images from the round as soon as possible, it seems that a 3 meeting weekend as we had last week has left me on the back foot and playing catch up. Thank you to everyone who has shared my post regarding the loss of my ‘blind’ glasses, fingers crossed when I ring Eddie on Wednesday they will have been handed in.