The season finally kicked into life at Three Sister’s on Sunday 5th and after a couple of egg & bacon barms and a brew I took advantage of an early arrival and headed for the pits in search of the 3 Magnificent Seven members who were gearing up for round one. Carefully trying to stay upright in the packed paddock area I had the pleasure of bumping into Daniel Hosker first and it was a nice coincidence that he was first as he has had a big influence in how things have taken shape over the last 6mths or so as the original M7 member.
After a chat, introduction to the family and an induction into the Hosker Racing Team (More on that story in a later news post) I was pointed in the direction of the Myerscough College Motorsport awning and the chance to catch up with old friend Richie Harrison who was looking forward to debuting both the student bikes on a circuit he last visited 15 years ago.
Unfortunately I couldn’t locate the 3rd M7 rider Tom Gigg who, it turned out, was having machinery issues and was sadly heading home to Wales long before the end of the day.
The first race of the day saw Richie out on the little bike and having drawn a mid-grid 4th row peg out of the hat, (Grid positions for all of the first races were decided with the ‘peg draw’ while race 2 was determined by race 1 results), we were all ready to go racing.
Despite a distinct lack of power compared to some of the opposition a 3rd in race one was followed by a 2nd in race two to give the whole team a huge lift before the Formula 400 races as Richie reported the bike was running faultlessly. Having had a chat earlier with Richie and how highly he spoke about the students dedication to the job I think we will see the bike moving forward at every round to come.
Next up in Race 4 was Daniel on his beautiful little Keeway machine and running under the Hosker Racing banner. Dan runs in the Streetstock 125 class and this happens to be the class we are sponsoring this year so it was double excitement for a certain sight challenged ‘snapper’ as the bikes made their way onto the circuit for the first time. A full grid of 15 machines lined up for race 1 and Daniel, like Richie, hadn’t drawn a particularly low numbered peg out of the hat.
As the light changed and the field headed into turn one everyone made a clean getaway and race pace began to alter the starting positions, as the chequered flag greeted the riders at the end of the 5 lap race defending champion Graham Corfield took the win on the #3 bike while Daniel brought it home in 12th place with a best lap of 1.17.575’s
Race 2 for the Streetstock bikes saw Daniel now starting from 12th spot on the grid and the low cloud of race one had been replaced by warmer weather. The change in conditions seemed to suit Daniel as he began his efforts in chasing down the riders ahead of him.
5 frantic laps later and Dan took the flag in an impressive 10th position and improved his best lap time to a 1.13.829’s leaving him confident in both the bike and his pace ahead of the next round.
It was then Richie’s turn to introduce the Kawasaki ZXR400 to the rest of the very competitive Formula 400 field. Again having to start from the 4th row after the peg draw Richie had the Myerscough College machine flying through the pack but in the end ran out of laps to finish 2nd.
Race 2 saw Richie dicing with race one victor Tony Griffiths on the #7 bike while they were both being chased down by the flying Alex Latham on the number 37 bike and at the flag less than half a second separated all 3 riders with Richie taking the final podium spot to make it four visits to the ‘box’ from 4 races.
As for Tom, hopefully we will catch up with him soon.