On our very first visit to Darley Moor in 2015 we noticed the name Dave Shallcross from Stockport in the race program and being from the same town he quickly became our one to watch during each championship round.
Racing since 2011 when he debuted his 03 Kawasaki ZX636 at Darley Moor in Derbyshire Dave learned his craft quickly and 3 years later with the ZX636 upgraded to a 2008 ZX6R he continued his upward curve and smooth riding style as results improved and lap times fell with regular consistency and in 2016 his efforts were rewarded with a 2nd place fininsh and a trip to the Darley Moor podium.
The joy of glory was however soon replaced by the misery of injury and in this case very serious injury when an incident at the Hairpin at Darley left Dave with a broken neck and unsurprisingly the 2016 season was over or so you would think!
After missing just 2 rounds Dave was back in action but after another 3 meetings at the Derbyshire circuit Lady Luck once again broke wind in Dave’s direction and another visit to the concrete like tyre wall, after being put onto the grass at the ultra quick Esses section, resulted in a broken back and 2016 was definitely over.
2017 started in mixed fashion as front fork issues on the new ZX6R in qualifying saw Dave sit a rather lowly 22nd on the grid but when the lights turned green, and with the bike handling a little better, Dave set about making his way through the field. At the flag he had climbed 18 places to finish in an amazing 4th place and things seemed to indicate that everything was in place for a serious title challenge until disaster struck yet again. With mechanical issues still halting Dave’s progress in round 2 he made the decision to opt for some track time at a test day, it was a decision he would live to regret as the bike spat him off and now a severely shattered lower leg forced him to sit the rest of the season out.
2018, and with the bike straight and Dave raring to go things were going well, the bike felt good and the lap times were again beginning to come easily, having taken the time to really dial both himself and the bike in by the time the end of season ‘Stars at Darley’ came about Dave was consistently in the 59’s leaving him very happy and confident of a new title assault in 2019. Now with a slightly new colour scheme “too many green Kawasaki’s” everything seems to be in place for a serious run at both the podium and the championship title and Dave will be concentrating his efforts on Darley Moor as well as entering rounds at Mallory Park with EMRA whenever dates allow.