BRITISH Historic Racing club riders hit the famous rallycross venue of Lydden Hill this weekend for nearly 40 races of hot and heavy historic action.
Honda-mounted Mike Bevan drew first blood in the combined Pre-’82 Japanese Solo D & M Engineering/Classic Racer scraps ahead of Rian Hamilton’s Ducati and Daniel Ledger’s Supermono, but Ledger powered his KTM to the front in race two ahead of Hamilton and Peter Crew. Crew’s son Gareth followed him across the line in fourth overall, he and his father finishing first and second of the Japanese all-comer bikes.
It was a repeat of race two in Sunday’s first scrap, with Ledger leading Hamilton, Peter and Gareth across the line, the latter two again first and second of the Jap bikes. But Hamilton fell down to sixth overall in race four and gave Peter second ahead of Nick Killworth as Ledger completed his hat-trick of victories.
Outfit aces Stephen Mann and Philip Wade took the first Sidecar win of the weekend from [heir to the bread fortune] Matt Kingsmill and Paul Sands, but the latter duo came to the fore in race two and pulled out victory over four seconds clear of Russell Bleach and Penny Daws.
The two sidecars again split the wins on Sunday as Bleach and Daws bagged their second runner-up finish while Dennis Whitehouse and Dylan Weston took two thirds.
In the Pre-’73 Bob Newby Racing / Woodland Oils / Three Bears Racing battles, Stefan Radakovic took the first win from fellow 500cc runner Mike Bevan and Norton 920 pilot Scott Harris. But Harris charged forward in race two to pip Bevan over the line by a half second from Tony Jimenez.
Jimenez nabbed the early lead in race three and crossed the line nearly four seconds clear of Norton compatriot Graham Buller and Harris, but Harris was back out front to do the double in race four 4.3 seconds ahead of Jimenez and Killworth.
Benelli rider Rik Wambacq cruised to two comfortable wins by an average of 10 seconds as Ian Henshaw and Donaat Wambacq nabbed a second and a third each in the ’63-’72 250cc Specials. Enter Mike Powell, who showed up and swept both wins on sunday from runners-up Rik and Donaat, while the latter Wambacq and Arron Rogers, a Pre-’48 Tuers Garage class runner, took a third apiece.
Penguin Speed Shop / Sidecar Radio Championship runners Jon Perkins and Ian Nickels were victorious in both three-wheeled battles on Saturday, the first 26 seconds ahead of Steve Gagg/Sylvia Hase and Ged/Kevin Abrahams, then the second from Sean Hegarty/James Neave as Gagg and Hase were pushed back to third.
The winning duo made it a hat trick on Sunday when they took the first race of the day ahead of rostrum familiars Gagg/Hase and Hegarty/Neave, but were relegated to the runner-up spot in the final sidecar scrap by Phil Boote and Jayne Morris as Gagg and Hase once again completed the podium.
The Pre-’63 500cc / Lacey Ducati Championship races were controlled by Norton racer Lee Moore as he dominated races one and two from runners-up Harris and Brett Randall, with Harris and fellow Ducati-mounted Michael Fox splitting thirds. Moore continued his charge in races three and four as he beat Ian Henshaw to the line by a combined margin of nearly one minute as Harris and Jack Hebb shared the final rostrum spots.
Ian Scutt edged Mike Powell over the line by just 0.06 seconds for the first Rex Caunt Racing Championship victory, with Robert Duesbury nabbing third. But the rest of the races belonged to Powell, who beat Duesbury to the chequered flag each time with Scutt bagging two thirds to Michael Brown’s one.
Wambacq was back out in action in the Goodwin / Palletforce races with the only ’63-’72 machine, taking the overall win from Pre-’63 boys Buller and Henshaw as the latter two took a silver and bronze each.
Novice honours went the way of Andrew Widdowson in the combined Fred Launchbury Trophy / Novice race, crossing the line 10 seconds clear of Duesbury and fellow rookie Paul Pollard.
*Images: Neil Kirby