BRITISH Historic Racing returned to Three Sisters Circuit this past weekend for a packed round of solo, sidecar and scooter action.
And with the BSSO in tow, club bosses battled the elements as they took on a brimmed 44-race programme.
Seeley-mounted Mike Bevan was the man to beat on Saturday in the event 6 scraps, doubling up ahead of James Gerrard with at least six seconds to spare each time. But when Sunday came, it was all Norton man Gerrard as he doubled up to equal Bevan’s tally.
In class 14, it was a hat-trick for Andrew Widdowson before fellow Suzuki rider Daniel Pritchard scooped the final win. Chris Watts and Mark Walker shared the class 6 honours while Keith Riley swept event 31.
Rich Hawkins beat fellow Ducati MkIII rider Scott Harris to the opening event 12 win, but they were both beat as BSA Bantam man Mike Powell took the overall victory and class 11 spoils in race two with Andy Hunt, just behind, the best of the class 12 runners. Hunt was back on top in race three by just 0.14sec, but Hawkins ended his weekend with victory in the final.
It was a battle of two vs four-strokes in class 14 as Honda K4-mounted Matthew Hebb and NSR250 pilot Darren Higson took two wins apiece.
BEARS boys Shaun McCain and Jack Hawkins wrapped up the Standard championship with a round to spare after chalking up four wins, edging past Phil Higginson and Steve Moffat in the final race to complete the clean sweep by 0.78sec.
Back out in the event 5 races, Rich Hawkins took both class wins as he diced with class 23 front-runner Scott Harris in a tight battle to the line. Mervyn Stratford doubled up in event 1 as Michael Schofield and Samuel Page split the remaining wins while Ben Heaton and Andrew Thornton shared the class 14 spoils.
Geoff Mills looked to be on for an event 3 clean sweep, but the Harrison 250 rider was beaten to the line by Hebb in the final race.
The Tuers and Ormrod/Wilson controlled the three-wheeled action in event 17 as they split wins, while the Davenports scooped the class 23a wins just ahead of Bleach and Daws with the class 16 honours.
BSA man Tyler Scothern dominated the class 13 ranks over Norton Atlas-powered Mike Kemp, but only edged to victory by 0.23sec in face four as Robert Bowen nearly nipped the win.
Darren Conneely dominated the first two ACU British Super Scooter races with over eight seconds to spare each time ahead of Warren Wilkinson and Stuart Day before Stephen Wright snatched the final. In the 6a Super ranks, Nikita McNally and John Woods shared wins.
The BSSO Stock ranks were a similar story as Darren took another two wins, but it was brother Steve Conneely who stole victory by just 0.69sec.
Mike Kemp made a clean sweep of class 10, beating Graham Buller three times on trot as the latter missed out on victory by less than two tenths of a second. GSXR750-mounted Widdowson bagged both class 26 wins on Saturday before FZ750 rider Sean Gauchwin swept the board on Sunday.
Widdowson was back out in the Supermono scraps where he only just got the better of David Glossop in race one by 0.14sec before stretching his winning margin to over 14sec in race two as Glossop pipped Heaton to second.
But it was championship leader Dan Ledger who dominated Sunday’s opener ahead of Widdowson and Glossop before the latter stole victory from Jack Smith in the final. Smith did snag a win, however, as he beat Scarlett Robinson in event 21 while Powell scooped third as first class 24 rider home.
Three-wheeled duo Sean Hegarty and James Neave continued to control the sidecar action in event 18 as they dominated for four race wins ahead of Steve Gagg Sylvia Hase while Graham Birkett/Kevin Lyons, Steven Kemp/Madi Thow and White/Porter shared thirds.
*Image: Lee Hollick