IT was another day of bumper racing at Darley Moor as 12 different winners hit the top step at the club’s fifth round of the season.
The opening race of the day, the non-championship Allcomers race for up to 650cc Twins, set the bar to an extremely high standard for others to follow as Chris Moore and Jim Hodson battling throughout. Quickest off the line was David Carson who led the opening lap but was passed by both Moore and Hodson on lap two, the pair separated by just 0.5sec, with Moore leading.
On lap six backmarkers began to play a part as Hodson made his move into the lead on lap eight, with 0.14sec advantage over the line. By the next lap, he was 0.67sec ahead before Moore then fought back on the final lap to take the win by just 0.23sec, with Carson third.
Just three races later Hodson and Carson were out on track once more in the 700cc Twins race, with a slightly different outcome. Hodson enjoyed a start to finish victory, with Carson moving into second place on lap two and holding on to take the spot at the flag, with Hodson over 13sec up the road.
While Hodson never made the grid for the second race, it didn’t make it easier for Carson, who finished lap one in fifth, five seconds behind leader Richard Hunt. Carson closed the advantage down to just one second by lap six and was able to take the lead the following lap, stretching out an advantage of over seven seconds at the flag.
In the second non-championship Allcomers race for up to 1300cc machines, Josh Daley took the first of his eventual hat-trick of wins for the day with eight seconds to spare, as a three-way battle raged behind for second.
Richard Charlton, Ash Stone and Mark Goodings were separated by no more than 0.5sec for the first seven laps. Stone held second for the opening six laps, with Charlton third and Goodings fourth. Goodings then moved into third and with back markers approaching he passed Stone for second. But it was all change on the final lap as Daley took the win with Charlton second ahead of Stone and Goodings.
This quartet were also at the front in the combined Open Solo and Pre-Injection classes as Daley took both Overall victories, never headed across the line throughout both races.
In the first race, the chasing trio maintain their finishing positions from the Allcomers race from the opening lap through to the chequered flag. But in the second outing, Goodings tried to take the challenge to Daley, moving to second by lap three, with Stone and Charlton third and fourth as they finished separated by just 1.4sec.
Pre-Injection honours were shared between Adam Walters and Carl Morris with Walters fifth overall and Morris sixth in race one, with Morris the class winner in race two as the duo finished fifth and seventh overall.
Andy Whale had a battle in the Lightweight opener as he finished the first lap in fourth before moving up a spot on lap two before taking second spot, 16sec down on Moore. But Moore hit bad luck on lap eight as he retired, leaving Whale to take the win 11sec over Steve Price. With Moore out for race two, Price was the quicker starter as he led the opening lap before Whale took the lead, pulling an 18sec gap at the flag.
Behind, Ben Dale maintained his 100 per cent record in the Pre-Electronics 600 with another double, both times starting slower than Stuart Bradbury who led the opening laps before Dale hit his stride.
Ben Coyle took a lights-to-flag win in the first combined CB500 and Juniors race on his CB as Mark Brailsford and Jamie Hanks-Elliott kept the crowd entertained with a race-long battle until the last lap, when an incident knocked Hanks-Elliott back to sixth, leaving Brailsford to take second ahead of Liam Clements on another CB. The incident handed Freddy Oakley the Junior Class victory with Hanks-Elliott finishing second in class.
The second race started in similar fashion with Coyle leading from the opening lap and opening a near four-second gap by lap four, but he dropped to fourth moments later before retiring and handing Clements the lead as he held on for the win, with Brailsford trailing by a second. In the Juniors battle, Hanks-Elliott inherited third after Coyle’s demise to take the class victory as Oakley scored fifth overall and the Junior runner-up spot.
The opening Formula 600 race provided the closest finish of the day with a battle at the head of the field between Ben Handley and Albert Walker. Handley was quickest away, taking an 0.8sec advantage after the opening lap and keeping it until almost half race distance when Walker started putting the pressure on, finding a way past on lap eight only for Handley to retake the lead when it mattered most, crossing the line just 0.18sec ahead of Walker at the flag. Carson had the best seat in the house, running a short distance behind as he finished some 0.7sec off.
For the Classics and Forgotten Era races the results sheets showed Dean Cully with the wins, but his machine has been found to be ineligible for the class. Behind him, there was an early battle between two different machines as James Oddy and David Bradley on 1100cc road-based bikes diced with Moore on his GP-style 350cc weapon, and High Peak’s Chris Moore on his much more nimble, former GP style 350cc machine.
While Oddy finished the opening lap in second with Bradley close behind in third ahead of Moore, the latter closed the gap and soon found his way past Bradley who then retired. Moore then stuck a pass on Oddy and set about closing the gap to Culley, but backmarkers played havoc and thwarted his efforts as he finished four seconds off Culley with the class win.
In the Sidecar races it was Howard Baker and Mike Killingworth with two outright wins on their F2 machine by an average of 40sec each time as Ralph Remnant and Samantha Tilley took a second and a third overall while open class runners Eades/Green and Waddington/Storey also scored rostrum finishes.