PRE-Injection teams headed north to East Fortune for their fourth FSRA championship round last weekend as they joined the Melville Motor Club in Scotland.
And after a wet qualifying session, the weather turned for the better with hot and dry conditions for the remainder of the weekend.
In the opening race, Rob Fisher and Rick Long (600 Baker Thundercat) started on pole beside father and son duo Jody / Reece Sims (600 FZR Yamaha). The Sims’ team-mates Hayley Christie / Mathew Sims (600 Thundercat) made it a three-way battle for the lead, swapping places several times.
Next up were first timers to East Fortune, Andy / Joanne Thomas (600 Thundercat), ahead of Gerald / Daniel Hodgson (600 Shelbourne Honda).
After six of the eight laps, the yellow Express Tyres backed machine pulled off track to retirement as Fisher and Long suffered a foul clutch. The Sims duo claimed full points for their win, with Christie/ Sims coming in second, with the husband and wife Thomas combination completing the podium.
In the F1 category, numbers were down for the Scottish leg of the championship and mechanical disasters during practice meant the R1 long wheel based machine of Lee Chadwick / Steve Fairclough had to be parked up for the weekend with terminal issues which could not be resolved in the paddock.
Missing from the line up was Joe Heys, who was suffering from back injuries, and also Simon Horton due to commitments at Chimay the following weekend.
Wes Pettman (720 Yamaha) travelled up from Gravesend, pairing up with new local passenger Ruby Pring. The two Steves – Alexander and Woolcott (Kawasaki GPZ1000) also made a long distance journey from Suffolk. Dave Tibbles / Raitch Greenwood (Yamaha FJ1100) completed the three surviving F1 combinations on the grid. After an excellent start it was the FJ1100 that took the first place with Pettman a close second, and the two Steves in third.
Due to unfortunate track incidents and oil spillages it was not possible to run the full Saturday race program as the club ran out of time. Both the Scottish club and the FSRA agreed that both parties were willing to run on a combined grid to save time which worked very well, enabling all sidecars to have three races on the Sunday, on a full grid of over 20 outfits.
It was a routine win for Fisher / Long in the opening F2 race of Sunday, with the Sims taking the runner up position and the Thomas pairing having a spirited ride to third place.
Tibbles / Greenwood repeated their Saturday success with the race one F1 win, fending off Pettman / Pring, with Alexander/Woolcott GPZ third.
Once again in race three, Fisher/ Long and the Sims crossed the line first and second. Christie / Sims were third, while bad luck struck on the final lap for the Thomas’s with a clutch problem side-lining them. Pettman / Pring this time got the better of Tibbles / Greenwood to claim their first win of the weekend in the F1 ranks, with Alexander / Woolcott third.
In the final race of the event, Fisher / Long made up for their Saturday disappointment, with a perfect hat-trick of wins on Sunday, but this time the inter-team rivalry of the Sims and Christie / Sims provided an exciting scrap, swapping positions throughout the race with the outfits crossing the line in close company.
Pettman / Pring took the final F1 win ahead of Tibbles/Greenwood and Alexander / Woolcott in third.
*Image: Dirk Wharton