JOHN McGuinness, Michael Rutter, Dan Cooper and Jason O’Halloran are among the names set to line up at Darley Moor this weekend in a bid to wrangle the crown from reigning Stars at Darley champion Peter Hickman.
The traditional finale to the Darley Moor Motorcycle Road Race Club season takes place this weekend, October 8 and 9 at the Derbyshire track.
Other big names joining them on the grid include Stuart Easton, Steve Mercer, Daley Mathison and former Darley regular Ricky Tarren while a number of Darley championship regulars will also be having a shot at the club’s biggest prize of the year, which will be decided over two races on Sunday.
Aside from the headline event, there will be plenty of serious action on track as a number of the regular club championships are decided. Of the 19 championships, nine have still to be won.
This weekend will see a change in the format. Instead of the usual two short races there all classes will have one longer race of 15 laps, where double points are at stake.
Andrew Lowe leads two championships, with a 25 point lead on Jamie Pearson with Chris North a further six points back in the Pre Injection 600 class.
However, the battle in the Pre98’s (Up to 1300cc) class is much closer. Mark Brailsford trails by just nine points with Pearson again a further 10 points back.
Chris Moore has already secured the Pre98’s (Up to 500cc) title, but this weekend will try and add the Lightweight title to his 2016 achievements. Neil Lloyd is his only title challenger, but he needs to bridge a 19 point deficit first.
Carl Morris and Steve Proctor will go head-to-head in the Peak Cup race. Both are on the same points at the head of the table and with nobody else challenging for the title, the first man home will take the crown.
Morris is already the Open Solo Champion and will be trying to add the Peak Cup title to his achievements while Proctor will also have his eyes on the Formula 600 Championship where he currently sits in second place.
In the Classic 250s, Glenn Atkinson leads Mark Cockerton by 21 points, with Geoff Hadwin a further 11 points adrift, while Anthony Porter leads the Steel Framed 600 class
by 26 points over Dave Marsden.
Gary Widdowson heads the Classic 500 Championship by 12 points, but there are another three racers still in with a shout of this title.
Oliver Presswood lies second, while Gordon Thorpe and Andy Bacon are tied on points in third place.
Lloyd Shelley is another competitor hoping to be crowned a double champion this weekend.
He currently leads Steve Proctor by nine points in the Formula 600 class, but also holds a 28 point advantage over Jamie Horner in the Sound of Thunder class.
The weekend starts with a test day on Saturday with racing on Sunday, with the first race due to get underway at 11.30am.
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