SCORES of solos, scooters and sidecars rolled into Lydden Hill last weekend as the final British club race of 2019 roared into action.
While Tom Ward scored the Lord of Lydden Trophy, it was recently-crowned World Champions Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes who defend their title as Sidecar Burn Up champions.
The Adolf Yamaha-powered duo dominated the F1/F2 races over the weekend and despite Andy Peach and Ken Edwards getting within 1.8sec of the back-to-back winners, with Brian Gray and Jason Pitt scoring a handful of thirds, nothing could stop Reeves and Wilkes from the Burn Up win as Peach and Edwards beat Ian Guy and Jed Pilmoor-Brady to the runner-up spot.
Gray and Pitt scooped three of the four Classic Sidecar wins, however, pipping BEARS aces Sean Hegarty and James Neave in the opener before Hegarty and Neave notched up a win of their own while Scott Whitaker/Simon Wilkins, David Holden/Krishna Hanns and Hans Boelsma/Geertruida van der Burg were among the other podium finishers.
MRO 600 front-runner Jamie Kelman pipped Doug Edmondson to the opening Production 400/MZ win by a mere 0.162sec, but it was all Edmondson for the rest of the weekend as the Yamaha Past Masters champ beat Kelman, Jamie Le Masurier and James Seath to chalk up a hat-trick of victories.
Endurance regular Bob Collins took the reigns of an SV650 for the weekend and beat Minitwin man Dan Harris to Saturday’s combined Pre-86/Supertwin spoils with Supermono rider Dan Ledger taking third, but on Sunday it was all Harris as he doubled up with two wins while Tigcraft-mounted Alan Russell beat Ledger to second.
Johnny Garness lifted the Junior Lord of Lydden title as FAB Racing joined the action at Lydden Hill as the youngster beat Thomas Gomes by 1.6sec and scored the trophy. He and Clayton Edmunds had already shared the GP70 class wins earlier in the weekend, while Lucas Brown beat Ronnie Harris and Olly Horner to a clean sweep of GP50 wins.
In the finale of the BSSO championships, Stewart McKenzie swept Saturday’s Stock Scooter action, pipping Jason Metivier and Stuart Day in the opening scrap before lady racer Nikita McNally joined the overall podium in race two. But it was all change on Sunday as Metivier was the man on top, taking a clear win in race three before narrowly beating Justin Price by some 0.176sec to the final win.
Tom Shaw drew first blood in the opening Super Scooter battle, but Stephen Wright and Stewart McKenzie went head-to-head as the latter grabbed victory by just 0.185sec in race two. Shaw was back in front in races three and four, however, completing his hat-trick with Wright, Day and Warren Wilkinson all bagging rostrum finishes.
*Images: Lee Hollick