WIRRAL 100 riders descended on Anglesey in Wales this past weekend for their traditional mid-summer double-header.
With sun shining down on the 1.55 mile Coastal circuit on Saturday, it was only during the final race of Sunday’s proceedings on the 2.10 mile International track that red flags put an early end to action with rain imminent.
In the AS Suspension Services Golden Era Supersport races it was a topsy-turvy sort of weekend. James Leatham came out on top with two wins and two seconds, and moved to within eight points of championship leader Simon Robins who contrastingly had a win, a third, a fall, and a fifth. Despite a fall, former champion Ray Stevenson had his best weekend of the season so far, as did Martin Clare and Damian Davis.
The 650 Twins shared track-time with the Golden Eras and in this class Manxman Tim Sayers, with two wins and two thirds, consolidated his lead. His main rival Mike Bampton had a race win then a blow-up, whilst Max Dixon won a race on Saturday but was unable to compete on Sunday.
Several of the other classes also had impressive and commendable quadruple or triple winners across the two days – Dan Jones (100-500cc Allcomers) and Chris Ganderton (Pre-Injection) with four each and Phil Millard (Forgotten Era) and Michael Hand with three each.
British Motostar favourite Dan Jones switched to one of the three Bryn Taff 125 Hondas entered for the weekend and did his confidence no harm with four comfortable wins. Andy Jackson, who also stormed off for two dominant Junior Open wins, followed him home each time. There was a similar tale in the Pre-Injection races where Chris Ganderton had the upper hand on Jon Wright; James Leatham was the best of the 600’s and it was good to see Tim Poole, the Anglesey Grand winner in the three years from 1999 to 2001, picking up a good third place.
Phil Millard had won both Forgotten Era races at the club’s one-day March meeting and was again in dominant form; he won the first three races but with an engine showing visible signs of wear and tear he sensibly withdrew from the final race; this enabled Craig Newton, another W100 rider recently returned to racing and getting faster and faster as the weekend progressed, to claim a popular victory. Stephen Kennedy and Ian Riley were the best of the rest.
The Earlystocks Racing Club riders were guests at this meeting and shared track-time with the Forgotten Era bikes. These beasty pre-1987 bikes were again a great spectacle with Michael Hand taking wins in the first three races and John Chambers a win in race four.
Chiefs gave the playful Headache of the Weekend Award to Jake Wall after his brave but unsuccessful attempt at grass-tracking at and beyond the first corner.
The Most Frequent Visitor to Race Control Award went to Geoff Lunn for seeking constant permission to do extra warm-ups laps to cure a persistent misfire.
*Images: Neil Lambert