TWO circuits shook up action at the Wirral 100 Club’s now-traditional mid-summer Anglesey meeting, while tragedy marred the double-header weekend.
Saturday’s Coastal layout and Sunday’s International layout scraps were blighted by the circuit’s first fatal racing incident, involving Formula 600 rider Craig Bell, but club bosses forged ahead and racers racked up more points as they entered the second half of the season.
Time lost on Saturday meant that the Anglesey Senior and Junior Open races were cancelled, so the two races at the end of the day on Sunday were increased in length to compensate.
Formula 600 triple-winner David Jones left the fray of the Senior race on lap one, leaving Powerbikes ace Johnny Blackshaw to win comfortably from Jamie Harris, followed by the best of the 600s – Chris Eden, Barry Dimelow and Chris Jones.
Mike Bampton and David Evans led the Junior Open on their 650 Twins, followed home by Jake Clark and Osian Jones, who were preparing for their next outings in the British Motostar races at Knockhill next weekend.
In the SSR Suspension Golden Era Supersport class, championship leader Tim Bradley extended his points advantage with four comfortable wins. Behind him, however, the other places were hotly contested with Gethin Edwards, Jason Edwards and Ray Stevenson swapping positions race-by-race.
The Golden Era riders shared track time with the 650 Twins, and in this class the top two regular riders again dominated with Bampton securing three wins and Tim Sayers one.
Four of the other classes also had either triple or quadruple winners – Greg Lewis in Pre-Injection, Paul Tye in Forgotten Era, Adrian Kershaw in 100-500cc Allcomers and Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie in the W100 Sidecars, the latter of whom are in final preparation stages for their Southern 100 debut.
Lewis’s four Pre-Injection wins gave him a total of seven across the weekend, whilst the four dominant wins of Tye means that he is now undefeated in eight races this year. Adrian Morris was Tye’s nearest rival on Saturday, while Dan Hanby followed him home on Sunday.
Allcomers ace Kerhaw usually has his own way, but this weekend there was stiff opposition in the form of Paul Metcalfe, who grabbed victory in race one. Kershaw bagged the other three wins, but he was made to work for it as he was hunted down by two teenagers – Clark and Jones – on Honda NSF machinery.
Team ARC duo Crawford and Hardie, who currently sit second in the British F2 Sidecar championship, were beaten just the once in the W100 Sidecar ranks by Steve and Matty Ramsden, fellow contenders in the FSRA series.
As with Oulton Park in April, this weekend also played host to a round of the FSRA Lane Building Services Pre-Injection Sidecar championship, and with 18 starters, including two lady drivers and eight lady passengers, the action heated up.
Pole-setters John Shipley Jnr and Milo Ward easily won race one, but an engine failure in race two curtailed their weekend, and it was the duo of Simon and Adam Buxton, with two wins and two seconds, who went home happiest while Stuart Anderson and Kerry Hughes won the other race.
The Earlystocks racers also joined the Anglesey action where they shared track time with the Forgotten Era bikes, and Michael Hand, Matt Goodfield, Allan Hoyland and Kevin Jones all came up victorious.
*Images: Neil Lambert