Feast of rac­ing as rid­ers head for is­land cir­cuit


THIS week­end’s Wir­ral 100 Mo­tor Club fast sport­ing feast brings to­gether qual­ity rac­ing, the cream of Bri­tish For­mula 2 side­cars com­pet­ing for ti­tles and the nos­tal­gia of clas­sic bike pa­rades to An­gle­sey Cir­cuit.

With three of the five rounds com­pleted, the var­i­ous club cham­pi­onships are now be­gin­ning to take shape, so once again the spec­tac­u­lar coastal cir­cuit is go­ing to be busy.

Johnny Black­shaw has been in im­pe­ri­ous form in the Power- bikes class, un­beaten in eight races, but things might get more dif­fi­cult this week­end with his friend and neigh­bour Sean Neary on a BMW maybe for the first time and hav­ing a break from ac­tion in the na­tional Du­cati TriOp­tions Cup, mak­ing a sur­prise first W100 ap­pear­ance of the year and cer­tain to be at or near the front.

An­gle­sey’s own Jamie Har­ris em­barks on his sec­ond out­ing here on a big bike and af­ter his per­for­mances in June he too is likely to fea­ture strongly.

So too are Chris Barnes, sec­ond in the 2016 An­gle­sey Grand, Joe Raven­scroft, cur­rently sec- ond in the championship, and Barry Dimelow, hav­ing a ride on the in­jured Matt Jones’ bike this week­end.

The Paul Bland Mo­tor­sport For­mula 600 class will again have ap­proach­ing 40 rid­ers and with championship leader Jamie Devine ab­sent, there will again a dif­fer­ent leader by Sun­day evening.

Favourites are the con­sis­tently fast Adrian Kershaw and for­mer cham­pion Har­ris, who missed the first two rounds, and then won all four races in June. Chris Eden, Si­mon Napier and Chris Jones will be there to vac­uum up the re­main­ing pick­ings, but they will be joined by the re­turn­ing David Jones and Glenn Walker.

In the 650 Twins championship it is good that the three lead­ing con­tenders – Mike Bamp­ton, David Evans and An­drew Gan­der­ton – are new to such promi­nence.

In June, how­ever, vet­eran Carl Roberts was fastest in qual­i­fy­ing, fastest on lap one of race one, had his throt­tle stick open on lap two, and was never seen again. The rest be warned – he’s back.

The fea­ture races for side­cars, and for many the high­light of the week­end, will be the two 20-lap legs of the Bri­tish For­mula 2 Championship.

The Wir­ral 100 has a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in these races as the championship’s lead­ing driver is cur­rently Peter Founds, and joint sec­ond place are Steve and Matty Rams­den, who have been reg­u­lar win­ners of W100 club meet­ings.

Ad­di­tion­ally, there will be 15-minute clas­sic bike pa­rades, sched­uled to take place in the early af­ter­noon on both Satur­day and Sun­day.

The bikes, from Ve­lo­cettes to BSAs, See­leys to AJSs and from Kredlers to NSUs, will be on dis­play all through the week­end.

Stephen Rams­den and Matty Rams­den in ac­tion at An­gle­sey Cir­cuit

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