For­mula for suc­cess at An­gle­sey meet­ing

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THE Wir­ral 100 Mo­tor Club makes its fi­nal visit of the year to An­gle­sey Cir­cuit this week­end for the con­clud­ing rounds of the 2018 sea­son.

The race meet­ing will run on the 2.1 mile In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit con­fig­u­ra­tion with a host of Cham­pi­onship races, some An­gle­sey-based clas­sic bikes on pa­rade in the pad­dock area, and the 25th run­ning of the An­gle­sey Grand, spon­sored by Paul Bland Mo­tor­sport.

Af­ter qual­i­fy­ing prac­tice on Satur­day morn­ing, there will be two cham­pi­onship races for all classes plus two open races at the end of the day.

On Sun­day, most of the classes will have a fur­ther two cham­pi­onship races, but those on Power­bikes and For­mula 600s will have one, en­abling many of them to com­pete in the An­gle­sey Grand, the re­main­der to en­ter frolic/tro­phy races.

The club goes into the fi­nal rounds with only three of the 11 cham­pi­ons de­cided – Adrian Kershaw (100-500cc All­com­ers), Paul Tye (For­got­ten Era), and Tim Bradley (G/E Su­per­sport), whilst John Ship­ley and Jon Saidi look un­likely to be over­hauled in the Open Side­cars.

Other classes are much closer, with cur­rent leader Ja­son Ed­wards, Ge­of­frey Lunn and Gethin Ed­wards all in with a real shout in the Pre-In­jec­tion class, Mike Bamp­ton still catch­able by Tim Say­ers and David Evans in the 650 Twins, with the lat­ter pair also in close con­tention for the Ju­nior Open class.

The real nail-biters will be in the For­mula 600 and Power­bikes classes.

With three races to go, David Jones and An­gle­sey’s own Jamie Har­ris are tied in the 600s on 135 points. Har­ris trails Johnny Black­shaw by just seven points in Power­bikes, with Jones still in con­tention.

The Pre-Elec­tron­ics cham­pi­onship is also close, with John Jack­son just four points ahead of Neil Per­ci­val. And fi­nally, only nine points sep­a­rate Har­ris and Black­shaw in the Se­nior Open class.

The fo­cus of Sun­day af­ter­noon will be the two 12-lap legs of the An­gle­sey Grand.

En­try is by in­vi­ta­tion and this show­piece will fea­ture not only those Power­bikes and F600 rid­ers who have com­peted suc­cess­fully in past W100 meet­ings and other events, but also those other rid­ers im­press­ing on Satur­day.

The first three on ag­gre­gate will win some iconic glass­ware, there will be a spe­cial award for the best F600, and £2,000 of prize money is on of­fer.

If the go­ing is dry, the 1000cc Power­bikes should have the edge, with Adam Jenk­in­son, pro­vid­ing he can get his hands on a bike, aim­ing for his fifth An­gle­sey Grand win in suc­ces­sion.

His main ri­vals are likely to be his en­durance rac­ing team­mate Black­shaw and W100 stal- warts David Jones and Har­ris, both de­serv­ing to add the Grand to their long list of suc­cesses here.

De­spite the ob­vi­ous power dis­ad­van­tages, the 600’s al­ways en­joy these longer races and put on a good show.

Chris Eden and Barry Dimelow are the best of the re­turn­ing 600s from last year.

Jamie Har­ris will be gun­ning for glory at An­gle­sey Cir­cuit this week­end

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