A mat­ter of sup­port

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The pro­gramme of events hap­pen­ing at Far­leigh Cas­tle cir­cuit that far off week­end in July shows a packed week­end of entertainment for ridicu­lously low prices.

Take the Satur­day for in­stance, with two prac­tice ses­sions and two qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions start­ing at noon and go­ing on un­til 5pm, ad­mis­sion for adults was 50p with kids free. The rac­ing would be al­most as good as the fol­low­ing day’s GP.

On GP day there was a 9am start, with three prac­tice ses­sions, then a break for lunch with drum ma­jorettes lead­ing out the pa­rade of in­ter­na­tional rid­ers.

To warm the crowds up – and there were crowds – a Maico Tro­phy race took place then the first leg of the GP. As rid­ers and me­chan­ics sorted their GP bikes the Kawasaki In­vi­ta­tion race kept the spec­ta­tors at fever pitch, which only height­ened the an­tic­i­pa­tion and had the crowd keen for the ac­tion of the sec­ond heat. Be­fore that though the Royal Marines showed the world how a marine does a para­chute drop. Then fi­nally it was there, the sec­ond heat! An in­vi­ta­tion race rounded off the ac­tion then there was the prize-giv­ing as the day ended and the crowd went home en­ter­tained.

But what of the sup­port­ing races? Was the ac­tion tame? No, far from it as an­other 19-year-old set to carve his name in the record books – Jeremy What­ley – dom­i­nated all three races. In the Maico race he pulled such a com­mand­ing lead that by half way he was eight sec­onds in the lead and had dou­bled that dis­tance by the end. He didn’t quite have it all his own way in the Kawasaki race as Steve Beamish was so close they swapped the lead through­out the race and even, on the fifth lap, when the pair tan­gled and fell, re­mounted and car­ried on they were so far in front no one could catch them and again What­ley took the flag. The fi­nal in­vi­ta­tion race looked to be a re­peat but Beamish fell and lost 10 places as a re­sult, places he couldn’t get back and What­ley emerged win­ner again.

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