A matter of support
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.