Scottish Classic GRAND NATIONA AL
July 15/16, 2017 – Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway
Word going round the paddock at the Scottish Grand National MX was along the lines of “what a fantastic setting…” and it certainly was a great place to hold a scramble. Laid out by the Scottish Classic Racing Motorcycle Club’s scrambles section, the track was not particularly technical but provided lots of close racing with few spills and a great weekend for competitors and spectators alike. CDB only managed one day – Sunday – which was fine, warm and sunny, though apparently Saturday had some interesting weather. In any case, the track was in prime condition thanks to the rain, with more than one rider saying how dusty it would have been otherwise. Riders from several European countries such as Belgium, France and Eire, plus a few coming further afield from the USA and Australia, joined a full contingent of Scottish and English riders. On hand to mingle, mix and present an award or two at the end was former world MX champion Graham Noyce. The racing was split up into popular classes of pre-68 unlimited, pre-75 unlimited, twinshock 60+ chancers, twinshock over 50s, twinshock under 50s and a couple of team races. Once the last rider of a race crossed the line, the next race was on the grid waiting for starter Darren Hudson to drop the gates. What followed when he did was either 10 or 12 minutes plus one lap of racing and the difference being dependent on the particular class. Though the faster riders in each race soon pulled away from the pack that didn’t mean the racing was any less competitive further down the field as there was as much action in 10th place as there was for first. In the end, the last race
And they’re off… the gate drops on the Pre-75 unlimited race.