Lans­downe up­date

Classic Racer - - REGULAR PADDOCK GOSSIP -

The Lans­downe cir­cus vis­ited Cas­tle Combe, with the North Glos Club re­cently and in qual­i­fy­ing, Mike Rus­sell stole pole po­si­tion from Dean Stimp­son by just 0.077sec­ond, with Glen English just 0.577 be­hind. Race one, over eight laps of the 1.85 mile cir­cuit was led from the start by Glen English, Chris Firmin, Alex Sin­clair, Dean Stimp­son and Mike Rus­sell. After the eight laps they all crossed the fin­ish line within three sec­onds of each other, and their fastest laps were only 0.3secs apart. The or­der was English, Firmin, Sin­clair, Stimp­son and Rus­sell, with Rus­sell get­ting the fastest lap. The Mu­seum WRR class was won by cham­pi­onship leader Seb Perez fromtony Perkin and Richard Hann, and the Avon 350cc class win went to Ian Lu­cas, ahead of Roger Ashby and Ge­orge Chap­man.the Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle hon­ours were claimed by Sam Rhodes, Ve­lo­cette, with Dun­can Fitch­ett, Manx, and Peter Crew, 1000cc Vin­cent. Race two car­ried on where race one left off un­til Stimp­son stepped off the Iz­zard Manx in a big way, break­ing off the fork yokes, which split up the pack. The fin­ish­ing or­der was Firmin, Rus­sell and Sam Clews – hav­ing his best ride of the year. In the WRR class Perkin got the bet­ter of Perez with Hann third again. All the 350cc bikes had prob­lems and in the TCM class the Rhodes Ve­lo­cette ex­pired leav­ing Fitch­ett to win from Crew’s Vin­cent and Dave Ma­traver’s Manx. By race three the Iz­zard team had re­built Stimp­son’s Manx with a bor­rowed set of front forks but it was to no avail as 300yards from the start there was a com­ing to­gether of four bikes in mid­field, and with three of the rid­ers hurt the race was red-flagged. The air-med he­li­copter was brought in along with two am­bu­lances which caused a long stop­page and it was de­cided not to re­run the race. Thank­fully all rid­ers will re­cover, with the worst in­juries be­ing two bro­ken legs and a col­lar bone, all suf­fered by Andy Clews.

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