The CRMC Don­ing­ton Fes­ti­val

Classic Racer - - REGULAR PADDOCK GOSSIP - Words: Richard Adams

The series had a record 42 rid­ers and bikes en­tered and the Lans­downe had a to­tal of four races. The Fri­day race saw the first four Bon­hams’ rid­ers, Chris Firmin, Dean Stimp­son, Glen English and Mike Rus­sell, cross the line just 0.624 sec­onds apart. In the WRR class, the first three, Bain, Stokes and Roberts, were just one sec­ond apart. This set the stan­dard for the week­end, the largest mar­gin cov­er­ing the first four be­ing 3.6 secs. Nick Roberts took three and Ian Bain one, with Robin Stokes, Seb Perez, Richard Hann, Chris Bas­sett, Mike Far­rall, Tony Perkin and Richard El­lis all chas­ing the run­ners-up spots. There were three win­ners in the Bon­hams class, with Glen English tak­ing two and Chris Firmin and Dean Stimp­son a win apiece. In the Avon tyres 350 class all four races went the way of Jeff Bing, con­sis­tently ahead of last year’s cham­pion Ian Lu­cas. Guest rider for the week­end, Bernard Mur­ray, on a 350 AJS 7R, took a cou­ple of sec­ond places. In the TCM class Dun­can Fitch­ett roared away to four wins on Andy Sav­age’s longstroke Manx but cham­pi­onship leader Sam Rhodes was never far away when the Ve­lo­cette ig­ni­tion was not play­ing up. Mike Hose was hav­ing a guest ride on another long-stroke Manx and Peter Crew and Pa­trick Walker were cam­paign­ing their Vin­cent twins and Char­lie Wil­liams a Far­rall Rudge.

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