CRMC Round One: Snet­ter­ton

The CRMC’S 2017 open­ing day, mid-march, saw all classes lim­ited to one race fol­low­ing weather and oil is­sues but the Sun­day at Snet­ter­ton saw dry, windy con­di­tions and a full pro­gramme of races that pro­duced some en­thralling ac­tion. Rus­sell Lee and Gra­ham

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Gra­ham Lawlor and Russ Lee were in at­ten­dance at the open­ing CRMC event in the flat­lands of Nor­folk. Here's their re­port on the event.

1: Joe Bar­ton has been added to the line-up of Lee Hodge and Mark Cron­shaw at Min­no­va­tion Racing, where he will help to de­velop the team’s 7R based 350 model and also ride one of their G50 Match­lesses (as shown here).

2: Squadron Leader Sy­mon Wood­ward set a fine ex­am­ple for the large con­tin­gent of RAFMSA rac­ers with a three-timer in the air-cooled 250 class on his RD250. The 49-year-old en­gi­neer­ing of­fi­cer from RAF Sy­er­ston did, how­ever, slightly blot his copy­book with a heavy fall from his RD400 in the P/C 500 class.

3: Tom Nor­ton was one of the stars of the meet­ing with his spec­tac­u­lar rid­ing on the Kawasaki 1170 P/C Su­per­bike.

4: A brief mo­ment of alarm for David Holden/ Kr­ishna Hanns (Yamaha 750) but for­tu­nately this was one of those oc­ca­sions when grav­ity turned out to be their friend. They went on to fin­ish all three races.

5: Sun­day saw a good en­try of Clas­sic 50s, with Sam Grief (Krei­dler) com­fort­ably tak­ing the honours in both races from Paul Whit­ing (Kawasaki) and Kevin Bur­ton (UFO Minarelli). Grief holds the John Sid­dons Tro­phy, do­nated and pre­sented by Bill Spencer (right) in mem­ory of his re­cently de­ceased friend and well known 50cc en­thu­si­ast. 4 2 3

6: Us­ing his spare Honda XL en­gine af­ter a Satur­day blow-up, Brian Hop­wood put in a pair of storm­ing rides to take the air­cooled 500 honours in both of Sun­day’s rounds.

7: Af­ter two years of poor health ev­ery­one was de­lighted to see the re­turn of John Hynes on his Du­cati Mk.3. In­cred­i­bly, he won all three 250 Euro­pean races, thereby find­ing him­self the very pop­u­lar win­ner of the rider of the meet­ing award.

8: As usual, Ian Ash­ley/roy Cun­ning­ham were speed and smooth­ness per­son­i­fied on their im­mac­u­late Pe­riod 2 BMW 750.

9: New fa­ther, Olie Lins­dell, was first time out on this Rob North T150 and was quickly up to speed, win­ning both Sun­day’s For­mula 750 races.

10: Not rec­om­mended for view­ers of a ner­vous dis­po­si­tion! The P/C Open 125cc class car­ried on where it left off last sea­son with three out­ra­geously close races. Here Jor­dan Green­shields (5) at­tempts to hold off kid brother Aiden (24) and 2016 cham­pion, Steph Wad­de­low (34), all rid­ing RS Hon­das.

11: This is the only view rid­ers got of Grant Good­ings (FZ600 Yamaha) as he led all three Ju­nior Pro­duc­tion races from flag to flag.

1: An­other sea­son, an­other Alan Oversby mas­ter­class. The quiet man from Carn­forth made it look so easy as he saw off a high qual­ity field in the 350 Twins and Euro­peans on the Davies Motorsport Honda.

2: The open­ing round of the 2017 Min­no­va­tion/acu Clas­sic 500 was a cracker, with de­fend­ing cham­pion Mike Cooper (24, Craven Manx) and young pre­tender Richard Mol­nar (1, Mol­nar Manx) en­gag­ing in a no-holds-barred ten-lap bat­tle. Cooper got it by just 0.029 sec­onds and this cham­pi­onship al­ready looks as if it will go to the wire.

3: TTRA Pres­i­dent Alex Ge­orge doesn’t live far from Snet­ter­ton and he was on the spot to hand out the Min­no­va­tion/ ACU Clas­sic 500 prizes. Left to right: Rich Mol­nar (Sec­ond place, Mol­nar Manx); win­ner Mike Cooper (Craven Manx) and, right, third place man, Alan Oversby (Davies Motorsport Honda).

4: Ge­orge Hog­ton-rusling (Suzuki 1100) recorded a blis­ter­ing lap of 92.553mph en route to an in­spired vic­tory in the Her­cberg In­ter­na­tional Clas­sic Race of Aces, which is the first round of the CRMC King of the Clas­sic Se­ries. Tom Nor­ton (left, Kawasaki 1170) and Mike Cooper (right, Craven TZ350) were left to scrap it out for the mi­nor podium places. Alex Ge­orge joins GHR on the top step of the podium to present the cup and cash.

5: Early stages of the Her­cberg In­ter­na­tional Clas­sic Race of Aces with Kevin Who­ley (31, TZ350) lead­ing the charge.

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