The sea­son so far

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

The Lans­downe sea­son kicked off at Pem­brey over the Easter week­end as guests of the CRMC, and ran in un­sea­son­ably warm and sunny weather. Thirty rid­ers en­tered the var­i­ous classes to kick-start their points tally for the sea­son. Satur­day morn­ing qual­i­fy­ing saw the Bon­hams class run­ners at the sharp end, with Dean Stimp­son, Iz­zard Rac­ing Manx, top­ping the timesheets with a 1:06.383s lap, and Chris Bas­sett head­ing up The Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum-spon­sored WRR class. Race one saw the thun­der­ing pack charg­ing down to the tight­est hair­pin on the cal­en­dar, with drum brakes tested to the max at the test­ing bot­tle­neck. In the Bon­hams-spon­sored class Stimp­son was away with it, tak­ing the win from ACR Manx­mounted Chris Firmin. In the WRR, Bas­sett took the class win from Ian Bain on his Manx. In race two Glen English took an early lead on Ed Fen­wick’s Manx and kept his nose ahead of Stimp­son the whole race, only to be over­hauled at the death by 0.4sec. Be­hind them, the two ACR team-mates Chris Firmin and Sam Clews were beat­ing each other up and were sep­a­rated by 0.7 sec. In race three, Glen English was not to be de­nied the win this time and was fol­lowed home by Stimp­son and Firmin who were just a whisker apart. In the WRR, Bain took the win from Tony Perkin. In race four it was may­hem on the first lap at the hair­pin. Firmin went down and three or four rid­ers tripped over each other avoid­ing the wreck­age, and Firmin. A red flag en­sued. On the restart English and Stimp­son bat­tled it out with Stimp­son tak­ing the win. In the WRR class it was Bas­sett from Bain from Tony Perkin. Through­out all four races Alex Sin­clair on the Ri­p­ley Land long-stroke Manx fought it out with Sam Rhodes on Graham Austen’s Ve­lo­cette for The Classic Mo­tor­cy­cle- spon­sored class hon­ours. Just three weeks later the Lans­downe circus moved to Donington Park for a new meet­ing or­gan­ised by En­durance Legends, with the CRMC run­ning the rac­ing on track. The Lans­downe had three 10-lap races and it evolved into a great meet­ing al­though Satur­day dawned a bit wet and mis­er­able but thank­fully soon cleared up. Mike Rus­sell put the Richard Adams’ Manx on pole on a wet and slip­pery track. Race one saw dry con­di­tions make for a crack­ing race, with Stimp­son hold­ing off Rus­sell by a wheel at the flag with the ACR jockey and cur­rent champ Firmin charg­ing through to third from ninth on the grid. In the Mu­seum-spon­sored WRR class, Bain was hounded all race by Bas­sett with Perkin third. The TCM class had a good mix­ture of bikes, Rudge, Tri­umph, Vin­cent and Ve­lo­cette. Char­lie Wil­liams was out for a ride on a Far­rall Rudge but it ended in tears as the crank­case split hor­i­zon­tally, ex­pos­ing the crank­shaft. Rhodes on the Velo took the win from Pa­trick Walker on his nice and loud Vin­cent twin. Race two was on a sunny Sun­day morn­ing and Glen English lit the Manx touch pa­per and fired into an early lead with Stimp­son and Rus­sell both in close at­ten­dance. Stimp­son was first across the line with a lap record. Bain again took the WRR win and Sam ‘Rodeo’ Rhodes charged to an­other TCM win. With the sun belt­ing down, race three saw English grab the lead from the start, with Rus­sell and Stimp­son mix­ing it at the front. Even­tu­ally Stimp­son forced his way to the front with Rus­sell push­ing his Avon Tyres to the limit to keep tag, and all the time Firmin was scyth­ing his way through the field even­tu­ally push­ing English to fourth. In the WRR class, Ian Bain took the win from Chris ‘The Hound’ Bas­sett and George Thomas on an im­mac­u­late Dun­nell Manx. The Rhodes Velo limped home to take the TCM class win with a rat­tling big-end. Af­ter an ex­cel­lent first two meet­ings, the Lans­downe or­gan­is­ers, ma­chine own­ers, and rid­ers thank their spon­sors, Bon­hams, The Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum, Avon Tyres and The Classic Mo­tor­cy­cle. The up­com­ing rounds of the Lans­downe are: June 3-4, Cad­well Park; July 8-9, Cas­tle Combe; Au­gust 4-5-6, Donington Park; Oc­to­ber 7-8, Brands Hatch.

Dean Stimp­son (78, Iz­zard Nor­ton) three-time win­ner, bat­tles with Chris Firmin (1, ACR Nor­ton)

Glen English (25, Works Nor­ton) in front of his neme­sis, Dean Stimp­son (78, Iz­zard Nor­ton) who took a clean sweep of wins.

Mike Hose (6, Ri­p­ley Land Match­less) had a race-long dice with young­ster, Sam Clews (90, ACR Nor­ton)

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