BOB SMITH SPRING CUP SCAR­BOR­OUGH

A mix­ture of re­cent clas­sics and hand-built pure rac­ers made their mark at the Bob Smith Spring Cup.

Classic Racer - - PEOPLE - Words: Lenny Hart­ley Pic­tures: Jingly Jan­gly Images

1. Dave Bell put on a bril­liant dis­play on the 1000cc-en­gined Yamaha OW01.YOU can see how hard he was rid­ing to win, and set fastest laps on both Satur­day and Sun­day, by the hole in the fair­ing which has been rubbed away.

2. Michael Hand’s race one on Sun­day saw him fin­ish third, af­ter crash­ing the 600 on Satur­day. He started the F1 a lit­tle sore, got a great start and was ly­ing sec­ond af­ter lap one, un­for­tu­nately the rear brake de­cided to seize up half way round lap two which re­sulted in him hav­ing to re­tire. 3. Phil Stead had prob­lems all Satur­day with one of the cylin­ders run­ning re­ally lean, which caused it to stop twice dur­ing the day. But af­ter a full re­build on Satur­day night till 1am he found the prob­lem, it was the crank seal let­ting air in! Phil had to start at the back of the grid on Sun­day be­cause of miss­ing Satur­day’s qual­i­fy­ing. He fin­ished sec­ond in the light­weight and was bat­tling with Craig Neve for sec­ond in the classic Su­per­bike when on the last lap he ran out of fuel. He set a new lap record in that race.

4. A great fourth on the Satur­day for Gary Graves, fol­lowed by a steady fifth on the Sun­day on the Rob Wil­son-built Kawasaki ZXR-750 which was the first Classic Race that the Scar­bor­ough reg­u­lar has rid­den – on a bike that was only picked up a cou­ple of days be­fore the meet­ing. Out against the modern bikes in the open races nei­ther rider nor bike disgraced, beat­ing modern 1000cc ma­chines.

5. Su­perb per­for­mance by the Moto3 Star Joe Thomp­son on ayama­hatz250 in the Light­weight Races. He won both races over the week­end, set­ting fastest lap in both and was the talk of the town on Sun­day night as he was get­ting his el­bow down Moto3 style at the exit of the Esses, now called Ago’s.

6. Not a week­end to re­mem­ber for Phil Har­vey. He re­tired from both Satur­day and Sun­day’s Light­weight Races.

7. In many peo­ple’s eyes the star of the meet­ing was Mor­gan Govi­gnon. His spec­tac­u­lar style on the Boxer BMW won him many fans.the ma­chine was pre­pared by three stu­dents for an en­gi­neer­ing project and fin­ished fifth on the Satur­day but missed the Sun­day Classic Race as Mor­gan had to head home to France via Hull so couldn’t fac­tor in the Sun­day event.

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