BHR ROUND ONE: MALLORY
It was to the Leicestershire circuit on April 9 and 10 that the BHR lads and ladies headed for what turned out to be a busy start to the year. Mikeyiend was there to capture what happened.
1: Carl Smalley took wins in both the first and fourth runnings of the Classic Racer sponsored BEARS championship, both by 10sec, aboard his superbly turned out BMW K100. He also took two second places behind the rapid Norton of Gary Thwaites.
2: Graham Williams took his 900 Weslake to a clean sweep of four wins in the 1963-72 over 500cc class. Graham Buller ran him close in the first race but he took the remaining three by comfortable margins.
3: Nick and Billy Weston frequently terrorise much newer machinery with their 1951 Triumph Thunderbird and Mallory was no exception with the pair winning all four Pre-1959 ‘big wheel’ sidecar races. For good measure they took three outright wins too.
4: Dave Matravers jumped into an early lead in the first Bob Newby 500cc outing and was never headed, taking his Seeley G50 to the first of four wins in the class. Mick Fox provided the main opposition, but he could never get quite close enough to mount a challenge.
5: Robert Duesbury leads Ian Scutt through the Bus Stop in the first Rex Caunt Bantam race. He wasn't able to hold on though, as Scutt nipped by to pinch the win by a tenth of a second. Duesbury got his reward in race two, beating Mike Powell by a second in another closely fought race.
6: Mick Fox was the dominant force in the Lacey Ducati championship, winning all four races comfortably on his 350cc MKIII.
7: Not content with cleaning up the 500 class, Dave Matravers did the same in the 1963-72 Goodwin championship on the 7R version of the Seeley. Here, he leads Jack Scrivener (57), Graham Buller (195) and Nick Bedford (3) into the Bus Stop. 8: Another big winner over the weekend was Graham Buller, who was victorious across the board in the Palletforce Pre-62 350cc championship on his Manx Norton.
9: Nick Bedford probably wished that Graham Buller had stayed at home, but four second places in the Palletforce races represented a decent points haul for the weekend.
10: Steve Gagg and Sylvia Hase dominated in the burgeoning BEARS sidecar series on their K100 ‘Flying Brick’ outfit – seemingly the weapon of choice in this comparatively new class – taking all four wins by convincing margins.
11: Russell Bleach and Penny Daws took four convincing wins in the Pre-1973 up to 750cc sidecar class aboard their Ducker Lynx Norton. They took the outright win in race one but had to give best to the flying Nick Weston in the other three.
12: Steelcraft team-mates Andy Hunt and Stuart Noble fought like cat and dog for first place in the opening 1963-72 250cc race on their Ducatis. Hunt took the flag by just over a second and had two more wins in the class over the weekend.
13: Arron Rogers didn’t make the grid for the first and last runnings of the ACU Girder Fork championship, but he made up for it in between, winning races two and three on his 1936 Norton Inter from Andy Hunt’s 500cc Cotton.
14: The weekend was characterised by multiple winners and that included Peter Carroll, who swept the board in the Pre-82 Japanese Air-cooled series on his 500cc Honda.
15: Supermonos are new on the scene for BHR this season and the opening race was a cracker. Jonathan Good took the win on his 750 GRC BMW by 0.3 of a second from Daniel Ledger (660 KTM)