Tears and joy at Gedinne

Classic Racer - - REGULAR PADDOCK GOSSIP - Words and pho­to­graphs: Mark Mc­closkey

Lo­cal rider Alain Van­driess­che was de­lighted to qual­ify on pole for the IHRO races one and two at Gedinne, a feat not lost on the Bel­gian crowds who love to cheer on one of their own and who drowned out the start of the race with a huge, en­thu­si­as­tic roar. When Alain reap­peared at the end of lap one, still lead­ing by half a wheel from Gary Th­waites, all those in the grand­stand were on their feet and the roar fol­lowed the pair across the line and on down to the chi­cane where Alain, a lit­tle bit too de­ter­mined to main­tain his nar­row lead, snatched a huge hand­ful of brakes and dumped his beau­ti­ful Pa­ton. Gary Th­waites shot through and went on to take the win ahead of Marc Belt­man and Ian Selt­ner. Alain picked him­self up, headed back to the paddock, where he su­per­vised re­pairs to the bike and was back out later that af­ter­noon where he took se­cond place in the 500cc group two

race. On Sun­day he man­aged an­other se­cond place, this time in the IHRO race two and then on Sun­day af­ter­noon he took a thrilling win in the 500cc group two race ahead of Her­man Ver­boven and Jef­frey Vermeulen.

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