CRMC AN­GLE­SEY

TOUGH TIMES WAY OUT WEST

Classic Racer - - CLASSIC RACER ONTRACK - Words: Gra­ham Lawlor Pics: Rus­sell Lee, Sport­pics.co.uk

A com­bi­na­tion of Satur­day oil spillage and Sun­day gale force winds meant that the CRMC com­peti­tors were lim­ited to just two races per class in­stead of the usual four, but it didn’t stop the club putting on a great show of com­mit­ted rac­ing at the spec­tac­u­lar 1.55-mile An­gle­sey Coastal cir­cuit.

The Sc­itsu/au UK Post Clas­sic 350 podium with the race and cham­pi­onship win­ner Ge­orge Hog­ton-rusling flanked by Kev Who­ley (left) and mag­nan­i­mous out-go­ing cham­pion Ant Hart (right).

The se­cond Clas­sic 500GP race was one of the best of the week­end. Here Lee Hodge (14, Min­no­va­tion G50) holds off Richard Mol­nar (Mol­nar Manx) and Joe Bar­ton (106, Min­no­va­tion G50) in the early stages of the 12-lap­per. But Mol­nar went down at high speed on lap six, for­tu­nately un­hurt, and it was Bar­ton who pulled away from team-mate Hodge, who fought off the fast fin­ish­ing Mike Cooper (Craven Manx).

Steve Reape (Honda RS) rolled back the years to pro­vide a wet weather rid­ing les­son in Sun­day morn­ing’s 125 PC race. Here he leads the Green­shields broth­ers, Jor­dan and Ai­den, and the rest of the field en route to vic­tory.

Ge­orge Hog­ton-rusling (Gourlaytz350) on his way to vic­tory over Kev Who­ley (31, Gourlay TZ350) and Ant Hart (TZ350) in the fi­nal round of the Sc­itsu In­stru­ments/acu UK 350 Post Clas­sic se­ries.they­ork­shire­man’s win meant he edged out 2016 cham­pion Hart by just four points.

Af­ter be­ing ab­sent for sev­eral sea­sons, it was good to see the re­turn of Richard Holmes and Pete Alle­bone in the SAAB Lynx 841cc two-stroke triple. Af­ter a Satur­day DNF they came home a cred­itable sixth in Sun­day’s 12-lap­per.

It was a thor­oughly sat­is­fac­tory week­end for Mike Bellaby/dave Grist­wood (D&D Moore­speed BMW 1070), who kept their cham­pi­onship hopes alive with out­right wins in both side­car races.

There’s a long-stand­ing friendly ri­valry be­tween Andy Guy (11) and John­war­wick (58) and in the fi­nal race of the week­end they put on a highly en­ter­tain­ing 12-lap scrap in the 350 Clas­sic event on their Gold Stars. In the end it was War­wick who just took the hon­ours by 0.3sec.

Chris Wal­lace’s de­ter­mined rid­ing on the Du­cati 250 Mk III earned him a pair of vic­to­ries in the Euro­pean 250 class.these in­cluded Sun­day’s race, which was red-flagged twice.

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