Classic Racer - - ON TRACK -

This year’s sun-baked Don­ing­ton Park Fes­ti­val pro­duced three days of flat-out ac­tion, with a full pro­gramme of CRMC cham­pi­onship races (com­bined with the FIM Europe Vin­tage Cham­pi­onship), two ACU UK rounds (in­clud­ing Sun­day’s Clas­sic Racer- spon­sored Wheatcroft Tro­phy) and four Lans­downe races. On top of all that there were club pa­rades and a fab­u­lous dis­play of spe­cial race ma­chines, many of which took to the track on Satur­day/sun­day. En­joy­ing the fun along with the large crowds were Alex Ge­orge, Stan Woods, Char­lie Wil­liams, Jim Curry, Mick Grant and guest of hon­our, Steve Par­rish. Our own rather less es­teemed duo of for­mer rac­ers, Gra­ham Lawlor and Russ Lee, were also there to bring you the story of what was a ter­rific event.

Look closely and you’ll see that Hud­son Ken­naugh (TZ350) has just lost his chain on lap six of the Wheatcroft Tro­phy race.the South African was bat­tling for the lead when the chain let go ex­it­ing Robert’s Chi­cane.

Podium for the Clas­sic Racer/ Her­cberg In­ter­na­tional/acu Post Clas­sic race. Left to right: Alex Ge­orge; run­ner-up Danny Im­berg (Yamaha FZ750); win­ner Joe Bar­ton (Min­no­va­tion Kawasaki 1260); Phil Atkin­son (third, TZ350) and Steve Par­rish. The win com­pleted a fan­tas­tic week­end for Bar­ton, who as well as lead­ing the cham­pi­onship also lifted the Wheatcroft Tro­phy and col­lected £500 of the £1,000 prize fund pro­vided by Clas­sic Racer.

Above: One of the best races of the week­end was John War­wick’s (58,Yamaha FZ600) vic­tory over Kev Who­ley (31, FZ600) in Fri­day’s open­ing Ju­nior Pro­duc­tion race. Later that day, how­ever, Who­ley crashed heav­ily from his TZ350 and is now look­ing at a lengthy re­cov­ery fol­low­ing el­bow surgery.

Above: Joe Bar­ton (Min­no­va­tion G50) at speed on his way to a nar­row vic­tory over Richard Mol­nar (Mol­nar Manx) in Satur­day’s Min­no­va­tion/acu Clas­sic 500 race. With two rounds to go, the Wake­field rider now leads both the Clas­sic and Post Clas­sic ACU UK cham­pi­onships.

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