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Af­ter a se­ries of strong podi­ums Chris White nails three wins at Croft to storm into ti­tle con­tention

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - WORDS MARK GRA­HAM PHO­TOG­RA­PHY RUS­SELL LEE

New win­ner (on a VFR) in the in­creas­ingly fran­tic Prac­ti­cal Sports­bikes CRMC se­ries

AHAT TRICK OF wins, two by com­fort­able mar­gins by the stan­dards of this closely fought se­ries, brought the lead­ingvfr rider Chriswhite max­i­mum points. But it could have been a very dif­fer­ent story.

“The bike stut­tered a lit­tle af­ter eight laps of prac­tice, then stopped and re­fused to start,” said Chris. “We checked the ig­ni­tion senders and only one of the two was work­ing, so we whipped the cover off and the in­sides looked like a bro­ken clock.the qui­eten­ing gear on the crank had let go and taken ev­ery­thing with it – gears and springs ev­ery­where.

“As luck would have it I bought a £250 bike for spares two weeks ago, so I did a six-hour round trip home to get it while

me­chan­ictony cleaned the shrap­nel out of the race bike en­gine.we fin­ished it 30 min­utes be­fore Satur­day morn­ing prac­tice.”

Derek Cripps and Liam Mc­carter led race one from the off but Chris soon made it past them both. “This was my first time lead­ing a race for four years and I still wasn’t sure which way the track went,” he said. “I got my head down for two laps wait­ing for the in­evitable chal­lenge, then half­way through the third lap the race was red-flagged when some­one went down at the hair­pin and was in no rush to get up.”

With more than half the five-lap race dis­tance com­pleted the race was de­clared for Chris.andy Bai­ley (Suzuki GSX-R750), who’d gone down, was largely OK save from some busted ribs. Get well soon,andy.

“All makes are ca­pa­ble of win­ning. It’s been Danny on his Yamaha, Liam on his Suzuki, and now a Honda win”

Race two went to the on-formwhite from Derek Cripps by just 0.2 sec­onds. “I was right on Chris’s tail the whole race but just couldn’t man­age a pass,” said Cripps. Liam Mc­carter crashed at the hair­pin and was OK to start race three af­ter a swift body-panel re­fit. “I wasn’t go­ing to give the lead up,” said Chris. “I used de­fen­sive lines that were slower but forced Derek to make any passes on the out­side.”

Race three was a seven-lap­per in hot con­di­tions andwhite made the holeshot. Ex­it­ing the hair­pin he had a ma­jor out of the seat mo­ment but set­tled down to push hard enough to take the win by five sec­onds from Derek Cripps with Liam Mc­carter third and Gor­don Rus­sell fourth. Just half a sec­ond covered that trio. Close rac­ing with an­other win­ner, fi­nally on AVFR750. Steve Pan­ter, alsovfr-mounted, grabbed a cou­ple of fifth places too.

“It’s great that all makes are ca­pa­ble of win­ning,” said Chris. “It’s been Danny on his Yamaha, Liam on the Suzuki, and now a Honda win.they all have dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics, strengths and weak­nesses. But im­por­tantly they’re all pretty much the same in a straight line, mak­ing things in­ter­est­ing to watch.and it avoids the thing be­com­ing a one-make se­ries.”

All the ac­tion from the next round at Don­ing­ton Park in the Oc­to­ber is­sue.

It’s been a while com­ing, but the VFR’S a win­ner

Cripps (29), White (13) and Mc­carter (28). Tight

Liam Mc­carter is still well in the ti­tle hunt

Colin Mooney on his tidy FZ Yam

Steve Pan­ter’s neat VFR

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