Ticket to ride Two wins as Lockey gets set for the TT

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MORE­TON in Marsh driver Wayne Lockey has spent the first part of the sea­son de­vel­op­ing his new LCR out­fit and with the Isle of Man TT, his main fo­cus for the year, draw­ing ever nearer he still needed two sig­na­tures to qual­ify for the spe­cial li­cence to race the Moun­tain Course.

First out­ing for the new ma­chine was at Oul­ton Park where all that was needed was a fin­ish and with that in the bag, Lockey and pas­sen­ger Mark Say­ers headed for Mal­lory Park to get the fi­nal sig­na­ture and give the LCR a good work­out.

Lockey said: “We’ve had a lot of teething trou­ble get­ting the bike set up but af­ter the race at Oul­ton we know where we’re go­ing with it now.”

The bike ran well with Lockey and Say­ers tak­ing two com­fort­able wins their start at the TT was se­cured.

“The bike felt good and we were both com­fort­able on it” said Lockey. “We didn’t mess about, just rode the bike hard and it was nice to get a cou­ple of wins. We were just 0.6 of a sec­ond off our best ever lap time, so the job’s a good ‘un! We’ve had a lot of help to get to this point and we’re very grate­ful to ev­ery­one that has helped us.”

The next day the team tested at Lla

ndow with Lockey’s wife Lynda on pas­sen­ger duty and with a few more tweaks made, they are buzzing to get to the Isle of Man.

While Lockey and Say­ers were away at the front, Glouces­ter’s promising new­com­ers Paul Kirby and Thomas Graves were head­ing for the best re­sult of their road rac­ing ca­reers.

The day be­fore they had been at Don­ing­ton Park with NG Rac­ing and de­spite never hav­ing been there be­fore, they qual­i­fied well.

“It was a real eye opener for both of us af­ter just rid­ing at Mal­lory pre­vi­ously” said Kirby. “It’s fast and flow­ing – we learned an in­cred­i­ble amount.”

An en­cour­ag­ing fourth place re­sulted miss­ing out on a podium spot by a fraction of a sec­ond.

Kirby said: “We were bat­tling with the Dick­in­sons and were evenly matched, swap­ping places all through the race but we couldn’t quite get past at the end.”

The team made the short trip to Mal­lory Park and while there was no touch­ing Lockey and Say­ers, they were the best of the rest and took sec­ond place in race one – their best re­sult so far.

“The bike felt like it was on rails af­ter Don­ing­ton” said Kirby. “Wayne was gone at the front and we wouldn’t have caught him in a mil­lion years but we had a good bat­tle with an F1 out­fit and got past him at the hair­pin. We’re lead­ing the EMRA cham­pi­onship now, which is great.”

The fol­low­ing week­end they were back at Don­ing­ton for the BMCRC meet­ing and were go­ing well in their first race un­til a punc­ture late in the race forced them to limp home for 11th.

Kirby said: “Fol­low­ing some ad­vice in the pad­dock we made some changes to the out­fit but we had no rear grip, so we put it back the way it was for race two. We lapped three sec­onds quicker than our pre­vi­ous visit and got sec­ond in class so we’re chuffed to bits.”

Chel­tenham Open Sin­gles Bowls Tour­na­ment at Suf­folk Square, at­tracted 64 en­tries from 14 coun­ties across Eng­land and Wales. Par­tic­i­pants in­cluded a num­ber of in­ter­na­tion­als and na­tional cham­pi­ons. The win­ner was Nigel Cans­dale from Fair­ford Bowl­ing Club (centre) who col­lected the De Rose Wealth Man­age­ment cheque for £1000. The run­ner up was Chel­tenham Bowl­ing Club’s David Heath who re­ceived £500

Wayne Lockey and Mark Say­ers

Paul Kirby and Thomas Graves

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