BSSO Re­port – Ly­d­den Hill

In­cred­i­bly, this race week­end at Ly­d­den Hill marked the half­way point in the Cham­pi­onship sea­son… the year, very much like the scoot­ers, is blast­ing by!

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Paul Green brings us his ac­tion­packed re­port from Ly­d­den Hill scooter rac­ing week­end.

This event was a lit­tle ear­lier in the sea­son than in re­cent years but that didn’t make it any less pop­u­lar with riders and spec­ta­tors alike. The Ly­d­den meet­ing al­ways has a dif­fer­ent feel to it and al­ways gen­er­ates a great vibe. The meet­ing hosts the an­nual BSSO Memo­rial Race in mem­ory of passed riders and is a race that all com­peti­tors RE­ALLY want to win and pro­vides some spec­tac­u­lar ac­tion. But be­fore the memo­rial race was the reg­u­lar busi­ness of the new for 2018 timed qual­i­fy­ing and the first of the week­end’s three cham­pi­onship races.

There were some dif­fer­ent faces around – Scott Swar­brick mak­ing a rare out­ing but still man­ag­ing to put his Gil­era Run­ner on pole in the Su­per Scooter grid, pip­ping cur­rent leader Lee Bam­ber by 0.4 secs with a tremen­dous 73mph av­er­age speed. Stephen Graves made a wel­come re­turn to the scooter grid fill­ing in for the in­jured Gary Pea­cock and he was soon get­ting to grips with rid­ing a scooter as well as a mo­tor­cy­cle at the same meet­ing!

Ja­son Me­tivier made a re­turn on a newly built Stan­dard Class scooter and James Lan­caster was an­other one show­ing he just can’t stay away! But after the car­nage of the last meet­ing there was much de­light to see a still ten­der Justin Price back on track. The hard-work­ing Dar­ren Scott and Team DSC had built a brand new race scooter for him with the help of lot of gifted parts and a lot of mid­night oil. The fin­ished bike was kept se­cret from Justin un­til it came out of the van but it’s look­ing fab­u­lous. In the Stock Scooter qual­i­fy­ing Messrs Bris­tow and Gey­ton re­newed their ri­valry to head the grid sep­a­rated by only a 100th of a sec­ond! Lee Bam­ber was only 0.7 off their time on a Pro­duc­tion Class bike so the day was set for some very close rac­ing once again. Look­ing on watch­ing all

this was a 1970s and 80s rac­ing leg­end in the form of Mike Hay­man. In a rare visit to scooter rac­ing Mike re­newed some ac­quain­tances and had a good look around the cur­rent ma­chines. Now in his 60s he’s likely to re­sist the en­cour­age­ment to make a re­turn but he was very ad­mir­ing of the cur­rent riders and ma­chines.

Stock Scoot­ers

The old Group 4 had some new riders to bol­ster the grid with a wel­come re­turn for vet­eran racer Dan Lewis and also Ja­son Me­tivier on a newly built ma­chine, but Dar­ren Con­neely has now seem­ingly got the unique BGM RT bar­relled race scooter di­alled in and took three wins over the week­end to start to build some solid points and try and reel in Chris Gey­ton in the Cham­pi­onship. Un­for­tu­nately Dave Bris­tol threw him­self down the track and spent much of the week­end in hos­pi­tal with a con­cus­sion, so played lit­tle part in pro­ceed­ings. This left Gey­ton to end the week­end with two sec­ond places but in the fi­nal race of the week­end it was Ja­son Me­tivier snatch­ing a sec­ond place. At the half way point Chris Gey­ton has a com­mand­ing points lead in the cham­pi­onship.

Sco­madi Cup

In a slightly de­pleted en­try this time last year’s Pro­duc­tion Class run­ner up re­turned for his first ride on a Sco­madi and soon showed his nat­u­ral tal­ent to take three dom­i­nant wins with some very quick lap times, but John Woods was on good form and beat Zak Tin­gle into third place in all three races with lit­tle be­tween them. Tin­gle has the cham­pi­onship lead at the half­way point by only by a tiny three point dif­fer­ence. With Gary Pea­cock likely to be out for most of the year through in­jury, ex­pect a close bat­tle be­tween those two; but can Graves make up the dif­fer­ence in the sec­ond half of the year? It’s cer­tainly not im­pos­si­ble.

Pro­duc­tion Class

As al­ways su­per com­pet­i­tive but it was Lee Bam­ber who took a win in all three races over the week­end to score some solid points. Mikey Bonett took a high speed spill at the left han­der to pro­vide a spec­tac­u­lar crash into the gravel trap which we would love to show you but un­for­tu­nately don’t have the pho­tog­ra­pher’s per­mis­sion. The Scootopia bike was patched up in time for the fi­nal race though leav­ing Mikey with two sec­ond places to show for his week­end. Be­hind them a still-re­cov­er­ing Justin Price ig­nored pain as much as he could and im­proved in ev­ery race to end the week­end with a cou­ple of third places rid­ing the brand new Team DSC race scooter which was built very quickly to re­place the one com­pre­hen­sively de­stroyed at Cad­well Park! Pe­ter Molken­thin was the one try­ing to trash his scooter this time though and fol­low­ing a race long bat­tle with Bob West he man­aged to high-side flat out in third and se­verely bat­tered him­self and his scooter in the process. In the Cham­pi­onship Gra­ham Tat­ton leads at the half­way after some very con­sis­tent points scor­ing so far.

Su­per Scoot­ers Auto

Lee Bam­ber was forced to raise his game even higher after be­ing out-qual­i­fied by Scott Swar­brick, but he had his head down to take the first and last race but it was Swar­brick who was vic­to­ri­ous in the sec­ond race. The two riders re­ally pushed each other on and were the only riders to break into in­cred­i­ble 48 sec­ond laps which are at nearly 74mph av­er­age speed.

Be­hind them War­ren Wilkin­son scored three solid fin­ishes but it was Bam­ber and Swar­brick who were in a class of their own. In the Cham­pi­onship its Bam­ber start­ing to open up a lead of some 40 points now.

Su­per Scoot­ers Geared

Stu­art Day aboard the SRP spe­cial was on top form and he is al­ways a force to be reck­oned with around the tight Ly­d­den Cir­cuit. He took the first two races by around seven sec­onds across the line beat­ing Doug Turner and Mikey Bonett but in the fi­nal race of the week­end Bonett man­aged to just over­come Day to take his only win of the week­end with the bat­tle be­tween them tak­ing them both into 49 sec­ond laps. Doug Turner man­aged three solid fin­ishes with a sec­ond and two third places. In the Cham­pi­onship it’s de­vel­op­ing into a two way bat­tle be­tween Day and Bonett with only 13 points sep­a­rat­ing them the sec­ond half of the sea­son will be hard fought.

BSSO Memo­rial Race

Satur­day af­ter­noon saw great an­tic­i­pa­tion for a bat­tle be­tween Lee Bam­ber and Dar­ren Con­neely who was rid­ing the Casa SSR265 Badger Beast. The Re­play team still had the en­gine apart min­utes be­fore the call for the race and were fever­ishly work­ing to get it fin­ished and they only just got Con­neely out with sec­onds to spare. Sure enough it was Bam­ber and Con­neely head­ing the field at the end of the first lap but then Con­neely stopped on track for some 15 sec­onds to check what he felt was some­thing wrong at the back end, but after find­ing all seemed okay he set about try­ing to catch up and put in blis­ter­ingly fats laps cut­ting through the field in his su­per smooth style but un­for­tu­nately ran out of laps to catch Bam­ber but he cer­tainly made a fist of it to get up to sec­ond place but Bam­ber had run away re­ally to re­tain the cov­eted Memo­rial Tro­phy. Words: Paul Green Pho­to­graphs: Tim Simp­son

Un­der starters or­ders.

Ground out.

Scootopia Race HQ.

Rad­i­cal ma­chine in ac­tion.

Hard go­ing in the kitty lit­ter.

JB’s finest. Rid­ing on the edge. Auto ac­tion.

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