It was three starts and three wins for Bob Varey (Yamaha 600) in round two of the Crewe and South Cheshire club’s
450-1100cc championship at Tonfanau, but unless the 19-year-old diesel engineer
from Preston can find some sponsorship very soon, his hopes of going on to win
the title look slim.
Riding a very stock machine, 12 bhp down the
opposition, Bob not only raced unbeaten in his three races, but also set a new
lap record of 99.64mph in his final outing.
Sixth on the grid for race one and forced to
use old tyres because of lack of funds, it did not take Varey long to take the
lead and he headed the pack at the end of the opening lap.
Leading Chris Mort (Honda 600) by half a
second, Varey stretched the lead to win by just over five seconds. Mike Norbury
(Honda 600) was third home, more than six seconds further back.
Varey was on pole for race two, but was pushed
back to second at the first corner. He was in the lead at the end of the lap,
nearly seven tenths of a second ahead of Norbury.
Again Varey pulled away from the opposition to
win by four and half seconds from Norbury, who battled with Mort throughout the
Norbury eased away from Mort once the pair
caught the slower traffic, crossing the line almost two seconds clear.
Varey led race three from the opening lap, but
Mort and Varey were right there battling with him and the positions kept
Varey dropped back to third after running
straight on, but passed Norbury on the penultimate lap to go second and then
got by Mort to win by just four hundredths on the last lap. Norbury was third.
Mort, the reigning big bike champion, leads
the series on 36, six ahead of Varey. James Evans (Yamaha 600) is third on 27
after taking a fourth and two fifths.
Chris Ganderton (Suzuki 650) climbed to the
top of the Minitwins championship, with an impressive hat trick of wins in his
He beat Joe Walton (Suzuki 650) by a
comfortable 12 seconds in race one, then by a similar margin race two and
finally by just under eight seconds in the third outing.
Ganderton, the 32-year-old landscape gardener
from Anglesey, had more ambitions than just winning his class. The Minitwins
ran with the Steel Frame 600s and Ganderton’s aim to be overall winner each
In race one Ganderton was the first man home,
beat Jon Wright’s Steel Frame by over six seconds.
Wright was leading race two, but ran wide
allowing Ganderton to get by and win by half a second.
Race three was red flagged after five laps,
with Ganderton in front, two and a half seconds ahead of Wright.
Ganderton tops his championship on 38 ten
ahead of John Nicklin who had a fourth and two thirds.
Those three wins in the Steel Frame class,
plus his win in the rained off meeting earlier in the years, puts Wright firmly
Dean Ephgrave chased Wright home in race one,
just four fifths of a second behind, after setting the fastest lap of the race.
Tony Jefferies was third, with one and a half
seconds covering all three.
Wright beat Ephgrave in race two by two
seconds, with Nick Jefferies third, over six seconds further back.
Nick Jefferies was the faller that brought out
the red flags in the final race.
His departure left Wright one second ahead of
Tony Griffiths and Ephgrave third.
Wright has 40 points, with Ephgrave and Lewis Clark
joint second on 26.
The day started badly for fast lady Caron
Roberts. Her Classic 250 Singles Bultaco broke a piston ring in practice,
damaging the piston and forcing to fit a new engine.
She suffered from clutch problems in race one
and failed to finish. Nick Bramley on his BSA Bantam 186 was the winner,
beating home Dave Thorpe (Ducati) by almost four seconds.
Bramley won race two from Mark Capewell (NSU
250) and Thorpe.
With the clutch working properly Roberts was
fourth home, six seconds down on Thorpe.
Roberts was on top form in the third and final
race, taking victory and setting the fastest lap. She crossed the line over
seven seconds in front of Thorpe, with Roger Smith (Ducati) third.
Bramley failed to finish, but still leads the
championship after two rounds on 30 points, three more than Roger Smith. Dave
Thorp is third, one point behind Smith
Roberts was in fine form in the Classic 250
class. She was third behind Ted Cornes (Suzuki) and Geoff Hadwin (Suzuki) in
the first race, with just two and half seconds covering the top three after
Roberts won the next two races. In race two
she beat Cornes home by three hundredths of a second, setting the fastest lap,
with Hadwin third.
In the early stages she had been held up by a
big Classic machine, but once past she caught Hadwin and then moved ahead of
Cornes at the hairpin on the last lap to grab victory.
Roberts won the final race, too, again setting
the fastest lap and crossing the line seven seconds clear of Cornes, with
Hadwin eight seconds further back.
Roberts now leads the series on 37 points, two
ahead of Hadwin, with Cornes third on 28.
Mark Griffiths (Honda) was unbeatable in the
Classic 251-500 class. Second home in all three races was Sarah Measures
Thanks to her third place at Easter, Measures
leads the championship on 35, five more than Griffiths.
Mark Griffiths also gave a Ducati Mach 1 an
outing in the first Classic 125 and Single Cylinder class, taking third place
behind Nick Bramley and Dave Thorp in the first race despite missing
gears and not being able to use first gear and no clutch after the first lap
A hat trick of wins for Derek Heap (Rob North
BSA 930) was enough to take him to the top of the Classic over 501cc class, He
has 30 points, four more than Michael Bevan (Norton 750), who took a third and
With Easter’s bad weather a distant memory
John Price was looking forward to round two of the club championships and with
Price was well
prepared with three Kawasaki ZXR 400s, two dry bikes and one wet bike for his
Price won his first Super Sports 400 class race,
beating Paul Odlum on his Kawasaki by just under eight seconds. Phil Millard
(Kawasaki) was a distant third, under pressure from Mark Disley (Kawasaki).
Price won race two by more than
12 seconds from Disley, with Millard third.
Price completed his hat trick in
race three, a comfortable 17 seconds in front of Millard. Disley was third
Price has 40 points, with
Millard on 31 and Disley third, with 29.
Price had little opposition in
the Forgotten Era 251-500 class. He beat Phil Millard by a clear 15 seconds in
race one and was then over 22 seconds ahead of Millard in the next.
Millard was second in the third
race, 19 seconds adrift.
Price not only topped his class
each time out, but was overall winner in the three outings, beating the over
Price tops the championship
table on 40, with Millard second on 33 and Tony Griffiths third with 32.
To top a great
day Price was awarded The Kelvin Beckett Memorial Trophy, He donated the £125
cash award to the Air Ambulance on the basis that we never know when we might
need it and that they play such a large part in motorcycle racing.
Steve Birtles (Yamaha 1000)
could not match the pace of Price’s little Kawasaki, but he was unbeatable in
the big bike class.
He beat Dean Culley (Suzuki 750)
in races one and two and then headed home Marc Taylor (Yamaha 1000) in the
Birtles leads the series on 40
points with Paul Myler (Suzuki 1100) second on 29 after taking three fourth
places. Culley is third three points further back.
Just Dave Edwards and Huw
Edwards battled it out in the Forgotten Era up to 250 class.
Huw won the first two races, but
failed to finish in the third. Dave Edwards now has 29 points and Huw 20.
Talented teenager, Sam Grief, ran both the home
built Kreidler 50 in the 50 and Classic 125 and 250 class and a Triumph 600,
kindly supplied by Mike Chorlton of Oswestry, in the 451 to 1100 Open class.
He won the first and second 50cc class races, but
the machine was down on speed and he finished mid pack overall in a class he
has previously won outright.
The third 50cc race ended in a retirement when a
gear shift pin failed. The youngster had three steady rides on the Triumph,
which problems with third gear. He learnt a great deal about a new and much
bigger machine in a very competitive class.
Phil Leatherland (Suzuki) had a lonely time in the
250 GP class winning all three races without opposition after Andy Timbrell
(Spondon Yamaha) retired after just two laps in race one.
Roger Stockton and Sharon Doodson (D&D Windle)
tightened their grip on the club’s Sidecar championship winning all three races
from Adam and Tom Christie (LCR).
Stockton has 40, 13 more than Christie