Exciting duels at Oulton Park

By James Robinson, 4 July 2013

The second race meeting of the Lansdowne Classic Series was at Oulton Park on May 31-June 1, where Bemsee were the hosts. It was a Friday-Saturday meeting with practice an qualifying on the Friday and a morning warm up and two eight lap races on the Saturday...

Mike Russell qualified first on the Richard Adams Manx Norton with the two GB Access Manxes of Alex Sinclair and Duncan Fitchett not far away and Glen English on the Ripley land G50 close behind them.

Race one was a great race to watch with the first three – English, Fitchett and Russell – having an exciting duel for half the race until English overdid it coming out of Lodge Corner on lap five. TT winner Charlie Williams was riding a Works Norton and ex-Team Suzuki rider Stan Woods was on his own Manx.

As the race progressed the first three pulled away, and the racing in the other classes was just as close. There were 33 riders on the start line and 28 made it to the flag. In the Bonhams race it was Fitchett first 0.019 seconds ahead of Russell with Sinclair third. The WRR Museum 500 Championship was won by Williams from Sam Rhodes’ G50 and Peter Crew’s Manx. The Avon Tyres 350 class honours went to Seb Perez (7R) from Roger Ashby (7R) and Jeff Bing (Manx).

In the new for this year The Classic MotorCycle-backed Club Class for pre-54 Goodwood spec machines Mike Farrall’s Rudge got the better of Gordon Russell’s 1952 long stroke Manx and Andrew French on his 1951 650cc Thunderbird.

Race two was just as fast and furious as the first, this time Sinclair joined Fitchett, Russell and English at the front, English dropped out once more and at the flag it was Fitchett first again from his team-mate Sinclair with Russell third, Rhodes took the WRR win from Stan Woods and Stuart Tonge (Manx). Tim Jackson 7R won the Avon 350 class from Perez and Ashby. In the TCM, Russell won from French.

The next meeting is with CRMC on July 13 at the Pembrey circuit in South Wales.

Glorious tribute to the 1930s
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the 1938 Empire Air Day, once again RAF Kenley will come alive to the sound of 1930s fighter aircraft to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The 1930s revival weekend and charity air show is on September 7-8. Don’t forget to dress in 1930s style, and if you bring along a 1930s vehicle you get two free entry tickets for the daytime events.

For more Information visit www.kenleyairshow.co.uk

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