Sunday 18th September, round 12
With it all to do again from the 6th row Chris Harrison pulled to the line in light rain and a wet track to contend with. Again the blue Super Twin was on a charge getting through to 3rd by the first trip past the timing beacon, 2nd time around and he was in the lead fending off the mini-twin of Ben Cole. Harrison took the chequered flag with the fastest overall lap of 1:09:86 and another on-the-road victory.
Bluebell Lakes’ newest GP45 recruit James Stacey was really starting to shine on the well equipped Honda, putting in a fastest Super Single lap of 1:14.66, taking the win for the Singles and achieving a top ten overall finish. Robbie Robson took the 2nd Single cylinder position with Tony Bridgefoot and Karl Rhodes in 3rd and 4th respectively.
As the day progressed more cloud bursts ensued meaning most races were either wet or damp and patchy. The Pirelli UK GP45 final was no exception and the competitors headed out to tackle a wet circuit in the persistent rain. From a pole position start Chris Harrison again proved his confidence in the rain battling hard for position, eventually emerging the winner in a close finish rounding out a very successful but wet weekend. James Stacey was another man looking to round out the weekend on a high, crossing the line the clear winner amongst the Singles. Robbie Robson provided Trevor Pope Racing with another 2nd place Super Single finish with Karl Rhodes finishing 3rd.
A special mention to Tony Bridgefoot who lined up for the April Newcomers 500 race looking for a win to be crowned NG Road Racing 500 newcomer champion for 2011. He rose to the challenge in fine style leading a gaggle of three riders across the line covered by just half a second between them. At 57 years old, Tony is one of the club’s most senior competitors, he does admit to previous race experience prior to this season but his last outing was in the late 1970s!
Pirelli UK GP45 Championship standings:
Super Twins: Chris Harrison 275, Martin Thrower 132, Brad Davey 85
Super Singles: Matthew Andrew 240, Robbie Robson 155, Gary Moran 118.
Next round: Thruxton 15th October 2011 Trophies awarded for both classes.