The fourth and final round of the LCRRC Winter Season held at Whilton Mill on 7th and 8th March brought a feast of entertainment to spectators throughout the weekend in all categories of racing. Saturday’s spring like conditions during the practice and qualifying races was most welcomed, but Sunday’s weather changed by the minute with racing brought to a halt during the afternoon for just over half an hour to allow a hail shower run its course.
Not deterred by the temperamental weather, riders where back on the track as soon as the surface had been inspected and passed as safe. Sam Houlton (Supermoto Junior), Tom Halifax-Bamford (Supermoto Senior A), Ben Simmons (Junior 4.2), Joe Francis (Production A) and Callan Contrino (Jawa Auto) showed spectacular performances of racing skills delighting the onlooking crowds with their abilities.
The first day of the LCRRC English Summer Season begins at Lydd, Kent on 4th and 5th April. Presentation of the trophies from English Winter Nationals 2008/9 will take place at Lydd on 4th April. This day will also mark the beginning of many changes for the LCRRC. Sadly, England is lacking in the Superbikes and MotoGP stakes and LCRRC want to have a hand in changing this. In my estimate the most welcome change, is that it will be opening its doors to everyone on practice days.
This means you don’t have to be a member, you don’t need an ACU licence, and you don’t even need to own a bike if you intend to hire one. If you own a bike be it a minimoto, pitbike, etc, bring it along. Too many kids are running around fields or open spaces with their bikes. This is illegal and can result in the bike being confiscated by the police.
Introducing young riders to the world of racing, with free advice and encouragement from the LCRRC team, is the first step to fulfilling a dream of a racing career for any young rider. Other changes include new categories such as a Standard 140 Pitbike Class for riders over 16 years old.
There will also be an Open Class raced at the end of the day whereby any class of pitbike will race for 20 laps. Basically, anyone can enter and ride whatever they choose including 125’s, 160’s, etc., the choice is entirely down to the rider. The number of female riders is on the up with plenty of support available for new comers. LCRRC’s Emma Field looks like a young model walking about the paddock but becomes a mean racer on the track.
She will be awarded a trophy for first place in the Winter Season Supermoto Senior A category. Nicky Ward is on hand to offer advice for all riders ages 6 to 60, including the all important question ‘which bike is right for me?’ She will also have a number of hire bikes, such as minimotos and pitbikes, available for anyone who wants to ‘have a go’ before they decide to commit themselves to buying a bike. Best to pre-book for this one by contacting Nicky on 0773 600 1318.
Spectators are another group which is increasing in number. All are welcome. There are no entrance fees, and parking is free (even for caravans), just turn up and enjoy an exciting weekend. Each venue has all amenities including snack bars. Nicky has a list of the forthcoming venues around the country and will welcome any ideas and suggestions regarding any aspect of racing. Just give her a ring.
RESULTS 4th Round Winter Season (Whilton Mill 8th March 2009): Supermoto Senior A Tom Hallifax-Bamford (#69) 75 pts Tom Parry (#77) 56 pts Emma Field (#91) 45 pts Supermoto Senior B Declan Eastwood (#46) 75 pts Les Noble (#66) 52 pts Lewis Burns (#17) 50 pts Supermoto Senior Modified Jim Lovell (#97) 70 pts James Field (#21) 44 pts Steve Kirby (#46) 42 pts Supermoto Junior Sam Houlton (#110) 75 pts Jamie Thackeray (#94) 53 pts Luke Thackeray (#95) 49 pts 4.2 Junior James Causebrook (#77) 66 pts Ryan Folkes (#111) 58 pts Gearge Stanley (#4) 51 pts 4.2 Senior Ben Simmons (#44) 75 pts Richard Holmes-Williams (#126) 52 pts Neil Tidy (#500) 49 pts Production A Joe Francis (#40) 75 pts Ryan Folkes (#111) 60 pts Asher Durham (#64) 32 pts Production B Jake Mason (#99) 65 pts Ben Simons (#44) 50 pts Production C Adrian Arnold (#3) 65 pts Richard Holmes-Williams (#126) 61 pts David Wilson (#82) 38 pts GP50 Jake Mason (#12) 65 pts Alistair Dayus (#36) 52 pts Joe Francis (#40) 50 pts GP 70 Callan Contrino (#96) 56 pts James Robinson (#3) 50 pts Adam Cross (#155) 45 pts