11 wins from 12 starts at Brands Hatch
Works powered bikes dominated the Avon 350cc, WRR 500cc and the premier Bonhams 500cc classes at the final round of the Lansdowne Championship series at Brands Hatch this weekend. With engines running in three classes and four races over the weekend, there were twelve winning opportunities.
Race 1 was run in very wet conditions and all the riders complained that the track was extremely slippery, perhaps because of rubber from a recent touring car meeting. Works Racing's own Glen English on the SCC entered bike struggled for rear grip and could only manage 5th place at the end, but Dean Stimpson (Izzard Racing) and Mike Russell (Richard Adams Racing) managed to get their Works powered bikes on the podium behind the G50 of Alex Sinclair (Ripley Land) who excelled in the tricky conditions.
Race 2 was an absolute classic, in fact it was generally agreed to be the best Lansdowne race for years. Throughout the eleven laps the front five bikes were never more than a second apart. The lead changed constantly and as the last lap flag came out it was still anyone's race. Glen English braked a little early for Paddock Hill bend on the last lap and dropped to 3rd. To the spectators it looked like he had lost his chance, but he knew exactly what he was doing. His slower corner entry allowed him to be the first to deploy all the legendary grunt of his Works motor on the corner exit and power up the hill to Druids, where he out-braked the leaders and re-took the lead. It was a spectacular move, no doubt helped by his new Works manufactured 4 leading shoe front brake ("the most fantastic drum brake I have ever used" says Glen). Glen held the lead to the end to win by less than 0.1 seconds, but the whole leading group of five riders were covered by only 0.53 seconds. Later on, the now legendary Works barbeque was especially well attended, where Glen had the opportunity to talk us through his demon move many times!
Sunday dawned sunny but the barometer was still high, so big main jets remained the order of the day. Race 3 saw a Works 1-2-3, with Stimpson heading English and Russell across the line, Stimpson taking the best part of a second off the lap record in the process. Race 4 was also won by Stimpson, this time with English and Sinclair behind. Mike Russell was unlucky (or should that be foolish?) enough to jump off his bike, a shame as he had to leave the track and go straight to Heathrow airport to catch a flight to Japan. Hopefully his trip was not too uncomfortable. In the other classes it was a Works clean sweep with Chris Bassett and Ian Lucas (Jack Gooch) winning all four races in the WRR500 and Avon 350 categories respectively. Particular congratulations go to Chris who is still in his first season of Lansdowne racing.
So another season's racing is over. Thanks must go to the Lansdowne organising team who have done a great job as usual. Thanks also to Specialist Compliant Coatings for their support of the Works Team, not to mention the team's ramshackle bunch of helpers – you know who you are. It is now time to get back into the machine shop and get those CNC machines running flat out all winter.