The 2017 Season So Far Part 2.

Patrick Walker rounds Finnegan’s corner at Skerries, is it damp or dry?

Image by Aetherlight Photography.

The Lansdowne Championship has visited Cadwell Park and Castle Coombe since our last update. Both meetings have followed this year’s established pattern: Close racing and plenty of success for Works Racing and our customers. Dean Stimpson continues to dominate the class on his Izzard Racing, Works-powered bike. However, he has been pushed all the way by Mike Russell, Chris Firmin and Glen English.

Works-powered bikes have been busy on the roads too. At the pre-TT classic Mark Parrett bought his Chas Mortimer sponsored bike home in an excellent 5th position, the first single cylinder bike to cross the line. The Billown circuit was very wet, but Marks’s huge road racing experience really came to the fore.

Mark came close to achieving another excellent result at the Skerries circuit in Ireland. It was his first visit to the immensely challenging track, but he was characteristically unfazed by its narrow lanes, jumps and stone walls. A broken ignition wire caused him to stop on the last lap whilst lying 4th, a shame indeed. The company’s own Patrick Walker enjoyed his ride at a considerably lower pace, finishing in ‘comfortable’8th place.

The following weekend, Works Racing’s agent provocateur Miles Robinson accompanied Patrick on an exploratory visit to Walderstown; a completely original road circuit near Athlone, on the way to Galway. The track is a simple triangle comprising two very fast straights, one very wide, one single track, and a shorter twisty link road with a jump half way along. The single track straight has a blind kink through a farm yard half way along its length (taken in 6th gear!). This is a track where you need a very quick bike, some excellent brakes and a pathological lack of imagination. Patrick proved he had all three, taking a very surprising second spot behind the ultra-experienced Irishman Barry Davisdon on his Honda twin.

Thanks must go to the LochShinny and Fore motorcycle clubs for continuing to run these fantastic events in spite of ever increasing costs and red tape. Please keep up the great work because we want to come back next year and do it all again.

Glen English will ride the SCC-Works Racing Team bike at Chimay in Belgium this weekend. It has been a while since Glen last raced on the roads so it will be very interesting to see how he gets on.

The Team’s next UK outing is the CRMC’s Classic festival at Donington park on the 4th- 6th August, billed as Europe’s biggest classic race meeting.