Wayne and Mark decided to have a day out with local club EMRA, based at the Liecestershire circuit on August 21st. We've had a few issues with engine changes in some of the other rounds and we needed to fine tune the outfit more than have the hassle of working till midnight every night trying to keep everyone else happy!
The exhaust had been adjusted from the Southern 100 and the engine was still sweet so it was ideal time to see if we could make some progress with the lap times.
The weather held off and the track was as good as it could be, although it was windy, which made Gerards a bit of a challenge. Practice went well and the team decided that they wouldn't take any points from the races as the rest of the field were in the middle of their championship, so no matter where they came in the races it would be for timing benefit only.
Off to a great start in the first race, Wayne and Mark holding the bike down well into the corners, despite the hard tyres, Mark was working the chair well! Picking up some good lap times and keeping the rest of the outfits behind, they decided to pull in just before the end of the last lap and let the next bike round. Lap time was pretty sharp...56.573, not bad as the team havn't done a race here for a couple of years!
Our friend, Anthony Van Looy, was a solo racer at the Southern 100 and had an unfortunate incident so couldn't complete the meeting, however, Mr Horst Walczak, another close friend and driver, was without a passenger for this meeting and Anthony bravely said he would like to offer his brain, i mean services for the day! He was new to passengering and found practice quiet unusual, challenging and hard work! But he stepped up to the mark for the first race and did a great job! Weldone Ant!!
Race 2 was a bit windier but the sun was still out and conditions still good. The Team went off at the back of the grid as they didn't complete first race, it didn't make much difference though as they were in the lead before they got to Edwinas! Trying their hardest, they threw the outfit into every corner with as much as they had got on the day. The chair wheel tyre was just about shot to bits by this point and coming down the home straight on the last lap, they managed a 56.505.
Brilliant day out, good results, good racing, lovely crowd. Weldone again to Anthony who finished his second race, and by all accounts was quite brave moving around the outfit a bit more towards the end of the day! I think Horst was pleased!!?? Or maybe it was wind!!?? Only joking my friend!1
Good to see Sarah and Mark, been a while since the Southern 100 and alot of work in between!
We are at Scarbourough next for the Gold Cup at Olivers Mount, but before that race, we are taking the outfit to our local show, Moreton Show. This is to show the bike, promote the Team and thank the sponsors, which as most of you realize, we cannot do it without them!
Please come down and see us and have a chat, we also have spaces left for the grand draw at the end of the season in the 110 Club.........
So come on.......join the club and get a Real Racing membership pack, entry to the exclusive draw at the end of the season comes free and there are some awesome gifts and collectables on offer!!!
See you all very soon......