The Championship went to the seaside with a weekend visit to the Coastal Circuit of Anglesey's "Trac Mon". At the close of proceedings, the competitors have now reached the halfway point of this years six round series.
Overcast conditions greeted the competitors for the Saturday's opening practice session, as outfits from the Wirral 100 Club and F.S.R.A. Post Classic / Pre-Injection series along with the British championship outfits took to the circuit. The session was completed without incident. Issues reported afterwards included a handling problem for Crawford / Farrance: adjustment to suspension required, and a slipping clutch for Riley / Parker, which would be replaced after the qualifying session.
The top three fastest time in free practice being;
Ramsden / Ramsden 1:14.916 - 74.48mph
Founds / Walmsley 1:16.062 - 73.36mph
Crawford / Farrance 1:16.140 - 73.28mph
The Lowthers, John and Jake
Competitors from all sidecar classes took to the circuit on their machines, headed by the cross of Saint George and the Australian National flag to perform a lap of honour in memory of our fallen friends Ian Bell and Dwight Beare, who we sadly lost in separate incidents at the recent TT Races. Team mechanics and supporters lined the exit to pit lane and the track marshals left their posts to stand trackside as the outfits passed, accompanied by respectful applause from the spectators.
Steve and Matty Ramsden
Rain showers before the qualifying session brought tyre choice into question shortly before the designated time slot. Even more so when lunch was called early! Thankfully, the showers passed over and the qualifying session took place shortly after lunch on a damp but drying circuit.
The top three in Qualifying were are follows
Ramsden / Ramsden 1:13.015 - 76.42mph
Founds / Walmsley 1:13.784 - 75.62mph
Crawford / Farrance 1:14.312 - 75.08mph
Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney
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