The 2016 F.S.R.A. F350 / Post Classic /
Round 1 - Oulton Park - Wirral 100
Saturday 23rd April
Words - Dave Tibbles
Photographs - Derek Donsworth
Bruce Moore made a comeback to sidecar racing after several years with his son Ashley to win race one and take a second place in race two. Rob Fisher with Rick Long blew up their motor in the first race but quickly fitted a spare to win the second. The only F350 entered saw Gordon Jones with Smudge Taylor take second and fourth places.
Ten teams entered this opening round of the F350/Post Classic & Pre-Injection Sidecar Championship, and joined another twenty Wirral 100 club sidecar racers filling the Oulton race grid with their maximum of thirty sidecars.
The post classic part of the grid was John Potts and Neil Dutton on a 1000cc BMW twin; Pat Gallagher was back on his championship winning 1100 GSX Suzuki with Mick Fairhurst his passenger, and myself (Dave Tibbles), with Wayne Kemp on an FJ1200 Yamaha.
The Pre-injection machines joining Rob Fisher and Bruce Moore were: Joe Heys/Marc Maier and the ladies of Marianne Walford/Kelly Hughes all on 600 Thundercats. Returning to sidecar racing after a long period was Mark Burns with new novice passenger and work colleague Steven Winfrow with an 1100 long wheel base Suzuki. Father and Son team Bill and Nick Roberts - 600 Jacobs Kawasaki - made up the ten strong entries for the first round.
I was disappointed that not all teams wanting to enter this meeting were able to do so; this was due to the popularity of Oulton Park and those requiring "TT signatures" and track time testing by the top teams ahead of the RKB-F1 Championship round at the same circuit a week later. Such was the popularity of this meeting that Tim Reeves and the Birchall’s also had their entries returned.
The Wirral 100 club hosting this first round, like myself, were not sure what the entries for our championship would be like, this was the first meeting of the second year of the new F350/Post Classic & Pre-Injection Sidecar Championship, four teams entered this same first round meeting last year - so a significant improvement thus far.