The 2021 F.S.R.A. / Wintec Racing
F350 / Post Classic / Pre-Injection Championship
Round 2 - Mallory Park
Monday 3rd May
Words - Dave Tibbles
What a constrast from the glorious sunshine at Oulton to the monsoon of Mallory in the space of little over a week!
Teams initially prepared in cold but reasonably sunny weather. This was E.M.R.A.’s first meeting of the 2021 season, and there was an air of nerves and unknowns - teams up too early - engines being started too soon, leading to riders and mechanics rushing about to appease the situation.
Combined with the E.M.R.A. Club sidecar championship entries, the Pre-Injection sidecar teams made up over two thirds of the capacity grid.
With all preparations for practice completed, ominous clouds began to gather and as competitors gathered in the collecting area for the timed practice - all on slick tyres - the rain duly started. This session bore witness to plenty of slipping, spinning and skidding to complete the necessary qualifying laps.
There was absolutely no doubting that this would be declared a wet race, and therefore no doubt in tyre choice.
Heading the field into Gerards in plumes of wet blinding spray was the F2 of Rob Fisher / Sarah Stokoe Baker (Baker Yamaha). They led the pack throughout, and went on to take the overall win in the ten-lap race. Series debutants Shaun McCain / Maverick Davies (Shelbourne Yamaha) were second, with brothers Liam and James Saunders (Ireson Honda) placing third, following their excellent double podium at Oulton Park the Saturday previous.
The novice team of Bob Dawson / Sarah Hulme (Derbyshire Yamaha) came home in a close fourth, with Wes Pettman / Rian Saunders (Windle Yamaha fifth). Bad luck hit championship newcomers Les Saunders / Jan Tyrrell (Ireson Honda), who were working their way through the field on lap four to be stopped with a textbook spin at Edwina’s due to a rear tyre puncture. Steve Brooks / Ben Stell (GLR Honda) joined them on the retirements list after their gearbox seized up. #
In the F1 Class, the championship sponsors Wintec saw their team of Simon Horton / Jordon Forrest (Wintec Suzuki) take the class win, with Dave Tibbles / Raitch Greenwood (DDR Suzuki) runners up. Having his best ride so far which included a couple of spins at the Hairpin was Martin Best / Kenny Cole (Wintec Suzuki) in third. Unfortunately, Mark Burns / Steve Winfrow (Baker Yamaha) were black flagged on lap five with an excessive noise issue.
A combination of the continuous deluge of rain, and mechanical problems had forced a few teams to miss this race. Fisher / Stokoe and Horton / Forrest repeated their class wins, with the podium in the F2 class remaining a carbon copy of the opening event, with McCain / Davies finishing ahead of the Saunders siblings.
Tibbles / Greenwood and Best / Cole once again took second and third respectively in the F1 class. Burns / Winfrow, on their long-wheelbased outfit (the only one with a right hand exit exhaust) were again punished for exceeding the 105db ride by limit, with the sound meter positioned on the start / finish straight.
So, following an exceptionally wet and windy day, as teams packed up our sodden outfits and gear, they expressed a big thank you to all the officials especially the Track Marshalls who had to be out all day in the miserable cold conditions.
The Pagid Brakes sponsorship raffle money was won by Les Saunders which will help towards fixing his aforementioned punctured tyre!
Thank you to E.M.R.A. for inviting our championship to Mallory, to which the series returns for the fourth round at their two-day meeting the 10th and 11th of July. This hopefully follows (Covid restrictions in Wales permitting) the third round with the Wirral 100 club at Anglesey planned for the 26th and 27th of June.