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7th August 2016

So ................ rumour has it that it’s always raining in Wales/Anglesey ............... maybe we need to have a rethink on that!

Despite apparently raining cats and dogs on the Friday, on raceday this time, the weather was simply glorious, funnily enough just like it was when Bikesports last raced there back in 2012. And wow, what a superb and totally epic track Anglesey is when the sun is shining. It’s very technical and the views are completely unique and absolutely stunning. Anyone who hasn’t raced there yet should definitely add this fantastic venue to their bucket list!

Here’s the Race Report courtesy and with thanks to James Winstanley of 750 Motor club including the photos by Jon Elsey kindly supplied via him >

WISE AND BROWN SHARE ANGLESEY SPOILS

Measured consistency means that it is Phil Knibb (Radical SR3) who now holds a healthy lead* at the top of the ROC Bikesports Championship points table, after a duo of podium finishes at Anglesey Circuit.

Race One

Spire GT3 driver Richard Wise posted the fastest time in qualifying with Will Brown (Radical PR6) lining up alongside, behind whom Phil Knibb looked on with fellow championship favourite Phil Cooper (PR6), who was alternating his weekend’s time with Autograss race commitments some 250 miles away.

Will Brown was looking like a serious contender until he ran out of track in the group’s hustle through the tight Rocket corner, and had his work cut out with a fight back up to an eventual seventh place. Phil Knibb suffered from what has become an almost trademark 2016 slow start in the first outing and dropped to seventh as Richard Wise speared on ahead in the lead, chased by Phil Cooper and Mark Conroy (PR6). After ten laps though, Phil Knibb was back in the running, grasping third place and holding it to the flag, behind Phil Cooper and a victorious Richard Wise.

Race Two

The second outing was a curiously unreliable affair for the typically hardy Bikesports field, starting with the absence of Gary Paterson, and then Phil Cooper from the grid at the end of the green flag lap; air compressor failure confining him to the sidelines with just one gear.

Julian Griffiths had his work cut out after a stall on the grid, but this time Phil Knibb cracked the start to follow pole-sitter Richard Wise around the first lap, being flanked by Will Brown and Mark Conroy. By the third lap however, a dropped valve for Richard Wise saw him slowing and draw into the pit lane, promoting Phil Knibb to the lead and with Will Brown matching his every move behind.

Adrian Reynard ran side by side for third place with Mark Conroy, and although the Oxfordshire-based motorsport stalwart secured third place by lap 12, he was also forced to retire two laps later with mechanical gremlins. The Radical SR3 of Adrian Reynard was joined in the busy pit lane by Class D racers Oliver Hewitt (Mittell MC-53) and Richard Webb (Phoenix), where the Spire of Rab Gardiner also resided a few laps earlier.

Back at the front, Phil Knibb was able to hold off the assault of Brown for the lead, until a minor mistake on the approach to a flag signal at Rocket meant that Phil offered an easy pass for Will with just two laps to go. The opportunity was grasped with open arms, and the order finished as Will Brown from Phil Knibb, with Mike Davis (PR6) third.

The ROC Bikesport Championship now rolls onto Silverstone on 21th August, and you can find full results from Anglesey on the 750 Motor Club website, as well as championship positions and photos from across the weekend:

Full Results: http://www.750mc.co.uk/ugc-1/1/4/0/485a10fc-5c45-4ad3-b048-ff2c544a4109.pdf

Championship Points Table: http://www.750mc.co.uk/ugc-1/1/19/0/c541ebf1-2add-4591-8d83-db6336841754.pdf

Photos: http://www.750mc.co.uk/formulae/bike-sports/gallery.htm

The Driver of The Day Award (once again kindly donated by Rock Oil facilitated via the ever-enthusiastic and always helpful Neil Cox of Corinium Motorsport) was awarded to .......... me(!) on the basis of James Breakell’s decision that I deserved it not only for winning Race Two, but as much for my recovery drive to 7th from dead last at the end of Lap 1 after I made an overly-ambitious move for the lead past Richard Wise that saw me sat stationary watching the whole grid go by. My sincere thanks to Rock Oil, Neil, James and not least the whole field (especially Richard Hardie) for missing me when I momentarily became an unexpected spectator.

I think James W may have been looking at the Class Points Table when he said Phil Knibb now holds a healthy lead at the top of the ROC Bikesports Championship Points Table, because the reality is that it is pleasingly very tight indeed with just three more meetings (six races) to go; less than 10 points separate the top three.

On a personal note, ROC was absolutely delighted to see Richard Wise in his Class A Spire GT3 take a long overdue and so very well deserved top step of the podium in Race One. Well Done Richard, likewise Paul Nightingale, Tim Gray and all @ Spire Sportscars and TGM!

We are very much looking forward to hopefully seeing absolutely loads of you at Silverstone on Sunday 21 August 2016 which is now actually less than a fortnight away! 

Will

ROC Founder #0

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