A look back at CRMC Castle Combe 6 - 7 April
Posted on 13th April 2019 at 09:42
The CRMC racing season got off to a great start in this, it’s 40th year, with a first visit to Castle Combe in Wiltshire.
Castle Combe is a great track for motorcycles!
More well-known in recent years for car racing, the track has a reputation for being ultra-fast and apparently once used to bumpy. But the bumpiness seems to be a thing of the past, as CRMC riders put in some fantastic lap-times and we hope it will now become known as an equally good bike track! Many people had taken advantage of the track day organised by CRMC-sponsors Classic Bike Trackdays on the Friday, so the pace was fast and furious from the off.
After a cool and damp Friday track day, the weather improved, the track dried out and lap times got quicker and quicker. We even saw the sun a few times!
Apart from the huge variety of classic racing motorcycles that we are used to at CRMC meeting, it was also good to see a decent turnout of 19 Sidecars, including “sidecar bloke” Ian Johnson and Kevin Roughan, who managed to get on the podium after over a year away from racing. Our much-missed ex-recovery driver Sam Hesbrook also proved she’d made a good decision to have a go at being a sidecar passenger, being the first Period 4 sidecar to win at Castle Combe! Ok, they were the only P4 but you have to start somewhere and we hear more P4 sidecars are coming out to play.
Spurred on by big prize money, the ACU races always attract the fastest bikes and riders and deliver the fastest times in both the Classic 500 and ACU Post Classic. Richard Molnar clinched the Classic 500 win with a best lap time of 1:18.060 on his rapid Molnar Manx, less than a second ahead of Lee Hodge on the Minnovation G50 who was closely followed by Mark Cronshaw on his G50.
The lap times were even hotter in the ACU Post Classic, with TT rider Jamie Coward showing his form with a lightening quick time of just 1:15.310 on the Ted Woof Yamaha TZ350, just 0.8 seconds ahead of ex-BSB rider Phil Atkinson on the Rose Yamaha TZ350.
The Post Classic Superstock race is growing in popularity and was dominated by Liam McCarter on his Suzuki GSX-R750, coming second in the first race and then winning the next 3. In the Junior Production race that is usually dominated by the ubiquitous Yamaha FZ600, Danny Imberg showed what a good rider can do on a decent Ducati Paso, with a win and two seconds.
Talking of Ducati, there were no less than four Ducati Pantah in the Post Classic 500 air-cooled race. Local Castle Combe supremo and race instructor Richard Llewellin didn’t have it all his own way on his quick Ducati Pantah despite some blistering times and getting down to a fastest lap of 1:22.905, scoring two seconds and a third. And Richard Molnar didn’t disappoint on his new Ducati superbike, getting quicker each time out and coming third twice and fourth twice and a best time of 1:18.740.
All the race results sheets have been published on the CRMC website: https://www.crmc.co.uk/results-2019/
And thanks to everyone at Castle Combe who has helped make the CRMC’s first visit so enjoyable – we hope to be back!
Welcome PJM Photography
Pete and June Morris have eased themselves nicely behind the camera after Rusty decided to into the photograpy seat left by Rusty and done an excellent job as official photographer at the CRMC's first visit to Castle Combe. We'll get some pictures on this page soon, but meanwhile you can see all Pete's photos on his website here: https://pjm-photography.co.uk/crmc/crmc-2019-season/
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