Round 2: CRMC Darley Moor - Well the CRMC has done it again! Although Darley Moor probably isn’t at the top of anyone’s favourite list of circuits, everyone I spoke to thoroughly enjoyed their weekend of Classic Racing. 

CRMC Darley Moor 4 - 5 May 2024 - Race Report by Jono Yardley 

The feedback from the circuit management was excellent, with many of the paying spectators saying how much they had enjoyed their visit. And anyone who witnessed the racing would agree that we had some spectacular rides from many of the racers. What astounded me and I’m sure all those that watched from the bank, was the approach speed into Paddock corner. It was amazing that they could still lose that much speed and still make the corner. As a postscript to this paragraph, I think this was this first meeting (in my memory at least) where we didn’t have a single Red Flag incident. 

Catching our commentator's eye were... 

As usual, space doesn’t permit me to mention everyone, but I’ll try and point out some of the highlights. The Supermono’s have been with for the last few years, and fit into the Classic Bike paddock really well. The racing they produced was fantastic; Ant Hart won every Championship race but had to work incredibly hard to get that clean sweep. Jordan Giddings, Joe Woodward and Dean Widdowson shared the remaining podium places between them, and honestly any of them could have won any race. This was proved in the National SM race, which was won by Joe Woodward, but the existing SM lap record was smashed by over 2 seconds by Jordan. 
Jordan Giddings (127),  
Joe Woodward (46), Ant Hart (75)  
The Lansdowne series for the ‘Original’ Spec’ singles of the 50’s & 60’s, were with us this weekend, and it saw two outright wins for Graham Higlett on the Ripley-land G50 – a bike he first threw his leg over at Pembrey four weeks ago. There he had looked a little off the pace as he learned how to ride a big single, with limited stopping power, but he’s now definitely got his head around the matchless and his race long duels with Daniel Jackson were super exciting. 
Graham Higlett (501)  
The Commentator’s Choice (Rider of the day) award from Pembrey – David Tetley & Dan Mills, initially carried on their winning performance’s in the sidecar’s first race, but then a succession of shredded primary drive belts put paid to the rest of their weekend. Danny Quirk, partnered by Sharon Reeves, won the remaining three races – super driving as usual. He’ll be wanting to carry on this speed as they head to the IOM for the Pre TT-Classic event. For Darley the Commentators Choice trophy was awarded to Adam Sheriff for his brilliant riding on both the Honda CBR 600 and his Honda VFR 750. Adam is relatively new to the CRMC, and I’m sure he’s not regretting his move from another club (which will remain nameless!) 
Adam Sheriff Honda CBR600 
The Classic 350 races were great to watch, with Tyler Scothern winning all the Goldstar silverware, while at the front Will Loder almost won every race, but was pushed very hard by Graham Higlett and Neil Watson. So close, but really clean riding. The Superbike / PC 750 races were all race long battles between Mike Burke on his 750 Duke, Chris Saltinstall on his 1054 Moto Guzzi Le Mans and Mark Taylor on his Yamaha TZR 250. You couldn’t ask for three more different bikes, all producing different power, different weights, different handling and cornering, but somehow they all stayed together. Mike was victorious on the Duke, with 2nd being shared between Chris & Mark. 
Tyler Scothern 
Loder (21),  
Higlett (501), Watson (181) 
Mike Burke (86),  
Chris Saltinstall (55) 
Daniel Jackson (55),  
Robert Mawbey (37) 
Graham Hemshall 
In the TZ race Daniel Jackson was the man to beat and Robert Mawbey came pretty close with a fine riding style that we very much enjoyed watching, but it would be wrong of me not to mention Phil Godber; Phil told me a couple of years ago that he wasn’t fast enough to go back racing, but he consistently keeps on proving himself wrong with great riding and speed. His three 3rd places and a 2nd are evidence of that! 

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Mick Jones’s superb Trident was chosen as the Race Bike of the Meeting. Re-built to the highest standards and beautifully presented, it is a great accolade to Mick’s hard work and dedication. The bike has so much providence – it was ridden by Scott Parker, Paul Smart and Barry Sheene amongst many other famous names. Chris Hawkes’s super looking TX500 Yamaha is testament to the fine work done by club sponsor John Davies and a very worthy winner of the Parade Bike of the Meeting. 
We're off to Croft for Round 3 on 1 - 2 June 2024  
- see you there! 
In four weeks’, time we’ll do it all again, this time in the north of England at the Croft circuit. I’m certainly looking forward to it. The question is: Will you be there to enjoy the sights, sounds and atmosphere that only the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club can produce? 

Roll on Round 3: Croft 1 - 2 June 2024 

All the photos are available online now - click here for PJM Photography  

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