Ant Hart BE Event Hire sponsored motorcycle track racer was out in form last weekend.
Ant Hart Recaps the Race
Well, it was a strange weekends racing at Anglesey – it started off looking good, the bikes were all ready and the weather looked ok for Saturday morning so we were ready for a dry practice session.
Unfortunately, in practice 1 a fault with the bike caused a small crash, nothing serious but it put us on the back foot as we had to repair the original problem and also the crash damage before the qualifying session for the ACU race. After the repairs the bike felt much better and I qualified in P2 which after no practice or set up time I was fairly happy with.
Racing began on the 125 but the rain came down heavily just before the start so I was happy to take a safe 2nd place, half a second from the win.
There was then a very long delay as a bike dropped all of its oil on the track. The rain spread it and despite the circuit staff spending several hours trying to clean it up, a decision was made at 5.00pm to end the days racing.
Sunday we woke to very strong winds and threatening skies. The first 350 race I took a very safe 4th position in tricky conditions as I knew that was all I needed to do to win the championship. With that out the way I could then get my head down to some proper racing without having to think about points and who finishes where. In the Superbike race on Arnold Fletchers 352cc TZ Yamaha I finished 2nd overall behind George Hogton-Ruslings 750 Triumph but first in class so the team were all pleased with that.
Then there was the ACU race. This was the important one as it was the final round of the championship and it was to be who won out of myself and the same competitor from the previous race, George H-R.
George got the better start and led the way, with myself in third. I made it through to 2nd position and was around 1.5 seconds behind for around half the race but I started to get very bad patter on the front on a couple of the corners and after a few near crashes decided that today wasn’t to be the day, ending in 3rd place in the race and second in the championship.
This just left a final 125 race. I got a great start and pulled out a fair sized lead on the opening lap only to lose the front and crash out which just about summed up a frustrating weekend really. Luckily there was very minimal damage to the bike so we will be back for the final round at Brands Hatch in 4 weeks’ time. Pretty much all the championships I’m in have now been decided so it will be nice to go out and just have some fun there!
Not a bad year again though, won 2 championships, came 2nd in 2 and should finish either 2nd or 3rd in the other.