Michael Mace had a weekend to remember at the Barry Sheene Festival of Speed, scoring a double victory on only his second time out at Oliver’s Mount.
The only natural road race circuit in England, it is often known as a mini TT by the sea, but that proximity to the coast often means some quickly changing weather, as was the case at the weekend.
A first time out at Scarborough on the striking blue #163 Fireblade, Michael narrowly missed out on qualifying for the open race.
Riding on ContiTrack Slicks for the first time, Michael managed to break free from the rest of the pack in the first Non-Qualifiers race to romp home 18 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, fellow Continental rider Craig Robertson who took a maiden podium at Oliver’s Mount after making his race debut there earlier this year. Craig also ran in the Barry Sheene Trophy Classic F1 and was down for the Open Solo class, although mix-up saw him instead qualify for the Senior. As a result he invited to run in the Non-Qualifier class after the mix-up, giving him some extra race time.
The second race took place on a very wet circuit after the heavens opened, with Michael and Craig constantly swapping the lead, until Craig tucked the front end leaving Michael with a healthy lead over the rest of the pack. At the end of the contest, Michael crossed the line 13 seconds ahead of Dan Ingham in second.
Riding in the Thundersport GB series this weekend at Rockingham, Michael was impressed with the performance of the new Continental slicks and is due to be using them again going forward.
Both Michael and Craig recorded new personal best lap times over the weekend.
Photo credit to Mark Huckerby.
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