With only a single 2-wheel race meeting per year, having the chance to compete at Castle Combe in Wiltshire is something not to be missed.
Last weekend the North Gloucester club descended on The Combe once again for their annual meeting, with Continental race tyre dealer Alan Russell taking the rare opportunity to don his leathers and get on the grid.
With Alan’s own Tigcraft entered into the Pre-Injection series for it’s inaugural race meeting, he was also able to grab a ride on the Knight Road Racing Ducati 800 in the Supertwins.
The troublesome Tigcraft hasn’t been kind to it’s owner this year, and in the opening race it was soon clear that it’s problems had yet to be solved. With the finish line approaching on the final lap, the bike suddenly lost all power and as Alan pulled over onto the return lane and killed the engine he found himself engulfed in smoke as the marshals ran towards him.
Alan’s first race on the Ducati saw him try to chase down lead rider Will Holland in vain, but after the episode with his own bike, he was more than happy to come away with 2nd place in the Supertwins.
Finally on something of a high after a difficult start to the event, the A&R Racing crew headed out to watch the classic parade before Alan suddenly realised he was chatting away to the legendary Freddie Spencer who was preparing to take out the NSR500.
Classic parade done and dusted, Alan once again found himself trying to hang on to Will Holland who was a cut above everyone else in the class all weekend. Another second place and a podium ceremony in the paddock ended the weekend on a positive note.
Also riding at Castle Combe was Minitwin leader and Continental convert Paul Wardell who was unlucky not to get on the podium this weekend as he finished both of his races in 4th place. Pro Bike Racing’s James Evans also brought home two top ten finishes on his striking Yamaha R6.
Congratulations to Alan and the Knight Road Racing team – we look forward to seeing the Tigcraft in action (eventually)!
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