A blustery day at Anglesey Circuit on the North Wales coast marked the start of the Wirral 100 season for many riders, all of whom couldn’t wait to get their 2018 campaigns underway.
After taking the 100 – 500cc Allcomers title in 2017, Manchester based racer Adrian Kershaw was back with his Kawasaki 400 to defend his title.
Equipped with treaded ContiRaceAttack Comp tyres, Adrian went almost a second clear of Darren Jones to start on the front row of the grid, an ominous sign for the rest of the field.
In the opening race, Adrian asserted his dominance by opening up a gap of more than 22 seconds over Bryn Owen, with Paul Tye holding on to claim the final podium spot. Full points to the reigning champion, an excellent start.
Race Two saw Adrian open up another commanding lead, although nothing like that seen in the opening contest. Paul Tye tried to chase the green Kawasaki down, but had to settle for 2nd place more than 6 seconds behind. Darren Jones went on to claim 3rd, almost two seconds further back.
Elsewhere in the Powerbikes (Pre-Electronics) class, Paul Bland supported Sean Martin got his season underway with a hard fought 2nd place, as he attempted to keep up with eventual winner John Jackson. Sadly for Sean, he missed the second race of the day, but even so it was a positive start to the year on the Honda. In the Formula 600 class, Pro Bike Racing’s James Evans managed to grab a last minute entry just a couple of weeks after the disappointment of North Gloucester cancelling their meeting due to snow. No one could get close to Jamie Harris who took both race wins that weekend on his Kawasak, although it did offer valuable race time for James as he prepares for another full season on his YZF-R6.
The Wirral 100 club will be back in action later this month with a trip to Oulton Park, which promises to be another exciting day of racing.
Image credit – Steve Snelling Photography.
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