The 2016 F.S.R.A. F350 / Post Classic /
Round 4 - Croft - Derby Phoenix
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July
Words - Dave Tibbles
Photographs - Haydn Wyatt
A great weekend, but tinged with sadness in one way: due to financial issues the Derby Phoenix Club has decided to make this possibly their last ever meeting. Derby Phoenix has always been a club that promoted sidecar racing, going back to their first road race meeting at Cadwell Park in 1967. Pete Minion, one of their stalwart members did, at this meeting as he has done since 1983, sponsor an additional open sidecar race. This gave us four championship and two Pete Minion races races over the weekend - a total of six outings.
Excellent news for our championship - Adrian Lane of "Lane Building Services" has come aboard and assisted by providing trophies for the top three of every race. Adrian, a former sidecar passenger wants to be involved in the sport, and came along with his son for the weekend. His assistance is much appreciated.
Saturday Race 1
Rob Fisher / Rick Long, the championship leaders won the first race on a 600 Baker Yamaha Thundercat. Bruce / Ashley Moore were second (600 Ireson R6); Joe Heys with Marc Maier (600 Thundercat) were third.
Myself / Mark Edwards, (FJ 1200 Yamaha) were fourth, Tony / Neil Wheatley fifth (Ireson TZ750 Yamaha), with Marianne Walford / Kerry Hughes sixth (600 Thundercat).
Saturday Race 2
Joe Heys found some extra "humph" to take this win after Rob Fisher's machine lost motion on the start line. The Moore family were back in residence at number two. Unluckily for the Wheatley’s - their TZ water pump packed up, promoting myself / Edwards to third. The Hodgson's - Gerald and Daniel, another father and son team (Honda 600) were pleased to take fourth, after their DNF in race one, with the Ladies finishing fifth.
Sunday Race 1
Fisher / Long were back on form taking the number one spot after fixing the quick shifter that had broken in the previous race. The Moore’s once again came in second place. Heys / Maier relegated back to third. The Wheatley’s TZ had been repaired overnight and was going well taking fourth in front of my FJ. The Ladies were going a bit better, finishing sixth and the Hodgson family completed the order in seventh.
Sunday Race 2
Fisher / Long and the Moores were in their usual places - first and second The TZ up to third, and me fourth. Mark Burns and team spent Saturday night and Sunday morning working hard, which paid off and made the last race with a spare road engine fitted to take fifth spot, with the Ladies sixth and newcomern Hodgson team seventh.