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Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway

Thursday July 24, 2014 at 9:42am
Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway

Summernationals is the half way point of the championships and rain disrupted the event with only one qualifying session being completed from the three that were scheduled for Saturday.  Sunday morning saw another qualifying session completed and then rain came down and the event was called late in the afternoon.


With half the field from Europe it was an international flavour in Funnybike.  Heading the fifteen bike field was Lorcan Parnell recording personal best figures of 7.105-197.97.  Dale Leeks was another rider to run a personal best of 7.287 at 167.91.  In third spot was points leader Gary Jones 7.499-182.88.  Springspeed Nationals winner Eric Richard was next 7.800-160.75 and was suffering from handling issues (rear tyre).  Couple of riders to record their best times were Marc Van Den Boer on a V Twin 8.159 and Harold Wolfenden 8.38 in testing on the Friday before the event. 

Pro Stock bike.

Len Paget built an engine for this meeting and was the number one qualifier 7.687-`169.18.  Alex Hope recorded his first seven-second pass 7.91in testing on Friday.  In qualifying he ran 7.770-161.33.  Reigning Champion Mark Smith damaged his motor on his one qualifying run 9.356-100.15, which put him out of competition.

Comp Bike.

Phil Crossley ran back to back 7.58 in the two sessions (7.582-168.55) to lead the field.  Points leader Allan Davies was in second spot 7.641-173.68.  Speed King Kevin Osman once again for the third time had the top speed of the event 178.53 with an et of 8.055.  Tony Clark was down on power and ran 8.121-162.55.  Dave Batcheler ran a p/b of 8.568.  Paul Hambridge has moved over to Comp Bike from Super Street Bike, but had some problems as did Steve Moor (electrical).

Super Street Bike.

 European FIM Cup champion Garry Bowe ran his first ever 200mph plus with a speed of 201.67.  He led the field with 7.270 just edging Steve Venables on his new bike 7.274.  Best figures to date running E85 fuel.  Graham Balchin was next 7.363.  Luke Farrugia had a huge wheelie at the 150ft mark and safely brought it down.  Jemma Venables ran her personal best time in competition 7.546.  Newcomers Sam Sykes qualified in No 11 spot with a p/b of 7.888 and Canadian Ethan Barkley 8.187 riding Rudolfo Maduro bike.

Next round is the Open Sports Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway.

Report by Steven Moxley.

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