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Mallory Park Race of the Year

Wednesday October 20, 2021 at 3:21pm

The racing season reaches its Grand Finale at Mallory Park on Sunday 24th October with the Race of the Year over twenty laps of the Leicestershire circuit. The entry includes Gino Rea on the Buildbase Suzuki which gave him his first British Superbike win at Donington earlier this month, Leon Jeacock, fresh from his victory in the Stars at Darley two weeks ago, since when he has made his BSB debut at Brands Hatch on the Buildbase Suzuki, gaining three top-twenty placings, together with the Buildbase Superstock racers Tim Neave, winner at Silverstone earlier in the year and Tom Oliver, who scored points in every round of the Superstock championship, and a new face in the Buildbase camp, Moto 2 champion Charlie Nesbitt.

The entry also includes the Powerslide Suzuki team of Bjorn Estment and Levi Day who will line up alongside the JDR Suzukis of Ashley Beech, and Brent Harran, (who won the opening race in this year’s Mallory Trophy back in April) all regular points scorers in the Superstock championship. The Dynavolt Triumph team is represented by former British Supersport champion (and runner-up in this years Superstock series) Billy McConnell, who has a Race of the Year trophy in his cabinet already, and Harry Truelove, who has won three BSS races in 2021. There is also an entry from Gearlink Kawasaki, riders to be confirmed, and the newly crowned Mallory Trophy champion Louis Dawson and runner-up Ashley King are also among the starters.

The meeting also features the final round of the EMRA championships, many of which are still to be decided, although the most prestigious championship, the Dunlop/King Dick Tools/Chase Accident Repair Mallory Trophy, has been won by Louis Dawson, who has taken his Aprilia to five wins. including a double victory last month over championship runner-up Ashley King and those two victories ensured that he would take the 2021 title being 74 points ahead of King with fifty points going  to the winner of today’s 16-lap final race. In the 600 class of the Mallory Trophy Ricky Tarren has been the star performer with eight class wins from the last nine races, and he has frequently challenged the 1000cc riders, taking third overall twice in September. The 600 title is Ricky’s with Jed Bird second just six points up on Stuart Reece.

Ricky has also won the Tamworth Yamaha 600 open title, having won all nine of the races he has contested this year, and although Jed Bird could catch him on points, being exactly fifty behind, Ricky would win on race victories

Ashley King is 46 points ahead of former Rookie champion Luke Burnett in the JHP Ducati Coventry Allcomers championship, which means the Tamworth rider is pretty much certain of the title having led the series from early on.

Louis Dawson is a contender for another title – that of Supertwins champion, having won every one of his last eight races since being the first man to win a race on the brand new 660 Aprilia back in July. Louis had a tremendous ride in the second race in September when he started dead last on the grid, having had to leap off the 1000cc bike in the preceding Mallory Trophy race on to the 660, when he passed nineteen riders on the first lap and grabbed the lead on lap four. Jamie Kelman has a 35 point lead, and with 50 for the win in today’s 16-lapper, Jamie has a clear advantage going into today’s race. In the Binley Woods Car Sales  Minitwins series Darren Corkett has already won the title with seven wins so far, with Richard Saunders currently second ten points ahead of Richard Bolsover. Marcus Tatchell heads the Powerslide Motorcycles Formula 400 class from Tony Brabazon after winning six of the first ten races, but his run came to an end when he highsided at Edwina ‘s last month  and the next thing he knew was being in Coventry hospital with a broken femur, collarbone and three ribs. He is hoping to be fit enough to race today and clinch the title. Apparently he was asking the medical staff to fix him quickly as he had another race that afternoon!

Marcus also heads the Marine Fabrications open 500 championship by just four points from Richard Blunt, so that is going to be a very big challenge, the more so as Blunt won four races out of four at the September meeting, both open 500  and both CB500 events.

Steve Brittain and Aaron Staniforth have dominated the Pre-injection races all season, but although they have raced each other for the outright wins almost every time, they are not racing for the same title, Steve being 1000cc champion, and Aaron heading the 600 class, but just thirty points up on Mike Horberry. 

Sam Leach heads the Rookies championship by nineteen points from Alex Pearson who won the Richard Moreton Trophy race last month with Aimee Leeson holding third place in the 600 class, with Gary Evans holding top spot in the 1000 class.

John Lea has won ten consecutive races in the Alamo Sounds of music two-stroke series, Sam Ward has won the GP125 championship with eight wins already, but the 450 class is still open with Shane Hodgkinson’s double win in September leaving him 42 points ahead of Holly Reeves who is just six ahead of Elaine Moody who in turn is eight points up on Aaron Lilly

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