The championship leader takes an early night....

Round 6 – Mendip

Simon's KP13e won both A finals.

Simon’s KP13e won both A finals.

Simon continues his dominance with another 2 final win…

Saturday

With the school breaks starting and the promise of another scorcher weekend, Steve and myself decided to leave early at 7.30 to try and get down to Weston super Mare before the holiday traffic.

We did pretty good to be honest, even allowing for a stop at Costas and drinking coffee in the sun, it only took us about two and half hours.
The Mendip track was looking good, being one of the bigger tracks we race on, so a chance to really open up your motors. The usual suspects were there ready for a days practice and had already assembled their accommodation over on the grass next to the track. More about that later.

It was good to see some guys who had raced before return for this event, Dan Harding, Steve Hawkins and Ken Napper – hopefully we can persuade them to do some more.
The sun stayed out all day letting us get some good running on the track, and again we didn’t really leave off practicing until the early evening. Only really wandering off to put our tents up, quite a treat to watch Simon who doesn’t do slumming it, working on the pop up tent and his airbed. You know when your thinking, I’m certain I have forgotten something, but I can’t remember what it is? I did when I put my tent up, realising I had forgotten my sleeping bag. Quick knock on all the tents blagged me about 5 blankets, which to be honest I didn’t really need as it was so hot in the night, but still much appreciated.

Sunday

We got underway round about the usual 9.30 start time with our three heats of 12min qualifying. As can be seen from the times, link below, everybody was going pretty quick here. Richard with his NF nitro, most noticeably screaming by me and my marshall point on the straight. Scott and Neal slogging it out in stock, Simon and Peter in Superbike, Ken doing exceptionally well on his return to the nitro class. Martin as ever, leading the way in sidecar.
The finals also proved to be a treat, with again the leaders in each section swapping places and having to work hard for their points. I think most will agree the final of the day going to the second nitro one and the fight between Richard and John. What a spectacle that was, the nitro bikes really coming on with the reliability now, so offering some good close racing.
I’ve included some pictures below and you can click here for the full results.

See you at Adur, 14/15 September.
Cheers Andy

Martin and Matt busy at work.

Martin and Matt busy at work.

Matt's new bike went very well all weekend.

Matt’s new bike went very well all weekend.

Ken Napper returned to do the nitro class, see superb paint job below.

Ken Napper returned to do the nitro class, see superb paint job below.

Ken's Dez tribute bodyshell.

Ken’s Dez tribute bodyshell.

Ken Gospel's busy looking pit table.

Ken Gospel’s busy looking pit table.

Martin's lovely Repsol Honda paint job, almost too good to race.

Martin’s lovely Repsol Honda paint job, almost too good to race.

Members of the Nitro Gang, John Veal and Alan Watkinson...

Members of the Nitro Gang, John Veal and Alan Watkinson…

Nice to see Dan Harding return to racing.

Nice to see Dan Harding return to racing.

I know I left it out there somewhere, it's got an orange shell if you find it.

I know I left it out there somewhere, it’s got an orange shell if you find it.

ZH bike as seen in the pits, goes very well and in constant development.

ZH bike as seen in the pits, goes very well and in constant development.

Steve Hawkin's Mk 1 Mclarney bike.

Steve Hawkin’s Mk 1 Mclarney bike.