As I stated last year, the Gedinne based Belgian Classic Trophy, is an absolute must-see event for pure road racing supporters.
Taking place for the 16th time last weekend, there was a strong UK, Irish racing contingent, scoring various top results.
TT podium finisher, Manx GP winner Nigel Moore excelled, collecting four top three finishes including dominant 350 GR2 race victories.
Leading the chase to Moore in the opening 350 GR2 encounter was reigning Irish Road Race Junior 350 & Senior 500 Classics Champion, John Leigh Pemberton.
Selby’s David Tetley added IHRO (International Historic Racing Organisation) race 2 success to back-back 500 GR1, Vintage 50cc class triumphs, Richard Ford, Colin Wilcock, Kyle Parkes also enjoyed trips to the podium.
Outside of the above showcased, overseas classic racing jockeys, enjoying successes included the No.1 three-wheeling team of the meeting, Marvin Vermeulen/Jouk Hahn and opening IHRO race conqueror, outpacing the aforementioned Tetley, Paton powered Herman Verboven.
Established amongst the leading Classic racing festival’s worldwide, the Belgian Classic Trophy year in year out excites, thrills, provides great sights, smells, sounds.
The 3.15 miles long Gedinne course, is a real riders circuit which has a mix of everything, fast flowing corners, 22 curves, 200 metre straight, great scenery.
It’s pure undiluted between the hedges’ competition, just like this week’s Manx Grand Prix!
And, before there are those that will point out, these are the same final three sentences written by yours truly from 2022, I know this, to me the same words reflect the latest running of a prime, arguably under the radar real roads gem.
Photo credit: Nick Wheeler
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou