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Belgian Classic TT: Brits Excel Around Gedinne

The 12th Belgian Classic TT at Gedinne last weekend saw many of the UK’s premier classic roads exponents excel.

Amongst them included Gary Thwaites who dominated the IHRO races. Gary also went onto secure wins in the highly competitive 350 and 500 GR 1 + 750 classes.

Photo by Robert Van Roozendael

Chimay front runner Mike Hawthorne, Marc Delaunoy shared the Vintage 50-200cc spoils, whilst yet another British winner was Clive Ling in the opening 350 encounter.

Remaining solo class winners were Colin Wilcock (250), Richard Mestre/Ludovic Landolfi (IPC/EVO), Jeffrey Vermeulen/Alain Vandriessche (500 GR 2), Marc Beltman (500 GR 1 + 750 Race 1) and Dominique Jamin (Post Classics).

Looking back on Sidecars action at Gedinne, the evergreen Eddy Wright joined by long term passenger Kieran Clarke secured a brace of GR 3 class wins.

Added driver/passenger combinations to enjoy three wheeling glory were Bill Hodgkins/Bert Vloemans, Eric Bona/Axel Bona and Gordon Jones/Jerome Beauvois.

Established as one of the leading Classic racing festival’s worldwide, the Belgian Classic TT year in year out grows in stature.

In my opinion a significant reason for this, is the 3.15 miles long course of Gedinne. It’s a real riders circuit which has a mix of everything, ranging from fast flowing corners to pure undiluted between the hedges competition.

With this in mind, it’s no wonder that the 70 years old Gedinne roads course, is considered now amongst Belgium’s most popular and highly respected pure roads venues.

Words by Stevie Rial