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Belgian Classic TT: Leading UK Classics Racers Excel On Picturesque Gedinne Course

Last month’s Belgian Classic TT at Gedinne saw many of the UK’s premier classic roads exponents excel.

Amongst them included lead Mountain Course newcomer from last year’s Senior Classic TT, David Tetley. Selby’s Tetley dominated the 50cc races, scoring back to back victories, plus finished overall second in both 350cc races.

Tetley in action at last year’s Classic TT Races, Photo by Nick Wheeler

Multi times Irish Road Race Champion Richard Ford banked a race of rostrum finishes, as did Colin Wilcock overall winner of the opening 250/Post Classic Two Stroke/GR1, 250 GR2 races.

Martin Dickens, Antoine Poiret shared the 200 GR2 Vintage race spoils, whilst more British success was enjoyed in the Post Classic GR3 encounters courtesy of Thomas Jennings.

Others to secure victories last month at the picturesque Gedinne circuit included Ludovic Landolfi (IPC/Evo Races), Jarno Jonker (500 GR1/750 Races), Marc Delaunoy (GR1 Vintage Race 1), Loris Hunt (350cc Races) and event specialist Thomas Werner, who proved unbeatable within the 500 GR2, IHRO (International Historic Racing Organisation) races.

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.

Overall GR1/Post Classic/GP500 honours were scooped by the pairing of Greg Noble and rostrum finisher at TT 2019 alongside Alan Founds, Jake Lowther.

Added driver/passenger combinations to enjoy three wheeling glory included Jurgen Couvreur/Peter Deneire (G2 Class Race 1), Marvin Vermeulen/Jouk Hahn (G2 Class Race 2), Pierre Loison/David Dufrene (G1 HC Class Races) and Adam Pope/John Christopher (G1 Class Race 2).

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 action.

With this in mind, it’s no wonder that the plus 70 years old Gedinne roads course, is considered now amongst Belgium’s most popular and highly respected pure roads venues, alongside the likes of IRRC round mainstay Circuit De Chimay.

Words by Stevie Rial