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Chimay Classics: UK, Continental Yesteryear Racing Giants Excel

A who’s who of yesteryear racing specialists excelled over the weekend at the 25th Chimay Classics meeting, including multiple British riders including Welshman Alex Sinclair.

Regularly touted amongst the UK’s leading classic racers, he reigned supreme in the 500 G1 class clinching race honours by over nine seconds.

Whilst the sole Four stroke Post Classics G1 race saw him aboard the Louigi Moto Ducati, set a new outright class lap record on route to race victory.

Outside of Sinclair’s feats, additional solo racers from UK shores to impress include 750 class victor Dean Stimpson, plus 350 race winners David Tetley and Steven Elliott, Will Loder, Steve Bedford and Colin Wilcock.

Germany’s Tobias Werner proved the man to beat in the 500 G2 races, the experienced German also scooped the spoils within the opening IHRO class encounter.

Photo by Robert Van Roozendael

Remaining solo class winners were as follows: Jean Claude Vanmaekelbergh (50cc/200cc Race 1), Marc Delaunoy (50cc/200cc Race 2) Dominique Wollants (250), Dominique Jamin (Post Classics G2), Marc Beltman (IHRO Race 2) and Keith Shannon (Post Classic Two Stroke + G3).

Looking back on the series of Sidecar races, there was British success a plenty. Ian Ashley/Roy Cunningham banked both Sidecar G1/G2 races, Greg Noble joined by Rob Sztajnert for the meeting headed the GP/Post Classics fraternity.

Whilst Kevin Hunt/Alan Cracknell proved to strong for their fellow competitors within the G3 class races.

Attention now for organisers at Chimay following another memorable Classics meet, turns towards hosting next weekend the fourth round of the 2018 IRRC Supersport, Superbike championships.

High profile racers hoping to taste the champagne on the rostrum next week include IRRC Superbike championship leader Danny Webb, Wepol Racing by Penz 13.com team mate Marek Cerveny.

Didier Grams, Erno Kostamo, anticipated Supersport front runners such as Matthieu Lagrive, Pierre Yves Bian and local hero Laurent Hoffmann.

Words by Stevie Rial

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