Various esteemed, respected, high level national, Irish roads, International Road Racing competitors were in action today at the Wirral 100 Motor Club’s season opener at Oulton Park.
Leading names competing included current Junior/Senior Manx GP Champion Nathan Harrison. Harrison piloting the Chris Preston Racing Honda’s performed strongly throughout, in particular within the Formula 600 races, securing two top three finishes.
Additionally sixth in both Carl Roberts/Emjess Racing Powerbikes races, the amiable Manxman recently stated via Facebook about his weekend’s work:
“Spent today getting more laps and getting used to the 600/1000 switch between races. Last 1000 race was feeling it but happy with how the day went and got the all important miles in.
Weather has been amazing, can’t have asked for a better two race weekends so far. Back again to Oulton Park next weekend for Round 2 of No Limits.”
Fellow Manx GP winner Chris Moore took back to back 100-500cc Allcomers race victories whilst another MGP favourite Adrian Kershaw who placed 2nd, 3rd overall behind Moore led the 400 machinery challenge in both seven lap races.
Oliver’s Mount Scarborough specialist Phil Stead enjoyed 250 class success from the final Classics race, which also yielded another respectable top ten finish for Oulton Park debutant, Irish road racing legend Barry Davidson.
Ahead of Davidson, multiple Classic TT rostrum finisher Alan Oversby took a brace of top three finishes, showing again his undoubted prowess aboard yesteryear racing steeds.
David Tetley, John Hannaford, Dave Matravers like Oversby renowned yesteryear machine pilots all exhibited solid, consistent form as did experienced roads pilots such as TT stalwart Jim Hodson, Barry Furber, Paul Gartland, Ben Rea, Nige Rea and Tim Poole.
We must not forget as well the three wheeling stars turning on the style around Oulton Park, which included race winners, Mountain Course front runners Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney and twice TT winner John Holden who was joined in the Silicone Barnes Racing outfit by Jason Pitt.
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou