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ANGLESEY - 24th / 25th MARCH 2018

A Report on this weekend appears in the Reports section of this website. As is now usual the main part of this report also forms the basis of reports on the ‘ACU (News)’ and ‘UK Clubsport’ websites. For those still to acquaint themselves with it, ‘UK Clubsport’ is a website, now in its second year, dedicated to supporting club road-racing; we would urge all members to take a look. There are four separate reports from the information we have supplied for this meeting, including some brilliant photographs from Neil Lambert; it represents the best media coverage W100 has had for years!

OULTON PARK – SATURDAY 28th APRIL …………………….is next!

2018 REGULATIONS & ENTRY FEES

The regulations & entry forms for our race meetings at Anglesey and Oulton Park and Pre-Anglesey Grand Test Days and our Anglesey Classic Parades are now all available via the Downloads section of this website. As usual riders are urged to forward their entry forms to Margaret Dewsnap as soon as possible - by 14th April for Oulton Park, please. Compliance with this simple request almost guarantees that the rider will have his entry accepted and it makes it so much easier for us to properly plan the meetings, hopefully for the benefit of everyone, who has entered.

Entry Fees 2018

Faced with an increase in circuit hire and other costs, we have had to increase our basic entry fees but only by a modest £5 per weekend. We still believe that our entry fees will be lower than all of the other bike clubs visiting Anglesey and Oulton park, but of course it can only work if we continue to maintain our entry levels

NEW COMPETITOR TRAINING & RIDING ASSESSMENT COURSE – Saturday 24th March 2018

The ACU rules require that new riders to road racing and anyone wishing to re-start racing after an absence of five years or more must attend a classroom-based course (CTC). Unless he or she is able to prove having held a Clubman’s or National licence previously, they must also be assessed on-track for their basic riding competence (BRA), before being granted a road race licence. To facilitate this, the club intends to run a combined course alongside its test day at Anglesey on Saturday 24th March. The fee for the combined course will be just £80, or £40 for the CTC & £40 for the BRA. Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Club’s New Riders’ Liaison Officer Paul Brandon (Tel 01244 950922 or email paulbrandon31@yahoo.co.uk) for a Booking Form.

1St Class Stamped Self Addressed Envelopes

We again make a genuine plea to riders to send a 1st-class stamped, self-addressed envelope with the entry forms in order to facilitate the prompt and efficient posting of passes, final instructions, etc.

Hire of Garages 2018

As regards those riders wishing to hire the limited number of garages at Anglesey and Oulton, these will again be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. We no longer take telephone bookings in advance for garages; anyone wishing to hire one must indicate so when entering the event, and confirmation of their hire will accompany the final instructions. The hire fee remains at £60 – many garages of course house six or more riders so the cost per weekend per rider remains very fair value-for-money.

Paddock Electricity

The paddock fraternity is reminded that, even if they hire garages, they should use personal generators, and not rely on circuit electricity for their power needs - for heating, cooking and tyre-warming.

Transponders

Our usual reminder to riders to drain the transponder batteries and then fully recharge them, so that they are fully operational at the first meeting. Once again the Club will have a limited number for hire at £30 per meeting.

ANNUAL DINNER DANCE & PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

This took place on Saturday 17th February at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel when 30 trophy winners, their family and friends, and the club officials, marshals and their guests came together to look back on 2017 and to look forward to 2018. Big thanks to Helen Smith, who made it all happen, and to the club’s chief guest Jake Dixon, who provided us all with a fascinating insight into his early racing years, the influence of his dad Darren, the former British solo and World sidecar champion, and Jake’s emergence as a leading contender in British Superbikes. It was also noted that the dance-floor was a lot busier this year!

INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC GRAND PRIX

The Club is delighted to report that it is to run the UK Round of the ICGP championship series as part of its race meeting at Anglesey on 28th & 29th July; the other five rounds this year are at Paul Ricard (France), Vallelunga (Italy), Oschersleben (Germany), Hockenheim (Germany), and Interlagos (Brazil). The series is for 250cc & 350cc Grand Prix machines built between 1974 and 1984; further details can be found on the ICGP website and Facebook page. This is the series’ 20th Anniversary; the UK rounds in the past have been run as part of BSB meetings at Brands Hatch, Cadwell, Mallory and Snetterton, and in 2017 was included in the Endurance Legends event at Donington Park. It is obviously a first for both the Club and the Anglesey circuit, so please give us your support. There is a separate entry form in the Downloads section of this website; the one proviso for British ‘wild card’ riders is that they need to have an ACU national licence.

ANGLESEY CLASSIC BIKE PARADES

The addition of the ICGP races at our July meeting now means that the Anglesey Classic Bike Parades will be transferred from their original date to 23rd & 24th June. A plus point is that this is the meeting when we use the Coastal circuit on the Saturday and the International circuit on the Sunday.

ONLINE LICENCING

The ACU’s online licencing system allows Road Racers to renew or apply for their licences online. The Club has been issued with a unique series of Personal Identification Numbers (‘PIN’), such that when riders renew their club memberships we (ie our Race Secretary Margaret Dewsnap) will provide them with their own PIN, and this number will be required to be input as part of the licence application procedure. If members prefer to complete their licence application forms in the traditional hand-written way, they will still be able to do so, although the PIN number will have to be inserted on the application form (either by the rider himself or by Margaret). Club membership forms were distributed to 2017 members in December, and we would urge all riders to rejoin as soon as possible, so that licences can be applied for and received in good time for the start of the 2018 season. Membership forms for new members can be downloaded from the Downloads section of this website. Those potential racers who attended our New Riders Courses (CTC) in March 2017, but who have not yet applied for a licence, are reminded to do so by 24th March 2018, otherwise their CTC / BRA certificate obtained at that Course will become invalid.

MARSHALS’ RECRUITMENT

Racing cannot take place unless we have sufficient marshals, and we are always keen to recruit newcomers, male or female, experienced or not experienced, English, Welsh or from somewhere else, to join the so-called ‘orange army’. You may already attend our race meetings and wish to get more involved. Don’t be shy, step forward - you will be made to feel very welcome and you will be properly trained in the various safety aspects of marshalling. A marshals’ training course will be held before the race season starts, so any marshals interested in helping us should contact Dave Edwards, the Club’s Chairman and Chief Marshal (contact details below), or any officer or committee member. Thank you.

2018 CALENDAR

Sat 24 March – Anglesey (Test Day) – Coastal Circuit – (open to all ACU licence holders), incorporating New Riders’ Course

Sun 25 March – Anglesey – Coastal Circuit

Sat 28 April – Oulton Park

Sat / Sun 23/24 June – Anglesey – Coastal Circuit (Sat) & International Circuit (Sun)

Sat/ Sun 28/29 July – Anglesey – International Circuit

Sat/Sun 29/30 September – ‘Anglesey Grand’ – International Circuit

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS 2018

Club membership forms have been distributed to all of our 2017 members in December and a copy is available to be downloaded from the Downloads section of this website.

ACU & FSRA SIDECAR CHAMPIONSHIPS

We are again delighted to be hosting a round of the ACU/FSRA British Formula 2 Sidecar championships at Anglesey on 28th/29th July; also rounds of the increasingly popular FSRA Pre-injection Sidecar championships at Oulton Park on 28th April and at Anglesey on 23rd /24th June.

Earlystocks Racing Club Championship

For the third year running we are also hosting rounds of this championship (for pre-1987 machines); the riders will be back with us again at Oulton Park on 28th April and at Anglesey on 24th / 25th June. Further information on this series can be found at www.earlystocks.co.uk

David Swallow Memorial Race

This race for single-cylinder classic bikes switched from Anglesey to our Oulton Park meeting last year, and it will be the same again in 2018. There will be a minimum prize fund of £500 - thanks to Bill Swallow and David’s long term sponsor Ken Platt, for their support.

Sponsors

We are delighted to report that our 2017 sponsors will again be supporting us in 2018: PAUL BLAND MOTORSPORT have for the past few years sponsored the awards for the Formula 600 class and in addition last year generously sponsored the ‘Anglesey Grand’. As previously they will continue to provide the paddock tyre supply and fitting service at all of our meetings. Paul Bland is based at Gaerwen on Anglesey and in addition to the provision and fitting of tyres provides a full range of motorcycle workshop and dyno services. Their website is www.paulblandmotorsport.com, telephone number 01248 422477. Please give them your support.

SSR SUSPENSION provides a paddock service for suspension set-ups and fork and shock technical support. W100 members are entitled to a 10% discount on suspension servicing for the whole of 2018 and are encouraged to contact them in advance of the season to discuss the services and support they might require. For 2018 they will again be the named sponsor of our Golden Era Supersport class. Mark Standley is the man to contact, via www.ssr-suspension.uk, telephone 07528 777023.

2018 CLASSES & RACE FORMATS

The W100 classes planned for 2018 are virtually unchanged from 2017 and are as follows:

1. Powerbikes – machines over 700cc

2. Pre-Electronics Powerbikes – machines over 700cc (with separate sub-division for G/Era Superbikes). Definition below.

3. Formula 600

4. 650 Twins

5. 100 – 500cc Allcomers, with no tyre restrictions.

6. Pre-Injection 501-1300cc (with separate sub-divisions for up to 650cc and over)

7. Golden Era Supersport – pre-2001 Supersport machines (600cc 4-cylinder & 750cc 2-cylinder), including later versions if the models remained basically unchanged.

8a. Classic Bikes (with sub-divisions for 250cc singles, 250cc twins, 350cc, 500cc, and over 500cc, if the entry levels justify this)

8b Forgotten Era - up to 500cc and pre-1991

9. Open Sidecars

10. Senior Open – ie second classes for Powerbikes & national / clubman 600’s (Anglesey events only)

11. Junior Open – ie second classes for 100–500cc Allcomers, 650 Twins, Classics, & novice-licence 600’s (Anglesey events only)

The one minor change we are proposing is a safety one to allow novice licence 600’s to compete in the Anglesey Junior Open races; we will monitor this change as the season progresses. At Anglesey all solo riders will, as last year, be able to identify at least two classes to compete in, if they so wish. Again as last year, the Senior and Lightweight Open races will have one race per day, whilst all other classes will have two races per day.

Suggestions and support Obviously some classes are now in decline with question marks generally over Classics and occasionally over Sidecars, but equally there are or will be opportunities for us to introduce new classes or amend existing ones. The average entry for Classics at Anglesey was just 3 (yes 3!!!) riders in 2017, and whilst we intend to continue to cater for the class(es) in 2018, the writing is surely on the wall for 2019. There is still time to amend the W100 classes for 2018, so if anyone has any constructive suggestions please get in touch as soon as possible. Otherwise, we ask riders to continue to support us and to race with us whenever they can - and of course to encourage others to do likewise. Thank you.

PRE-ELECTRONICS POWERBIKES This class is in its second year with us and after an encouraging 2017 we are hopeful of it growing further in 2018. The idea is twofold: firstly to help those already competing in the Powerbikes races on older /pre-rider aids bikes, and secondly, with a plentiful supply of reasonably-priced second-hand machines around, to generate additional entries. The class is defined as follows:

“Pre-Electronics Powerbikes are ‘Powerbikes’ with no electronic-aids such as engine maps, traction control, launch control or anti-lock brakes, and with standard cdi’s for ignition control. Quick shifters and Power Commanders (or similar) are allowed.

The machines must be 4-stroke machines over 700cc: – 4-cylinder up to 1000cc, 3-cylinder up to 900cc, 2-cylinder up to 1200cc (all with 15% rebore tolerances) and must have been produced in the period 1998 to 2008.

There will be a sub-division for Golden Era Superbikes, unchanged from previous years, for pre-2001 superbikes (750cc 4-cylinder, 1000cc 3-cylinder, and 1100cc 2-cylinder), including later versions if the models remained basically unchanged.”

This new class was the brainchild of Paul Brandon and Martin Crook, and each is happy to take questions from any W100 riders or potential riders requiring further information. Their telephone numbers and email addresses are shown below

STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE CLUB THROUGHOUT 2017/2018

via our website www.wirral100.co.uk, and via Twitter and Facebook

CHAIRMAN: Dave Edwards VICE CHAIRMAN: Hefin Smith SECRETARY / SOCIAL SECRETARY Helen Smith, Kerrowmoar, 18 Y Maes, Denbigh, LL16 3JR (tel 01745 816773 mobile 07738 820367) TREASURER / ROAD RACE CO-ORDINATOR Dave Francis, Ballaspur, Furrocks Lane, Ness, Neston, South Wirral, CH64 4EH (tel 0151 336 4940) ROAD RACE SECRETARY Margaret Dewsnap, 2 Cae Coch Cottages, Kelsterton Road, Rockcliffe, Flintshire, CH6 5SJ (tel 01244 813127) CHAIRMAN / ROAD RACE CHIEF MARSHAL Dave Edwards, 16 Crosthwaite Ave, Eastham, Wirral, CH62 9DG (tel 0151 327 4399 email: david.edwards10@ntlworld.com) CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER Martin Crook (tel 07423 056280 email: crookmec@talktalk.net) RIDERS LIAISON OFFICER Paul Brandon 41 Hawarden Way, Mancot, Flintshire, CH5 2EL (tel – 01244 950922; email: paulbrandon31@yahoo.co.uk) PRESIDENT: Harold Bowman VICE PRESIDENTS: Dave Barnett, John Barnett, John Broster, Neil Carver, Joe Edwards, Pete Kelly, John Watkin COMMITTEE: All above plus Jimmy Aspinall, Phil Napier, Pete Thompson, Gary Uttley