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Round 11 of the TT Championship, Bruntingthorpe 10

Riders lined up at Bruntingthorpe for the 11th round of the 2021 Club Championship last night (3rd August).

Still conditions gave way to gentle easterly breeze for the 10 mile TT  with riders quickly finding out that combined with the grippy surface it was not going to be a super fast night.  Truth be told it was tough!

The Whizz Kids enjoyed a challenging session led by Kevin Mills.

Building on the super atmosphere of recent circuit races, the TT was competitive, with a gaggle of Whizz Kids enthusiastically cheering on parents after their session finished.

Jason Williams came out on top (22:45), closely pursued by Hans Van Nierop in second (22:50), and Dom Switzer in third (and also top juvenile, 23:12).  Linda Hubbard was the fastest lady (25:48),  Kian Traynor the fastest junior (25:21), and Chris Orfeur (24:45) fastest on a Road Bike (25:41).

Well done all!

As for me, I went off last, and far too hard on the first lap, but it was great fun.

Slick work by the volunteers and timekeepers made it a great event, the first TT run by the Club under TLI rules and regulations.

Some cracking pictures, taken by Simon Askham, can be found here: 

Having grown up in Upper Bruntingthorpe and then Gilmorton (basically at either end of the site), helped wash some of the first jets that arrived at Bruntingthorpe with 1st Gilmorton Scouts in the mid 1980s, and then fell in love with Welland Valley CC at the TTs and circuit races when I joined ten years ago,  our return to the site this year personally resonates with me.

But most of all, hearing a  Whizz Kid excitedly shout “look, there are big kids racing too! We could do this one day” on seeing Jamie, Ruby and Joseph et al in last week’s circuit race was just brilliant.

Thank you Cox Automotive for hosting us, it means a lot.

Jon Durnin

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