|Darleen Drehmel photo|
Saturday was a bit cooler than Friday's mid 80's, but still very nice, probably mid 70's. I spent the first practice breaking in the fresh rings and bore, and the new brake linings, and picked up the pace in the 2nd practice and the bike seemed to run very well. The 350GP was the 2nd race of the day and we were gridded in the 1st wave with 350 Sportsman being the 2nd wave. Alex McLean got the jump at the start on his Drixton Aemacchi, but then missed the 1st to 2nd shift and I got ahead and led into turn #1 and stayed in 1st into the 7th lap, though I could hear a bike close behind.
|Leading the field exiting turn#4. #122 Alex McLean, #950 Don Hollingsworth, #2 Jonathan Hollingsworth. Etech Photo|
|At Saturday's award ceremony. Ron Melton photo|
Sun., it was decided to do just one round of practice and have a few races before lunch (ostensibly because of a threat of weather), which was fine by me as I was only going to do a few laps to conserve my tires.
In the 350GP, I beat Alex off the line and led the first lap. On the second lap, Alex came by in a corner and I followed him onto the straight where, like Sat. I motored by. But, Alex went really deep in turn #1 and slowly pulled away.
|Alex McLean on a Drixton Aermacchi leads through turn #5. Etech Photo|
We did get some rain during lunch and 'quiet time', but hardly the severe thunderstorms that were predicted. The sun came out and the wind picked up and the track largely dried quickly. There was a huge delay cleaning up an oil spill and all the remaining races remained 6 laps.
The SOT 3/F-500/500GP/500 Premiere finally got under way, but there were only 20 starters overall as opposed to the 26 on Sat., as many people left because of the threat of rain or just fed up waiting out the long cleanup delay. By now, my rear tire was really shagged and the track was slower because there were the odd damp patches, esp. where the cleanup had taken place. again I got ahead of most of the F-500 bikes and a couple of the SOT3 bikes. Coming out of the last corner, Alex McLean passed me on his 500 Norton Manx and out dragged me to the finish line, beating me by less the 0.2 sec. So, I beat Alex (he on two different bikes) twice Sat., and he beat me twice Sun.
|Getting the word from Art Kowitz. Darleen Drehmel|
|Tim 'Merciless' Mings gets a autograph so he can hawk it on eBay. Darleen Drehmel photo|