The Wirral Hundred club’s traditional early-season outing at the iconic Oulton Park on Saturday 23rd April did not disappoint. There was an excellent response from riders, many taking the opportunity to gain track-time ahead of the roads season and various national championship series, and there was an equally impressive number of marshals trackside. The weather also played its part – dry throughout, somewhat chilly at times. Three practice incidents resulted in 20 minutes being lost, but no further disruptions after that and the programme of sixteen 7-lap races was completed in full. The one and only reportable injury was a broken thumb! A good day all-round.
A feature of this meeting is always the marshals’ vote for the rider of the meeting and the award of the Paul Leonard Trophy; never before have so many riders been in contention but after a tie-break, the award went to Matt Waldron for his stylish performances in the Club Supersport races.
A Full report is available in the reports section of the site.
The Wirral Hundred club is synonymous with early season race meetings at Anglesey and the meeting on 19 & 20th March saw dry, sunny but somewhat chilly conditions, only a handful of fallers, no serious stoppages, and some great racing. The only concern was the disappointing level of entries.
A Full report is available in the reports section of the site.
Rider numbers – there was no problem with the weather forecast or the weather, we had a full complement of highly efficient marshals and medics, there were no serious injuries, there was a decent crowd, the commentator was back to his noisy, excitable best, and virtually all the races ran their full distance of 10 or 12 laps. But – oh,dear! – where were the riders, why were the grids so sparse?
Surely we did not deserve such a low turn-out and such a resultant financial loss, a situation that is obviously unsustainable looking forward. Riders – please give us your support and spread the word, starting with Oulton Park next month!
Sat / Sun 30th / 31st July – Anglesey Coastal Circuit - PDF Entry - Online Entry to follow
Sat/Sun 8th/9th October – ‘Anglesey Grand’ – International Circuit - PDF Entry - Online Entry to follow
Date change – please note that the date of the first race meeting of the season has been changed from that provisionally announced to avoid a date clash with another meeting.
Regulations & Entry Forms – we anticipate that these will be available to be downloaded from the Club’s website by mid-February. We are also working on an on-line entry system and it is hoped that this alternative will be available for the first race meeting.
The W100 classes for 2022 are as follows:
- 1. Powerbikes – machines over 700cc. No tyre restrictions.
- With sub-class for machines manufactured before 31st December 2011 (this replaces the Pre-Electronics class)
2. Club Supersport – production-based machines 600cc 4-stroke 4-cylinder and 675cc 4-stroke 3-cylinder, also including latest 636cc 4-cylinder, 765cc 3-cylinder and Ducati 1000cc 2-cylinder, carburettors or fuel injection. No tyre restrictions. (this replaces the Formula 600 class, previously slick tyres were not allowed).
- With sub-class for machines manufactured before 31st December 2010.
- 4. 700cc Twins with no tyre restrictions (previously restricted to 650cc and slick tyres were not allowed).
- 5. 100 – 500cc Allcomers, with no tyre restrictions.
- With sub-class for Formula 400, production-based machines. Treaded tyres
- 6. Pre-Injection 501-1300cc, machines over 500cc with a carburettor; no other restrictions
- 7. Golden Era Supersport – pre-2001 Supersport machines (600cc 4-cylinder & 750cc 2-cylinder), including later versions if the models remained basically unchanged. Treaded tyres.
- 8. Forgotten Era up to 500cc, including Classic Bikes. Pre-1992 machines (pre-1996 for 125cc GP machines). Treaded tyres.
- 9. Open Sidecars
- 10. Senior Open – ie second classes for Powerbikes & Club Supersport (Anglesey events only)
- 11. Junior Open – ie second classes for 700cc Twins, 100–500cc Allcomers, Forgotten Era, & Club Supersport Rookies (Anglesey events only)
At Anglesey all solo riders will, as in previous years, be able to identify at least two classes to compete in. As previously, the Senior and Junior Open races will have one race per day.
ACU British F2 Sidecar Championships – For the 15th year we are again delighted to be hosting a round of the ACU British Formula 2 Sidecar championships at Anglesey, again in June.
FSRA Pre-Injection Sidecar Championships - for several years we have also been organising rounds of the popular FSRA Pre-injection Sidecar championships, which will run alongside the W100 Open Sidecar races and in 2022 we will be pleased to see them three times - at Oulton Park in April and at Anglesey in June and October.
GP Originals – For the third year, we will be hosting a round, the first of the season, of the GP Originals series at Oulton Park. This series is a big boost for post-classic enthusiasts and is for 2-stroke GP machines manufactured in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Full details of the series, eligibility and the technical regulations are available at www.gporiginals.co.uk.
Lansdowne Trophy – after our plans last year were thwarted by the Covid lockdown in Wales, we are delighted for the first time to run a round of this prestigious nationwide series for thoroughbred single-cylinder racing machines of the late 1950’s & early 1960’s (Manx Nortons, G50 Matchlesses and the like). They will be with us in June. Full details of the series, eligibility and the technical regulations are available at www.lansdowneclassic.co.uk.
David Swallow Memorial Race – This race for single-cylinder classic bikes will again be run at the Oulton Park meeting in April. With the continuing support and encouragement of Bill Swallow and with no obvious classic bike date clashes this year, there is every prospect of a full grid.
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 competitor training course (CTC). In view of ongoing Covid concerns for indoor gatherings we will organise a Zoom-based course on Thursday 17th March, commencing at 7pm (previously this was planned for Saturday 19th March).
Unless a potential competitor is able to prove having held an ACU Clubman’s or National licence previously, he or she must also be assessed on-track for their basic riding competence (BRA), and we have allocated time on the afternoon of Saturday 19th March (during our race meeting) for such BRA’s to take place, together with a follow-up of the CTC.
The fee for the combined course and assessment will be just £140, or £60 for the CTC & £80 for the BRA.
A Booking Form for the Course is in the Downloads section of the website; anyone wishing to obtain more details should contact the Club’s New Riders’ Liaison Officer Paul Brandon (tel 01244 950922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
The ACU’s On-line Licence system for 2022 renewals and new applications is now available by following the link https://members.acu.org.uk; the system allows riders 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 are able to provide them with their own PIN, and this number will be required to be entered on the online system as part of the licence application process. 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 paper application form. As per ACU guidelines, the Club is asked to retain a copy of the unique numbers issued with the rider’s name next to it, in case there is a future problem.
Club membership forms can be downloaded from the club website, and we would urge all riders to re-join as soon as possible, so that licences can be applied for and received in good time for the start of the 2022 season.
We are delighted to confirm that the following sponsors have all indicated their support for 2022:
AS RACING has been a part of our paddock scene for some years now providing a paddock tyre supply & fitting and suspension advice service; it will again sponsor the awards for the Formula 600 class. Proprietor Craig Thompson and his team are already well known within the W100 racing fraternity and the Club asks everyone to give them their support. They promise to have a range of tyres available at each meeting, but point out that ‘Pre-Order’ is the only real way not to be disappointed. Craig can be contacted via facebook, or via email at Asracing105@yahoo.com, or by phone at 07947 352236
CARL ROBERTS & EMJESS RACING will again be the trophy sponsors of the Powerbikes class. Carl, a former regular racer, former committee member and trials observer with W100, and now a part-time racer, general advisor and rider sponsor continues to give us this most welcome support.
CREATION CAMPERS, otherwise Simon & Gemma Robins, have already prepaid for the first two meetings for 2022, sponsoring the Golden Era Supersport championship, which Simon won in 2019. We welcome them back.
STEVE DALE MOTORCYCLES of Steeton, West Yorkshire come on board, via James Labdon, to support the Forgotten Era class. Again, many thanks from the older, smaller, lighter end of the paddock.
CHRIS FORSTER, a former sidecar racer and still a great enthusiast for three wheels, steps forward in 2022 to sponsor the W100 Open Sidecars trophies. Welcome Chris and big thanks from the sidecar brigade.
ANGLESEY VANS, owned by friend of the W100 paddock Caskie Owen and based at Trac Mon, continue as sponsors of the Anglesey Senior and Junior Open Races.
We will of course be delighted to hear from other organisations or persons interested in supporting any of our championship classes as trophy sponsors – just £60 per event (£300 for the season) and the championship title is yours.
We have introduced a new online system for marshals’ and officials’ availability in 2022, and all are requested please to go to https://forms.gle/cH7Dn32zmGsrEaMA8 and complete the online form.
Racing, of course, cannot take place unless we have sufficient marshals and officials, and we are always keen to recruit newcomers, male or female, experienced or not experienced. 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. Anyone interested in joining the team or simply in obtaining more initial information, should contact Dave Edwards, the Club’s Chairman and Chief Marshal (contact details below), or any officer or committee member. Thank you.
Having regard to the General Data Protection Regulations, the Club has published a Privacy Notice for Riders, Officials, Marshals and Other Members. This Notice appears in the Downloads section of this website.
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CHAIRMAN: Dave Edwards
VICE CHAIRMAN: Hefin Smith
GENERAL SECRETARY – Pete Thompson, 4 Blackdown Close, Ellesmere Port, CH66 4YE (tel – 0151 348 1139; email: email@example.com)
TREASURER / ROAD RACE CO-ORDINATOR – Dave Francis, Apt 8 Parkgate House, Greenway, Parkgate, Neston, South Wirral, CH64 6XG (tel – 0151 336 4940)
ROAD RACE SECRETARY – Helen Smith, Kerrowmoar, 18 Y Maes, Denbigh, LL16 3JR (tel – 07936 098723; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
ROAD RACE CHIEF MARSHAL – Dave Edwards, 16 Crosthwaite Ave, Eastham, Wirral, CH62 9DG (tel – 0151-327 4399 or 07801 539214; email: email@example.com)
CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER – Martin Crook (tel - 07423 056280; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
RIDERS’ LIAISON OFFICER – Paul Brandon, 41 Hawarden Way, Mancot, Flintshire, CH5 2EL (tel – 01244 950922; email: email@example.com)
SOCIAL SECRETARY – Cheryl Reid, 41 Hawarden Way, Mancot, Flintshire, CH5 2EL (mobile tel – 07771 606049; email firstname.lastname@example.org)
PRESIDENT: Dave Barnett
VICE PRESIDENTS: John Barnett, Margaret Dewsnap, Joe Edwards, Pete Kelly, John Watkin
All above plus Jimmy Aspinall, Neil Broughton, James Labdon, Carol Thompson, Gary Uttley