The location is unchanged from last year – the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel, just outside Chester on the A41, Whitchurch Road, Christleton; we have been very well treated there for the last five years, so here we go again! Award winners and regular officials & marshals will have received their free-ticket invitations with the new-year newsletter and all 2018 members will have received a Ticket Request Form: the hope is that the paddock community as a whole will support us, bid farewell to 2018 and get the 2019 season off to a great start. For paying guests the ticket price has been retained at a very reasonable £32 – three course meal, table wine, guest speaker and disco. Margaret Dewsnap has added another string to her bow and has taken over the responsibility for collecting the Ticket Request Forms, etc, so please return them to her as soon as possible, and by 26th January, please. Anyone wishing to stay overnight at the hotel (at the W100 concessionary room rate of £90 for bed & breakfast) should contact the hotel direct (via its website or tel: 0844 815 9001); 25 rooms have been reserved for us.
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 23th March. The fee for the combined course will be just £120, or £50 for the CTC & £70 for the BRA. Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Club’s New Riders’ Liaison Officer Paul Brandon (Tel 01244 950922 or email email@example.com) for a Booking Form.
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. Club membership forms have been distributed to all 2018 members, 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 2019 season. Those potential racers who attended our New Riders Courses (CTC) in March 2018, but who have not yet applied for a licence, are reminded to do so by 23rd March 2019, otherwise their CTC / BRA certificate obtained at that Course will become invalid.
Sat 16 February – Annual Dinner Dance & Presentation of Awards
Sat 23 March – Anglesey (Test Day) – Coastal Circuit – (open to all ACU licence holders), incorporating New Riders’ Course
Sun 24 March – Anglesey – Coastal Circuit
Sat 27 April – Oulton Park
Sat / Sun 22/23 June – Anglesey – Coastal Circuit (Sat) & International Circuit (Sun)
Sat/ Sun 3/4 August – Anglesey – International Circuit
Sat/Sun 12/13 October – ‘Anglesey Grand’ – International Circuit
2019 CLASSES AND RACE FORMATS
The W100 classes planned for 2019 are broadly unchanged from 2018 and are as follows:
1. Powerbikes – machines over 700cc, with no tyre restrictions.
2. Pre-Electronics Powerbikes – machines over 700cc, produced in the period 1998 – 2008, 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. No tyre restrictions.
3. Formula 600
4. 650 Twins.
5. 100 – 500cc Allcomers, with no tyre restrictions.
6. Pre-Injection 501-1300cc (ie machines over 500cc with a carburettor)
7. Golden Era Supersport – pre-2001 Supersport machines (600cc 4-cylinder & 750cc 2-cylinder), including later versions if the models remained basically unchanged.
8. Forgotten Era - pre-1991 and up to 500cc, including Classics Bikes
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, Forgotten Era, & novice-licence 600’s (Anglesey events only)
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.
Support - 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. Likewise we continue to rely heavily on the ongoing support of marshals and officials. Thank you.
ACU & FSRA Sidecar Championships
For the 13th year in succession we are again delighted to be hosting a round of the ACU/FSRA British Formula 2 Sidecar championships at Anglesey in August; also rounds of the increasingly popular FSRA Pre-injection Sidecar championships at Oulton Park in April and at Anglesey in October.
For the first time, we will be hosting a round 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.
Earlystocks Racing Club Championship
For the fourth 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 in April and at Anglesey in 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 will again be run at the Oulton Park meeting in April. With the continuing support and encouragement of Bill Swallow and with no obvious date clashes this year, there is every prospect of a full grid.
We are delighted to report that our main 2018 sponsor will again be supporting us in 2019: PAUL BLAND MOTORSPORT has for the past few years sponsored the awards for the Formula 600 class and 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.
Sponsorship opportunities We will of course be delighted to hear from other organisations 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.
Racing 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 and, if marshalling is your aim, you will be properly trained in the various safety aspects. Anyone interested in joining the team 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.
CHAIRMAN: Dave Edwards
VICE CHAIRMAN: Hefin Smith
GENERAL SECRETARY – Pete Thompson, 4 Blackdown Close, Ellesmere Port, CH66 4YE (tel – 0151 348 1139; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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)
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)
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, John Jones, James Labdon, Phil Napier, Carol Thompson, Gary Uttley