CCS Race Weekend #3/4 (Twin Sprints)

Well this is a late and quick report on the final weekend of the season at NJMP. It was a “twin sprints” weekend so it was like having two weekends in one. Instead of doin 11 races in 2 days I opted to sit out of the ULSB races since I wasn’t at the top in those points anyway and I needed to preserve energy and tires to make it through the weekend. We also chose not to do the Friday practice this time. Saturdays morning practice was just for shaking off the cob-webs since I hadn’t been on track since July. I felt pretty rusty but finally laid down a couple decent laps and felt better. The first race Saturday was the GTL (25 min race) and that’s always a good race to get a groove going in. Unfortunately, for the second time with this bike I had a needle clip break in one of my carbs and was unable to finish the race, that was too bad since I was doing well in the points for that class and was running up front in the race. Theo and I were able to make a quick fix of it and luckily I never missed a race. Four more races later on Saturday were great with good weather and track conditions. So, Saturdays results were: GTL=DNF, LWSB=3rd, LWF40=1st, LWGP=2nd, Thunderbike= 2nd.

Sundays forecast was for some rain but it held off until mid-day. Since the racing started early I was able to get in the LWF40 before it got wet. It got really wet. I went out to see how the DOTs would fare and after the LWSB out-lap I came in. The front was sliding all over and most other riders were on rains so I was not in a position to be competitive. Thunderbike was even more wet, I sat that out too. Theo went down in T5 in the LWSB (I think). It was minor, only requiring a rear-set replacement which went quickly and he never missed a race either. Things started drying out nicely after that and I took my chances on a damp track for my last race of the season. It was a cautious race for everyone but a race nonetheless. I took second with a last lap attempt to catch the first place rider but I did not plan well enough and failed to make it happen. Sundays results were: LWF40=1st, LWSB=DNS, Thunderbike=DNS, LWGP=2nd. It looks like Theo and I will have a reason to attend the awards dinner again this year and pick up some track and class trophies.

No pics of me this weekend bet here’s Theo with one of his three. The grin is not only for the trophies but for besting his lap records as well.

And sunrise at NJMP.

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