Sat 12th October / Sun 13th October
Wirral 100 Motor Club – The Anglesey Grand
The Wirral 100 Motor Club holds its final race meeting of the 2019 season at Anglesey Circuit this coming weekend. It will be a busy weekend on the 2.1 mile International Circuit with a host of championship races, and the 26th running of the “Anglesey Grand”, sponsored by Deeside Motorcycle Centre (formerly Paul Bland Motorsport). The entry of over 160 riders is the best of the year and the event promises to be an exceptional finale to the motorcycle race season.
The club enters the final rounds with only two of the eleven championships decided – a double for Andy Jackson in both the 100-500cc All-comers and the Anglesey Junior Open. Competition in the remaining classes will be fierce for the season’s top honours.
Jon Wright has an almost unassailable lead in the Pre-Injection class, while the other classes are much closer and will involve sort-outs between the current top two. In the Golden Era Supersport class, it’s James Leatham and Simon Robins who are in contention, although pre-season favourite Tim Bradley returns to the fray after injuring himself at Oulton Park in April and is sure to be a spoiler to the others. Similarly, the 650 Twins championship is now a two-horse race between Tim Sayers and Mike Bampton. The same applies to Chris Eden and Carl Jones in the Formula 600 class, Scott Shand and Graham Hornby in the Powerbikes, and to Chris Eden (again) and Scott Shand (again) in the Anglesey Senior Open, but in all three of these classes, with an influx of fast end-of-season non-championship contenders, the riders concerned will simply be concentrating on finishing ahead of the usual protagonists. The closest championship is that for Pre-Electronics Powerbikes where just one-point separates Jon Wright and Adrian Kershaw, and in Forgotten Era where Ian Riley could conceivably be caught by either Phil Millard or Stephen Kennedy.
Current leaders in the Open Sidecars are Steve Markland & Owen Rigby but as they have to be elsewhere on Saturday, it leaves everything to play for. The four sidecar races will include teams competing in the nationwide FSRA Pre-Injection Sidecar series. The most experienced team is Rob Fisher, ten times a winner of TT races, and Rick Long; they have had a dominant year in the F2 class and have amassed 195 points, 65 points clear of father and-son duo Jody & Reece Sims, but with 100 points available at this final weekend, it’s not over yet. In the F1 class, things could not be closer with Wes Pettman & various passengers and Dave Tibbles & Raitch Greenwood tied on 138 points.
The focus of Sunday afternoon will be the two 12-lap legs of the “Anglesey Grand”. Entry for the Grand is by invitation and will feature not only those Powerbikes and F600 riders who have competed successfully in past W100 meetings and other events, but also those other riders impressing on Saturday. These will certainly include some of the very welcome visitors, as usual adding to the magic of the Grand. The first three on aggregate will win some iconic glassware, there will be a special award for the best F600, and £2,000 of prize money is on offer.
If the going is dry the 1000cc Powerbikes should have the edge, and the usual top-runners, Scotsman Scott Shand, the consistent veteran Graham Hornby, the Welsh flag-flyer Joey Taylor, and the 2018 Junior Manx GP winner James Chawke will feature somewhere at the front but the competition this time is ultra-strong. Johnny Blackshaw, the 2018 “Grand” winner and many times Club champion (if he can secure a bike!), Adam Jenkinson, former BSB front-runner and the “Grand” winner for the four years from 2014 to 2017, Jamie Coward, top privateer in this year’s TT, Matt Jones, the W100 Powerbikes champion in 2017, and Josh Owens, a former W100 GP125, British GP125 and BSB Moto2 champion and a double-winner of the Senior Open here in June aboard his Kalex GP2 bike, all return and will add quality to the mix.
Despite the obvious power disadvantages the 600s always enjoy these longer races and put on a good show: Chris Eden, Carl Jones, Chris Jones, Eoin Collins and Adrian Kershaw have featured strongly all year, but keep an eye on Max Wadsworth, a top runner in the Thundersport GB championship and young Manxman Nathan Harrison, winner of both the Junior and Senior Manx GPs last month.
Race Classes include:
- Powerbikes (Modern & Pre-Electronics)
- Formula 600
- 100-500cc Allcomers
- 650 Twins
- Golden Era Supersport
- Forgotten Era including Classic Bikes
- Classic Bikes
- Junior Open
- Senior Open
- Open Sidecars
- FSRA Pre-injection Sidecars
- “The Anglesey Grand” for invited riders
1 Day: £15
2 Days: £20
Under 16s: FREE
Strictly no animals admitted