Group one was Jan Bos (Velox S), Trefor Evans (Bluenose), Thomas van Schaik (Cygnus) and Damjan Zabovnik (Eivie 4). The first three all got down the course successfully, but Damjan once again encountered starting problems and withdrew to lick his wounds.
|Velox S with rider Jan Bos waits for the signal to start|
|Damjan launch FAIL|
Back up to the start for the second heat. Runners were Dave Sianez (Big Nose Pete), Calvin Moes (Bluenose), Florian Kowalik (Norus) and Sergei Dashevski (Tativa 3). All were successful and Florian, who is fourteen, earned himself a 50 mph hat into the bargain.
|Tativa about to set off|
|Calvin in Bluenose ready to start|
Time to take the distance marker signs down. But what's this? Jonathan Woolrich has got his motor-car stuck? Oh dear! Some sturdy types were sent from catch and, since Jonathan is driving a Fraud Siesta this year, were able to get him back on terra firma. On arriving back at the Civic Centre Scott Wilson was given a stern ticking off by someone from the Sheriff's Department for not indicating or slowing down sufficiently when turning in the car park. Jun Nogami has also received a ticking off, for posting the results to the Web before reading them out at the post-race meeting. The meeting came and went eventually, but there was about half an hour of doing bugger-all before it started. I wanted to kill seven different people. At the close, Thomas (the Prince of the Cones) asked when we would be putting a couple of orange marker cones a couple of hundred metres before catch, as previously requested.
We already had.
For the benefit of Mr Middleton, and Mr Knight, and the Home Secretary's private secretary's secretary's assistant secretary's assistant, Mr Obree did not run this morning as he had not completed his gearing-up exercise.
All the machinery was then gathered in the building for what they are now calling a "Show & Shine". With the number of starting mishaps encountered thus far, "shine" may be the wrong word. As usual the place was invaded with Tinies asking often rather sensible questions and getting any unfamiliar adult to autograph things. I managed to avoid most of this by going back to the Super 8 and having a BEER prior to returning for the free lunch.
|A Tiny extricates himself from Primal 2|
|Velox 3 spare fairing|
|Eivie 4 separates into two to allow rider ingress and egress|
|Steve Nash's T-shirt|
It was looking like a fast day as we arrived at the course, where Al Krause suggested we move the catch warning cone to the middle of timing before Auré's run. Naughty man. We were intending to run fifteen riders again and for once the wind was legal for all runs except the very first. Heat one consisted of Todd Reichert (Bluenose), Alex Selwa (Vortex), Blake Anton (Primal 2), Wil Baselmans (Velox 3) and Florian Kowalik (Norus). Sadly Todd crashed Bluenose after it had an attack of the wobs, possible as a result of running a radial Michelin on the back and a regular tyre on the front. Speeds were good, Wil clocking in excess of 73 mph.
|Florian being Not Nervous|
The final heat contained Sebastiaan Bowier (Velox 3), Ben Goodall (Nitro), Barbara Buatois (Varna Tempest), Aurélien Bonneteau (Altaïr 4) and Jan-Marcel van Dijken (Cygnus). Ben and Barbara were over 70; the other three over 75. Auré was fastest of the day with a 76.5 mph run, and he managed a textbook performance in catch. Results are here.
|Purple anodised bits, Ben? That's so 90s!|