Feeling the heat at Darley Moor

Darley Moor 4th Round - 26/6/11. '112: Martyn Green. 'Photo: Eric Whitehead/Camerasport Ltd.
Darley Moor 4th Round - 26/6/11. '112: Martyn Green. 'Photo: Eric Whitehead/Camerasport Ltd.
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A 30ºc temperature affected most of the competitors in the fourth round of the Darley Moor Motorcycle Road Race Championship on Sunday.

No-one felt the heat more than James Ford of Whaley Bridge, riding his 675cc Triumph, as he strives to retain his Sound of Thunder title.

Darley Moor 4th Round - 26/6/11. '88: Seb Brooke. 'Photo: Eric Whitehead/Camerasport Ltd.

Darley Moor 4th Round - 26/6/11. '88: Seb Brooke. 'Photo: Eric Whitehead/Camerasport Ltd.

An impressive double from his main competitor and championship leader Jamie Medhurst opened up a greater gap in the title chase.

However, there are still plenty of points at stake as we reach the halfway point, and Ford should be hopeful of closing the gap.

Ford resisted doing both races in the 600cc Championship, but having put his most focused event behind him, lined up for the second race and stormed to a very creditable third place in what is probably the most competitive class on the programme.

Impressive rides from Buxton’s Seb Brooke did not result in top finishes. Brooke, getting more track time during the open class races, finished both in 15th position, but it should be remembered that he is campaigning a 750cc bike against the more powerful 1,000cc superbikes.

Darley Moor 4th Round - 26/6/11. '104: James Ford. 'Photo: Eric Whitehead/Camerasport Ltd.

Darley Moor 4th Round - 26/6/11. '104: James Ford. 'Photo: Eric Whitehead/Camerasport Ltd.

However in his focus class the pre-98s, he finished a respectable fifth and fourth, posting the fastest lap in race two of 01:02:41.

Brooke achieved a respectable tenth place in the newcomers race.

Rob Garmory, abandoning his previous bike, is now campaigning a 400cc Kawasaki in the pre-98s class, again giving away many cc’s on a circuit that is basically made up of a triangle with two very long and fast straights.

Garmory finished third and fourth in his under-500cc category, having been placed 15th overall in both of his two races.

Darley Moor 4th Round - 26/6/11. '44: Chris Smith. 'Photo: Eric Whitehead/Camerasport Ltd.

Darley Moor 4th Round - 26/6/11. '44: Chris Smith. 'Photo: Eric Whitehead/Camerasport Ltd.

Chris Smith is getting to grips with his pre-injection 600cc Yamaha with very creditable third and fourth places in his class.

Using the advantage of a very old established team RSR racing, results will improve as the season progresses.

Howard Green rattled his Aprilia around to seventh place in race one of the Formula 125cc Championship, but sadly was unable to complete a lap in race two.

Martyn Green is finding the competition quite daunting in the classes he runs in - the Peak Cup, which is open to any class of machine, and the 600cc Championships, are without doubt the most competitive on the programme.

Green finished down the field in race one of the Peak Cup and sadly did not finish in race two.

In the 600cc Championship, Green finished 20th in race one and improved considerably to finish 15th in race two.