THE HIGH Peak was well represented as Darley Moor Motorcycle Road Race Club’s 2011 season got underway on Sunday.
The usual contingent of riders was backed up by a number of new faces, who certainly found it hard going and more track time will undoubtedly show great improvements as the season progresses.
Buxton’s Rob Garmory made a welcome return to racing with 11th place in the Open Class against a top quality field, especially as Rob was pitting his 750cc Kawasaki against the majority of 1000cc bikes rode by his competitors.
Sean Healy, riding his 600cc Kawasaki, had a busy afternoon competing in the Peak Cup and the highly-competitive 600cc races.
His efforts were rewarded with 14th and 18th in the Peak Cup, and two 22nd-place finishes in the 600cc races.
Buxton’s Sebastian Brooke had an equally busy day, posting an acceptable 16th and 18th in the Peak Cup, and again giving away horsepower to the majority of his competitors as he managed to finish ninth and eighth in the Open Class.
Formula 125cc rider, Buxton’s William Green, shot his Aprilia to fifth and fourth in the 125cc Championship, and is certainly one to watch as the season progresses.
There was great disappointment in the Sound of Thunder class for reigning champion, Whaley Bridge’s James Ford.
A high side in race one left him without any points, but a spirited second place in race two saw him back to his best. The race was won by Jamie Medhurst on a very competitive Triumph 675.
Ford managed to recover from his high side to finish 12th in the second 600cc race.
Round two of the Darley Moor Championship is due to take place on Easter Monday, April 25.