Ford in fine form at TT warm-up

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High Peak rider James Ford represented Worksop’s Spencer Racing at the Blackfords Pre-TT event at the Billown circuit on the Isle of Man.

He competed and impressed on a Spencer Racing Yamaha 600 in the Geoff Duke Trophy Race and a Kawasaki 750 in the ‘4hire’ Post Classic Senior.

In qualifying on Friday and Saturday at Billown, where the circuit is through narrow streets and the riders ride perilously close to walls and trees, ‘Fordy’ was superb and found himself well up the grid for the start of each race.

His first race on Sunday aboard the Spencer Yamaha saw him take the flag in seventh place in atrocious weather conditions.

Ford was the first 600cc rider to finish in the Geoff Duke race.

Weather conditions improved for his second race, the ‘4hire’ sponsored event where he rode the ex-Ray Stringer WSB 750 Kawasaki to a fantastic fifth place.

A team spokesman said there had been numerous messages from racing fans across the world who had been following the racing’s live coverage on Manx Radio on the internet.

Ford’s next event is the CRMC Championship round at Cadwell Park on the 10th/11th June where he will be riding alongside Spencer Racing teammates Ervin Wallace (Nottingham), Jason Burrill (Bourne), Frank Walton (Sheffield), Steve Panter (Nottingham), Dorian Eardley (Grantham) all Yamaha 600 mounted, Pete Weston (Nottingham) on a Matchless G50, Paul Rogers (Nottingham) Honda 500 and flying over from America will be Pete Newell who will be racing an NRP Exhausts Honda 500.

More details can be found on Classic Racing Motorcycle Club CRMC.