27th May 2001 Race 7 - Transatlantic Trophy for 1970's 4 Stroke Bikes 10 Laps A day of superb historic racing finished with a race on two wheels when twenty three bikes from the 1970's took to the track. The fans who stayed to the end of the...
27th May 2001
Race 7 - Transatlantic Trophy for 1970's 4 Stroke Bikes
A day of superb historic racing finished with a race on two wheels when twenty three bikes from the 1970's took to the track. The fans who stayed to the end of the day were treated to a classic race as Phil Davenport brought his RPS Triumph home to victory after a race long battle with Philip Sharp.
At the start it was pole position holder Ed Morris who led away, but Davenport made an explosive get away from 12th on the grid to challenge Morris on his BSA Triple and Sharp on his BSA Rob North 3. For the next few laps the lead changed at almost every corner as the top three riders tried to find a race winning advantage over their rivals. Simon Walsh and Dave Johnson joined the top three riders and these five soon distanced themselves from the rest of the field.
On the fifth lap Morris, Davenport and Sharp crossed the line three abreast, with Morris holding a slight advantage as they swung into the first corner. At the hairpin Davenport dived on the inside to move into the lead as Morris started to drop away from Davenport and Sharp. It was now the leading pair of riders that provided the action over the final couple of laps with Morris holding the advantage at the first corner, only to be passed at the hairpin by Davenport.
The pair crossed the line with Phil Davenport just two tenths ahead of Philip Sharp. Ed Morris had dropped away to a distant third, holding off the challenge of Simon Walsh.
"I missed a couple of gear changes and I ran wide a few times," a very happy Phil Davenport admitted after the race, "but that was a great race. I've ridden at Le Mans, Magny-Cours and Silverstone and this circuit is fantastic." Philip Sharp was smiling as he collected his garland, "That was a lot of fun, but Phil was the better rider on the day. The bike was faultless and I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow morning."