Rockingham's Coys Festival race 8

28th May 2001 Race 8 - Transatlantic Trophy for 1970's 4 Stroke Bikes 10 Laps The second part of the Transatlantic Trophy for 1970's 4-stroke bikes provided the first track action of the day with Philip Sharp taking a well deserved victory to...

28th May 2001

Race 8 - Transatlantic Trophy for 1970's 4 Stroke Bikes
10 Laps

The second part of the Transatlantic Trophy for 1970's 4-stroke bikes provided the first track action of the day with Philip Sharp taking a well deserved victory to add to yesterday evening's second place. Once again it was action for the entire race with changes of leadership seemingly happening at every corner.

The grid formed in the finishing order of yesterday's race and at the green light Phil Davenport led off the line, getting past Philip Sharp who pulled a wheelie off the line. Fourth placed Simon Walsh was slow away dropping to seventh, but recovered well to end the opening lap in second place.

Lap one finished with Davenport leading from Walsh, Ed Morris and Dave Johnson on the leading Japanese machine. As the race progressed Davenport started to pull out a healthy lead as four bikes fought for the minor podium positions. Suddenly Davenport slowed, allowing Morris to take the lead. Davenport recovered to continue in second with Dave Pither snapping at his rear wheel. Pither on his Triumph Triple had worked his way up from the back of the field and was soon challenging Morris for the lead after passing Davenport who was clearly having a problem or two.

As the field started the fifth lap it was Pither who took the lead with Davenport and Morris right behind. In fact the top six riders were covered by less than two tenths of a second and it was anyone's race for the taking. Suddenly Davenport's problems became terminal as he pulled off the circuit as they approached the turn for the infield section. His problem allowed Philip Sharp to pull away from the chasing pack and he looked like he had the race in the bag as the final two laps approached.

On the very last corner a back marker unsighted Sharp and he had to run wide as he turned onto the start/finish straight. Dave Pither got a run on the leading machine and got alongside Sharp as they approached the line. Philip Sharp just had enough momentum to take the chequered flag ahead of Dave Pither by a slim one hundredth of a second. Ed Morris took the final podium position to make it a British 1-2-3, with Dave Johnson's Kawasaki being the top Japanese finisher in 5th.

-RMS-

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