BSSO 2013: Rounds 4 & 5 – Three Sisters
July 22nd, 2013
The BSSO championship saw its 4th & 5th round take place at the Three Sisters kart track in Wigan. With warm sunny weather and some pretty busy grids in all race groups there was some pretty exciting and unfortunately eventful racing to be seen. Below are a few words from young rider Joe Ravenscroft at just 16 years of age who took part in the Group 6 category on board a heavily tuned Lambretta which was built, owned and maintained by Darryl Taylor of Taylor Tuning over in Doncaster.
“For the 4th round of the BSSO championship we went to sunny Wigan to the 3 sister’s track. This track wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea as it’s a tight twisty track but personally I don’t mind it.
The first race on the Saturday was the geared scooters. I was on pole position and I knew I had to get a decent start as it would be a close battle for position. For the whole eight lap race I was swapping the lead with Stuart Day on nearly every lap. Stuart pipped me over the line but unknown to anyone he was given a 10 second penalty for a jump start which demoted him to second place with Doug Turner finishing in third.
Next up was the Auto scooter race. Damon Tunnicliffe led from start to finishing coming home first on his 77cc Piaggio Zip ahead of Jon Davis on his Gilera Runner 179cc closely followed by Jons dad Roland in third place.
The second race for the geared scoots didn’t go to plan as we suffered a DNF whilst leading. The race was won by Doug Turner with Darren Conneely coming in second followed by Michael Bonnett in third.
The second auto race was nearly a carbon copy of race one being won by Damon Tunnicliffe with Jon Davis in third and his dad Roland in third.
Sunday 2nd June
Geared race 1 – After an engine swap on Saturday evening we were the first race out again. I had to start at the back of the grid due to the DNF on Saturday. Unfortunately on the second lap Stuart Day crashed injuring his shoulder which brought out the red flag.On the re-run another crash also brought out the red flag yet again resulting in the race being postponed until the end of the day.
Track side engine swap taking place in between races! #teamwork
Next up was the first auto race of the day with Damon Tunnicliffe claiming the victory yet again followed by Chris Cook in second and Roland Davis third.
Geared race 2 – I got a good start and took my time cutting through the pack to take the lead on lap five setting the fastest lap time of the weekend overall. I took the chequered flag followed by Steve Conneely in second and Micahel Bonnett in third place.
The last race of the weekend for the autos saw Damon ending his weekend with yet another win despite nearly falling off the side of the scooter when the back tyre let go, followed by Jon Davis second and up and coming rider Ryan Clipstone in third place.
The last race of the weekend was a re-run of Sunday mornings first geared race. After only half a lap the race was red flagged for the third time due to a serious incident, the race was then abandoned.
My weekends racing was good with two race wins, fastest lap but an unfortunate DNF. Many thanks to Darryl Taylor and Lee Threlfall of Taylor Tuning for their hard work preparing and maintaining their bike over the weekend. I hope everyone involved in the incidents make a full and speedy recovery.”
Check out the next round of the BSSO series on the 27 / 28th July at Lydden Hill.
Words: Joe Ravenscroft
Pictures: Tom Ravenscroft