It was a wet and miserable start to the British Masters Championship at the weekend as round one kicked off in some ropey conditions leaving the usually awesome Hawkstone Park sand soaked right through.
Usually a track I very much like; in years passed I’ve even gone as far as calling it my favourite, I definitely couldn’t of said that for it over the weekend as the soaking wet conditions definitely weren’t turning me on.
It was a difficult day, not only in navigating the track surface, but with man and machine too as overcoming an assortment of issues during the day seemed every bit as prominent as actually twisting the throttle.
The importance of the start grew tenfold as the rain continued to fall for the entire morning but a good start is something I didn’t achieve. After battling my way from around the middle of the field early doors I reached as high as third position by mid race before relinquishing my googles and riding the remainder of the race bleary eyed but safely in third spot.
Race two start roulette drew much of the same outcome and by now the track had develop one very favourable dry line around the entire lap. Some more risky riding in the early stages looking out with the predominant race line payed off as I moved into second place just before developing a problem with the bike which I then had to nurse around for what was left on the timing clock. With the 3-2 race card banked, second overall was the final outcome and a decent way to start another championship for 2015.
Also under the stable roof this weekend was Pendrich Kawasaki 250f kid class hero, Lee Perfect, who was again in attendance and behind the gate South of the border for his first time this season.
Standing at only 5ft 4′ and a newbie to the highly competitive MXY2 class, it was an unknown as to how the kid was going to fair in amongst National competition. But, ‘Wee’ Perfect delivered and showed his determined nature by riding with his usual unflustered aggression in each of the weekends four races to have a weekend best of fourth place, and a worst of eighth, to earn him a very solid and satisfying start to his British Masters MXY2 championship campaign by holding down sixth position after round one.