Do you want to watch some good scooter racing this season but are you confused about the classes? Let SLUK give you a little guidance about the changes this season and who is doing what…
New Class – Production Evo
At last year’s BSSO meeting a suggestion was made to provide an upgrade path for riders in the massively popular Production Class (open to Vespas but entirely based on smallblock AF RB20 engines for the Lambrettas). The new class would also be based on smallblock casings but open to any untouched kit up to 200cc (therefore excluding the new Quattrini 210).
Team Flake Racing/Scootopia built a Production Evo class scooter for Mikey Bonnet of JB Tuning (far right above) to pilot, and test at Mallory Park, however with a low entry to this group, Mikey has now built an RB20 engine so that scooter can run in the conventional Production Class.
The initial suggestion was that Production Evo would become the successor to the waning Group 4 class but that idea now looks like it has died on its arse.
New Class – Scomadi Cup
So far five riders have entered for the first meeting with another two due to join shortly. At the Mallory test day the leading Scomadis of Gary Peacock (SQooter) and John Woods were actually lapping at a very respectable pace for standard scooters. Now joined by Lee Giles (Bangkok Scooter Centre), Shaun Fairhead and Zac Tingle, this class has the potential for some really close racing. The Scomadis are slightly down on power compared to the Production Class Lambrettas they’ll share the track with, but automatic transmission could give them an edge on twistier tracks.
New Feature – Saturday Qualifying
At 2-day meetings, the racers have sacrificed their first race in order to post grid qualifying times. At the moment the exact format of the qualification scenario isn’t clear, so we can’t know how it’ll play out at the meetings but you can find out at Mallory tomorrow.
Hopefully, at most of the meetings, there will actually be twice as many scooter races to watch as there was a few years ago.
PRODUCTION GRID will feature Scomadi Cup and Production Class (with Mikey Bonnet, Graham Tatton and auto-class rocketman Lee Bamber all coming out to challenge last year’s victor Justin Price) as well as any Production Auto and Production Evo machines. This season VE UK have also supported the idea of a separate Vespa Production Championship.
SPECIALS GRID will feature both the highly-tuned Group 6 and Group 6A (auto) machines, as well as any remaining Group 4 (piston-ported) contenders. This will also be the grid where you find Open Class machines such as Darren Conneely’s Replay water-cooled Casa Performance SSR265 Lambretta.
Get Yourself Along, the two-day season opener is at Mallory park on Saturday 14th-Sunday 15th April…
Words and photos: Sticky and Shaun Hodgkin
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