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…

 

Mike Bonett’s SX-alike racer was originally built for Evo Production class but now will race Production Class with an RB20 kit.
Mike Bonett’s SX-alike racer was originally built for Evo Production class but now will race Production Class with an RB20 kit.

 

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). 

 

The 2018 Flake Racing Scootopia team for Production Class.
The 2018 Flake Racing Scootopia team for Production Class.

 

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.

 

The Scomadi Cup riders at Mallory practice
The Scomadi Cup riders at Mallory practice

 

New Class – Scomadi Cup

 

Racing from the same grid as Production Class is the new Scomadi Cup series using unmodified Scomadi 200s; which we wrote about here and here.

 

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.

 

BSSO

 

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.

 

One of Norrie Kerr’s old race Vespas was revived for Mallory test day
One of Norrie Kerr’s old race Vespas was revived for Mallory test day

 

Split Grids

 

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.

 

 

Sticky put Underdog through its paces at the Mallory test day
Sticky put Underdog through its paces at the Mallory test day

 

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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