Last weekend saw the penultimate BSSO meeting at Croft, a meeting put on by Time Attack/Petrol & Pistons as a chance for our racers to be seen by people outside the world of two wheels. Fantastic weather, record crowds and fast racing ensured the spectators got their tenners worth from the day. With 3 geared and 3 auto races it meant the racers weren’t stood about waiting for as long as usual either. A successful day all round.
Production Class rider, James Lancaster #81 gives us his thoughts on the meeting and his season so far.
Thanks to: Lee Hollick for the action shots
Additional photos: Iggy & Sticky
Words: James Lancaster
James Lancaster – Production Class
In 2016 I got approached by Andrew Francis to race his new Production Class bike, which obviously I said yes to. I asked more about the Production Class and what it was all about. To put it in a short sentence – it’s to allow people who haven’t got a big budget to get out on the track and still be competitive, which to me is a fantastic idea. The class has grown in size over the season, even having the biggest grid at some meetings. The season started great with a few lads picking up the pace early on, with the likes of SLUKs own rider Barrie Braithwaite, Stephen Hamilton and Zac Tingle all in the mix I knew it was going to be a great season.
Throughout the year there has been six different winners in the class and still to this date no one has taken the championship. There’s still only a few points splitting 1st 2nd and 3rd so it’s going to go to the final round at Cadwell. The racing all year has been so close and in my eyes the best I’ve had of my racing career. With the bikes all being the same you really have to find the limit of the bike and then some to get an advantage over your opponents which is very hard.
Everyone who I’ve spoken to about the class has said how great it is for the sport, drawing in not just new riders but scooter shops and sponsors to the sport and raising the profile of the BSSO. In the six years I’ve been racing scooters in the BSSO I personally think this is one of the best things to happen to the sport in a long time. The grids are filling up all the time with new talent. I would like to wish everyone taking part in the BSSO the very best of luck for Cadwell Park.
As a whole the BSSO has been growing not just in the new Production Class but also in the leading class of Group 6. The premier class has opened the doors for riders and tuners to really push the performance limits of these machines. The Casa race team have certainly kept people on their toes with some fantastic riding which has to been seen to be believed.
On every rally, rideout or forum people are talking about the BSSO this year and spectator attendance has increased at every round. The live feeds from the racing has certainly had people talking. Croft was a fantastic feature providing not just scooter racing but ‘Time Attack’ as well where people were racing against the clock to put in the fastest lap times. The crowds there were fantastic with a lot of car enthusiasts coming over to say how great it was to see these machines being raced around. I think it was a superb event and hopefully in the future we can organise another one making it even more popular.
Cheers james lancaster #81
Full results, top speeds, intermediate times and plenty more useful info and stats from the Time Attack BSSO round at Croft can be found at the following link: Time Attack results
Lee Hollick Photography
Sticky & Iggy’s images