CRMC PC125GP Round 5 – Donington

Race Report:

Donington Park and its Classic Motorcycle Festival was the host for round 5 of the CRMC Post Classic GP125 Championship. Great weather and good crowds provided both excellent conditions and a great atmosphere for the weekends action.

Andy qualified 4th for Fridays and Saturdays races in a short ten minute session Friday morning, with over forty bikes on track it was a lottery to get a good time so anywhere on the front two rows was ok.

Friday’s race was the normal frantic GP125 action, eventually the first four riders pulled clear. The lead changed several times a lap but Andy lost the drag to the line by 0.119 of a second to finish second place.

Saturday’s race was much the same but Andy used the lessons from Fridays loss to win a very similar race by the slimmest of margins this season of only 0.024 of a second.

The Grid for Sundays race was set from the lap times on Saturday which gave Andy pole with his new lap record time. Race one saw Andy lead on lap one momentarily but dropping to second at the start of lap two. The motorcycle was not running correctly which was later diagnosed to be a broken reed petal, Andy managed the situation to again finish 2nd .

Sundays second race was again a very tight affair, a slow start gave Andy a lot of work to do but with some determined riding he was able to join the lead group to make a four bike group at the front. Andy moved through to third on the last lap but made a mistake at the penultimate corner and run wide dropping to fourth place at the finish, the top four covered by 0.8 of a second.

The weekends results see Andy strengthen his second place in the championship with six races to go, the next round is at Snetterton where Andy hopes to continue pushing for wins at his home circuit.

Round Statistics:
Position Fastest Lap Times
125GP Andy Sawford 125GP
Race 1 2nd 01:24:780 01:24:780
Race 2 1st 01:24:289 01:24:289
Race 3 2nd 01:25:724 01:24:244
Race 4 4th 01:24:552 01:24:418