Premier Cup - Warmingham Lane  (Jul 3, 2017)

Picture courtesy of Images Of Speed.

Round 4 of the 2017 ACU Premier Cup took place this past weekend at the Warmingham Lane circuit near Middlewich. The 'natural' track, with some good elevation changes, proved to be a little difficult at times for all, despite some track work the hard surface soon came through making it slick, dusty and hard to pass with little line choice.

It was almost a full house for the TM team this weekend with Jim Davies, Richy Roberts, Troy Willerton and making his return after injury, Callum Gasson in the 125cc class. In the 85cc Big Wheel Class Jack Grayshon and Billy Collins completed the line up.

In the 85cc class Young Jack Grayshon once again showed his class taking wins and fighting for the top spot in all 5 races. Even a small fall, with subsequent remount and charge through, could not stop Jack heading to the sharp end of the field and battling for the win. Once again Jack's sheer pace, ability and effort gave him a very well deserved overall win for the weekend.

Billy Collins once again impressed as he settles into his season. Looking increasingly more comfortable Billy showed some great progression this weekend with some great starts and great rides. Billy was also victim to some small falls on the difficult track, but some good recoveries and determination kept him in the hunt and gave him 6th overall for the event.

In the 125cc Junior Class, long time absentee with injury, Callum Gasson, showed he is still 'Mr Smooth' covering ground at good pace with little in the way of 'excitement', albeit being forced into a post tearing the skin on his finger which looked a little sore to say the least. With this being his first race meeting 'under the awning' for a good while, Callum's pace improved as the meeting unfolded and the confidence began to rise. With little bike time, or even race time, under his belt, Callum put together some solid rides to earn himself 3rd overall for the event.

In the 'Adult' 125cc class Jim Davies once again gave us all a lesson in pure determination after hurting his ankle badly whilst taking the victory in race one. Jim rode all weekend in great discomfort. Strapped up and in pain it was evident that Jim was sore, and try as he might, he could not quite give 100 percent on the bike. Even after a bad fall that left his machine bleeding coolant out of a mangled radiator, and where many would have thrown in the towel already, Jim still managed to secure an overall victory once again.

Troy Willerton looks to have worked his head around hard-pack conditions, and as 'hard' goes this was up with the best of them. Suffering with some small problems in 2 of the races Troy still managed to knuckle down, push on and take the chequered flag and valuable points in all 5 races. After some small changes to his machine a different Troy emerged from the gate on Sunday morning, taking 2 race victories along the way Troy earned himself a well deserved second overall for his efforts.

Richy Roberts battled hard all weekend on the tough track. In a little discomfort with a bad back, Richy pushed on throughout and had some good racing with not only his 'opponents' but also his fellow team members in the 125cc class. Richy's pace has noticeably increased once again this season and as determined as ever to push as hard as he can Richy took a great 4th overall for his efforts.

A big well done to all of the team riders and all the other TM riders at this event, and of course, a big thank you to all of the team sponsors and supporters.