Brands Hatch Race three of the 2010 Henderson Harley-Davidson® XR1200 Trophy took place at a damp Brands Hatch today. Jeremy McWilliams claimed a 2nd win for Warr’s Racing to take him to 70 points at the top of the Championship standings, 14 ahead of Mike Edwards, the 2nd place finisher today. Lea Gourlay finished 3rd.

Whith the afternoon’s race schedule delayed due to rain, the race was shortened from 10 laps to 6. From pole, McWilliams took an early lead, ahead of the XR1200 of Edwards, and the Stratstone Racing machine of Gourlay. Dijon Compton unfortunately crashed out on the opening lap, leaving the top three to pull away at the front. For the entire six lap race, the top three swapped positions, with exciting, clean moves around every corner possible. But it was always McWilliams who managed to cross the start-finish line ahead of the rest; on the penultimate lap he was just 0.037s ahead of Edwards. For the final lap, McWilliams managed to maintain his lead, taking the win and the maximum 25 Championship points.

Race 4 Sunday
Jeremy McWilliams of Warr’s Racing claimed his second victory of the weekend in the Henderson Harley-Davidson® XR1200® Trophy today around Kent’s Brands Hatch circuit. The championship leader finished just 0.165s ahead of Mike Edwards in 2nd with Torquil Paterson in 3rd.

It was Edwards on the Harley-Davidson® XR1200® that initially went into the lead with pole-sitter McWilliams slotting into 2nd. It soon became a four-way battle for the top spot with Lea Gourlay and Dijon Compton keeping the pressure on the leaders who swapped positions throughout the opening laps. With the unfortunate retirements of Compton and Gourlay a couple of laps in, Paterson on the Edinburgh H-D XR1200® was promoted into third as McWilliams went in to the lead. For the remainder of the 8 lap race, Edwards continued to press the Championship leader, but was unable to find a way past before the chequered flag.

Less than perfect for Lea- DNF and 3rd

The XR1200 Trophy races were cancelled because of atrocious weather conditions. Although the bikes were shod with treaded tyres the riders thought the conditions were to severe to consider racing. Many of the other classes were also cancelled.

Photo thanks to Tim Keeton

Mallory Park. "Lea Gourlay of Stratstone Racing claimed victory and was subsequently named ‘Rider of the Day’ in Round 2 of the Henderson Harley-Davidson® XR1200® Trophy at a sun-baked Mallory Park today.

"It was Jeremy McWilliams of Warr’s Racing who led from the start, with classic bike racer Gourlay slotting into 2nd and Mike Edwards of going 3rd. McWilliams, victor last time out, initially appeared to have built a gap before Gourlay fought his way back. McWilliams set the fastest lap of the race on lap 5 but this was not enough to keep Gourlay at bay. As the leading duo started to pull away, Edwards in 3rd was locked in a battle with Torquil Paterson of Edinburgh H-D, swapping places a number of times. Back up front, Gourlay eventually took the lead going around the outside of McWilliams at Shaw’s Corner on lap 12. As the pair began the penultimate lap of the 15 lap race, McWilliams re-took the lead at turn one just as Darren Fry of Black Bear Racing crashed out, bringing out the red flag. With the result counting back a lap, Goulay was awarded the win with McWilliams in 2nd and Edwards 3rd."

After taking his maiden victory in the Henderson Harley-Davidson® XR1200® Trophy Gourlay commented, “That was absolutely brilliant. I’m so pleased and I want to thank everyone at Stratstone Racing for all their hard work; after such a horrendous round last time at Oulton Park, they really deserved this win. To be able to race with Jeremy McWilliams, a megastar in the motorcycling world, and be right with him on equal machinery and then actually beat him, is a dream come true.”

See the overtake

Lea on the top step at Mallory




Oulton Park

If it was easy, we would all be doing it -- See the crash














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