British Mini Bike Round 2 Race Report
Round 2 of the British Mini Bike Championship got underway on Friday 7th August at Lydd Karting track.
The weekend started with 6 sessions of free practice for both Peter Willis and Lewis Mullen to learn the circuit as this was their first time there. Lydd Karting track is located on the South East coast of England, which seen a heat wave all weekend with temperatures reaching 41 degrees. Lydd being a fast flowing track and everyone battling the heat, the lap times were very close at the front and by the end of Friday with less than a second covering the top 5 riders.
Saturday seen qualifying take place in the afternoon. With 2 qualifying sessions available for both riders to set their best time. Qualifying 1 was fast and furious. With Peter Willis battling it out with local Kent rider Ruben Bray. With times dropping fast and Ruben Bray setting the benchmark of 43.733 on lap 9, Peter Willis pushed hard to set a 43.798 on lap 12.
Lewis Mullen unfortunately crashed out on the opening lap without injury and minor damage to the bike. On Lap 13 Peter Willis pushing hard also slid off on the last corner. It was a low speed slide so no injury or damage to the bike. Both riders were ready for qualifying 2.
By the time qualifying 2 came around the temperature had gone up slowing the pace slightly for all riders. With no one at the front improving on their times from Q1, Ruben Bray took Pole Position with a 43.733, Peter Willis in 2nd with 43.798 and Daniel Goodman in 3rd. Lewis Mullen had made some great improvements on Q2 and getting his confidence back from the earlier crash he set a great time of 44.858 to slot into 6th on the grid for Sunday’s race.
Sunday race day, seen similar hot conditions, but a sea breeze making it a bit more bearable for all the riders. With times so close it was going to be anyone’s race.
Race 1 got underway at 12:50. As the flag dropped, Peter Willis got a perfect start taking the lead into turn 1. With Daniel jumping up from 3rd into second, hot on his tail. Lewis Mullen also getting a great start jumped up from 6th on the grid to 4th. It became a 2 way battle at the front with Peter Willis and Daniel Goodman until lap 5, when unfortunately a red flag brought a stop to racing. With less than two thirds of the race distance covered, the race was restarted over a 5 lap sprint race. Riders would start from the position they finished in before the red flag, so Peter Willis would start on pole and Lewis Mullen was in 5th position. As the flag dropped for the 2nd time, Peter Willis got another good start taking the lead into turn 1 again, with Daniel Goodman and Ruben Bray slotting in behind him, and Lewis Mullen holding a strong 4th spot. Peter Willis, with a clear track ahead managed maintain a 0.3 second gap for the 5 laps to take the chequered flag from Daniel Goodman and Ruben Bray and Lewis Mullen finished 4th.
Race 2 got underway at 15:23 with riders taking to the grid in hot conditions. Peter Willis got the hole shot into first place by turn 1 with Ruben Bray this time in second. Ruben Bray, not letting Peter Willis make a break away, he hung onto the back wheel of Peter Willis with only 0.1 second between them. With an intense battle continuing, back markers were going to come into play. On lap 8, both riders’ were starting to approach back markers, clearing the first set no problem but as they approached turn 1&2 on lap 9, both Peter Willis and Ruben Bray had to slow up for a back marker, making it a drag race to turn 3. With both riders’ side by side down the straight Peter Willis had the inside line into turn 3 to keep the lead. Similarly, Lewis Mullen got an amazing start slotting into 3rd place. It was another intense battle with a group of 4 riders battling it out for 3rd place. Lewis Mullen leading this group with Daniel Goodman closely behind him followed by Warwick Brady and Harvey Lathrope. Lewis Mullen rode a superb race, not making any mistakes and as they approached back markers he quickly made his way through. As they crossed the line on lap 10 there was still only 0.1 seconds separating Peter Willis and Ruben Bray, and the same for Lewis Mullen and Daniel Goodman in 3rd . The red flag came out, stopping racing again. With over two thirds race distance completed, Peter Willis was declared the winner from Ruben Bray in second and Lewis Mullen taking a well deserved third place.
Another great weekend for WM Racing and the Bucci Moto bikes with Peter Willis taking the overall win on his BR10 and Lewis Mullen taking 3rd overall on his BR10. In the overall championship standings Peter Willis now extends his lead by 27 points over Daniel Goodman in 2nd and Lewis Mullen has closed the gap in 3rd by 12 points