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Another Double for WM Racing

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 

Championship Standings

1Peter Willis100 
2Daniel Goodman73-27
3Lewis Mullen61-12
4Osian Thomas37-24
5Ruben Bray36-1
6James Cleary35-1
7Luke Scofield22-13
8Flip Surowiak21-1
9Jake Newton20-1
10Ruby Booth15-5
11Luca Wilkinson10-5
12Luke Hutchinson7-3
13Harry Pell6-1

WM Racing leads the way at BMB

WM racing has returned home from the Rich Energy British Mini Bike Championship (BMB) after a great weekend racing with Peter Willis and Lewis Mullen taking podium positions in the MiniGP 140cc class. 

The week got underway on Thursday with testing at the Ellough Park Race Way as both Peter Willis (aged 12) and Lewis Mullen (ages 9) took to learning the new track and getting the bike setup.  Following a successful test on Thursday the official BMB weekend got underway on Friday with free practice.  With a sunbaked track both riders times began to fall putting them into contention for a top 3 come qualifying.  Both Peter Willis and Mullen where very happy with their performance and looked forward to qualifying. 

Saturday seen the start of timed practice until lunchtime and qualifying in the afternoon.  Morning practice got underway but in practice session 1 Peter had some brake issues cutting his session short.  Still managing a fast lap before the issue, he topped the time sheet with a 53.009 and Lewis Mullen taking 3rd with a 54.464. Both riders separated by Daniel Goodman onboard his Bucci 140cc machine. 

Session 2 and 3: Both riders began to really push hard and it became clear it was going to be a fight for the top spot between both WM racing riders and Daniel Goodman from Teeside.  At the end of session 3 Peter Willis managed to put in a blistering hot lap of 51.121 holding off Daniel Goodman with a 52.905 and Lewis Mullen taking 3rd with 53.089. 

Qualifying got underway at 15:25.  Track temperature was getting high at this stage with the clear blue sky and full sun.  Managing tyre temperature was going to come into play to get the best lap, also with the grid filling up it was important to get a fast lap in early before catching the slower rider.  Qualifying was held over a 10min session allowing for approx 12 laps.  Straight out of the blocks on Lap 2 Peter Willis put in a 51.461. Lewis Mullen was also on a quick pace with a 52.980 in Lap 2.  It was heating up to be a tight session.  Daniel Goodman then put in a 51.908 in Lap 3.  As the session progressed the top 3 riders began catching the slower riders making it more difficult to get a clean lap.  Lewis Mullen managed to find a gap on Lap 6 to improve his time to 52.531.  The session ended as Peter Willis took Pole Position from Daniel Goodman 0.447 seconds and Lewis Mullen in 3rd.

Race 1 got underway on Sunday just after 12 noon, with rain over night and a damp track for morning warmup, conditions were going to be testing for all the riders. By the time race 1 had come around the track had completely dried, but rain wasn’t far away. It was going to be a gamble in setup for wet or dry tyres. Both riders opted to keep with the dry setup, knowing if it rained they would have to manage the race on dry tyres. Heading out in the warmup lap, rain did start briefly but by the time they formed the grid the rain had stopped, and it looked like the gamble might just pay off.  Peter Willis got a good start from pole position Peter pushes hard to take the lead out of turn 1.  With a clear track ahead, Peter pushed hard and had pulled a 1.144 second gap from Daniel Goodman in second.  Lewis Mullen also getting a good start slotted in behind Daniel Goodman in 3rd.  With all the riders coming across back markers on Lap 4 Peter pulled an amazing 4 second gap.  Managing to pass back markers quickly. Peter went on to take the flag on lap 12 with an astonishing 7.297 second lead and the fastest lap of the race of 51.593 seconds in lap 8. Daniel Goodman finished second with Lewis Mullen in third. 

Race 2 got under way at 15:15, and under perfectly dry and warm conditions.  Getting another great start, took the lead into turn 1 with Daniel Goodman and Lewis Mullen following very closely behind.  With a clear tack ahead all 3 riders were pushed hard. At the end of Lap 1 it was close between Peter Willis, Daniel Goodman and Lewis Mullen.  With a clear track still ahead Peter Willis put in his fastest lap of the race in lap 4 of 51.627 seconds and had pulled a 3.633 second lead. Peter Willis continued his winning streak to take the double win on lap 12 with a clear 8.114 second lead from Daniel Goodman in 2nd and Lewis Mullen in 3rd.

So a great start to the British Mini Bike Championship for WM Racing riders, with Peter Willis now leading the way in 1st with 50 points from Daniel Goodman in 2nd with 40 points and Lewis Mullen in 3rd with 32 points.  It was also a great weekend for Bucci Moto BR10 and BR12 machines with a top 3 finish in the British Mini Bike 140cc Championship, and congratulations to Ruben Sherman-Boyd leading the Irish Mini Bike Championship on his BR12 140cc machine supplied by WM Racing.

Round 2 will be held at Lydd Karting track on the 8th and 9th August.

All images by BMB Photos

Bucci Dominates Mondello Park for Round 2 of IMC

The second round of the IMC snowflake series took place in Ireland at Mondello Park.  Using the back section of the International track, this venue really showed the pedigree of the Bucci BR10GP bikes as a purpose built race bike.  With fast flowing corners, wide tracks, long straights and chicanes it was a perfect combo.

It was a busy day for WM Racing as this was the first round where both riders could run in the junior gearbox 125cc class and the MiniGP Class mixed with senior and youth. With heavy rain overnight, the morning got off to a damp and foggy start for free practice and qualifying. Both riders took full advantage of the dual (125cc & MiniGP) free practice sessions in the morning to get settled in, learn the track and make any gearing adjustments before qualifying began. The track was still damp going into a 5 lap qualifying session but both riders where quickly on the pace. Peter Willis (Rider #151) in Lap 4 set his best lap and Pole Position of 1:15:931 and Lewis Mullen (Rider #111) following on the same lap with 1:17.589 putting him 3rd on the grid.

Junior Gearbox Class

Race one got underway after lunch and by now the track had dried and temperature began to rise lifting the fog.  Peter Willis got off to a great start and took an early lead in the 125cc class using the faster 140cc riders to pull him along.  Lewis Mullen didn’t get the start he needed dropping back in the field but quickly put the head down to make up time.  With some very fast laps Lewis Mullen put himself right back in contention.  The race finished after 5 laps with Peter Willis taking the win by 4.8 seconds and a lap time of 1:12.074 and Lewis Mullen coming in 3rd with a lap time of 1:13.985 

Race 2 almost became a mirror of race one with Peter Willis taking an early lead and using the 140cc riders as pace setters.  The track had fully dried by this stage so the pace increased with Peter Willis putting in consistent lap times.  The race finished with Peter Willis taking the win with a lap time of 1:11.838 and Lewis Mullen in 3rd with a lap time of 1: 13. 803 

Race 3 got underway late in the afternoon.  The light was dropping so the official’s reduced the race to a 4 lap sprint race.  Although the track was dry, the riders still opted to run the PMT R Slicks for the cooler track temperature.  As soon as the red light went out, both riders got off to a flying start with Peter Willis and Lewis Mullen on the Bucci BR10GP bikes taking to the front.  With very little splitting them on lap time it became a very close battle of the Bucci machines for the win.  Lewis Mullen was pushing hard and set a very impressive fastest lap of the race of 1:10.725.  Peter Willis rode very defensive on the last lap and coming into the last 2 corners it was anyones race, Peter Willis managed to hold Lewis Mullen off and crossed the line taking the win by only 0.320 of a second splitting them. 

This was very much a dominating class for Peter Willis this weekend on the Bucci BR10GP with a clean sweep taking pole position and 3 out of 3 wins.  Lewis Mullen had an impressive run in the last race and showed his true form. 

MiniGP Class 

This round seen the new class change take effect reducing the age limit of the MiniGP class.  This allowed both youth and senior riders to compete in the same race but split into 2 groups.  This was a great opportunity for our riders to not only get additional track time but to use the faster senior riders to push the pace.  With 3 youth riders taking part Ruben Sherman-Boyd on a 2-stroke and Peter Willis and Lewis Mullen on the Bucci BR10.  It turned out a surprise for the youth riders as all 3 set a fast pace in qualifying against the senior riders and Ruben took the pole position, Peter Willis 2nd and Lewis Mullen 3rd with very little separating them.  

Race 1.  With Peter Willis and Lewis Mullen on the Bucci BR10GP machines lined up on the front row this was set to be a fast pace race.  As the red light went out Peter Willis got off to a good start taking the lead into the first corner with the other riders lined up behind.  From the outset the pace was fast, making it very hard for overtaking but after 2 laps Ruben passed Peter Willis to take the lead.  The riders maintained a fast pace throughout the rest of the race with Ruben pulling out a good lead taking the win by 7.410 seconds with an impressive lap time of 1:10.183, Peter Willis finished 2nd with a lap time of 1:11.053 and Lewis Mullen 3rd 1:12.882 

Race 2 became another closed battle for the 3 youth riders as the track began to dry and the grip level increased.  Both WM Racing Bucci riders got off to a great start mixing it with the senior riders.  Ruben got to the front and maintained the lead for the youth class.  Although the pace was quick it wasn’t just as fast as Race 1 and Ruben crossed the line in first by 2.752 with a lap time of 1:10.199. Peter Willis finished 2nd with a lap time of 1:11.158 and Lewis Mullen 3rd 1:11.956 

Race 3 for WM Racing became the race of the day.  With this race getting underway just after 16:30, with the fading light the official’s reduced the race to a 4 lap sprint race, and that it was.  Lewis Mullen got an impressive start leaping into the lead by the first corner followed closely behind by Ruben, Peter Willis and Jack Ferris (Senior Rider). Lewis Mullen set the pace early in the race with all 4 riders quickly dropping into very impressive 1:10 second laps.  Lewis Mullen and Ruben pulled out a gap for the battle for 1st place with Peter Willis and Jack Ferris battling it out on the track for 3rd.  With these impressive lap times, the riders had to choose the moment to make their move.  As the race progressed into the last lap Lewis Mullen was holding Ruben off, defending his lines as they approached the last corner, Ruben ran deep up the inside of Lewis Mullen to cross the line by 0.057 seconds ahead.  An amazing battle for all riders and even more so the lap times with Peter Willis setting the fast lap of 1:10.475, followed by Ruben Sherman-Boyd 1:10.547 and Lewis Mullen 1:10.698 

BAMBAM

Paige Mullen had another great day on the little BAMBAM, making great progress throughout the day reducing her lap time from 2:08 in race one to 1:53 by race three.  This is amazing progress for her.  To top it off, she was awarded the RST BAMBAM Rider of the day.

Overall round 2 at Mondello Park Ireland was a great success for WM Racing, with Peter Willis and Lewis Mullen really getting to grips now with the BR10GP bikes in only their second race meeting.  We look forward now to going into the 3rd and final round of the winter series at Nutts Corner in County Antrim on Sunday 17th November.

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Photo – Two Brother Photography & David Mc Lachlan

Full race results available on IMC Website

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