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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

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