RAFMSA Classic Racing Team
The Royal Air Force Motor Sports Association, RAFMSA, Classic Racing Team are two race meets into another busy season of the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club’s 2018 season.
The team had a successful year in the post classic 250 air cooled class for 2017 which saw Sqn Ldr Woodward hold into 2nd place in the championship. It also saw the debut for 51 Squadron riders Flight Lieutenant Dickinson, Corporal Heggs and Flight Sergeant Ridley closely followed by 51 Squadron racing veterans Chief Technician Rudd and Sergeant Green. Other units across Waddington were represented with Flt Sgt Bond representing 8 Squadron, Sergeant Flynn from the Air Warfare Centre and Sergeant Bartlett from Scampton.
Close racing between these and other club riders from across the world made for an exciting season for competitors and spectators alike.
Every race saw positions traded and even a first podium for Flight Sergeant Bond with a well fought for third place at a wet and windy Anglesey.
Fielding 20 machines this year, the team has grown to 13 riders as well as a small support team who have so far ventured out to south Wales’ Pembrey and Norfolk’s Snetterton’s 200 circuit. The team was already represented in the PC125, PC250 and PC500 air cooled class’ but for 2018 we now have Rudd with two new riders, Chief Technician Calendar and SAC(T) Nash, in the 600 junior production on Yamaha XJ600s. With the two new riders building their machines; it was left to Rudd and Bartlett (on a borrowed XJR600) to battle it out during round one at Pembrey circuit. Both riders came back pleased to have had a chance to participate in such a large and
Meanwhile; the PC250 class kicked off with revised machines and renewed hunger to be the top RAF rider. Woodward has clung on to his lead wherever his motorcycle remained upright whilst Rudds’ light weight Suzuki X7 and Bartlets sublime Maxton chassis have both come back with huge power increases helping them join Green for some close racing. Closing on the group Heggs and Dickinson push the limits (sometimes too far) as they put in consistent results at both Pembrey and Snetterton. We all now look forward to Oulton park and keeping you up to date with our progress, be it in this magazine or on our social media accounts on; Facebook, Twitter and Blogger.
If you would like to join the RAFMSA classic racing team on some of the UK’s best race circuits then you can contact the Comp sec Flight Sergeant Ian Ridley for information on building your own machine and joining us or the possibility of loaning a Yamaha XJ600.