MOTORBIKE RACING: Hucknall trio find the right formula

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HUCKNALL’S intrepid trio of motorbike racers returned from the Second Round of the East Midlands Racing Association’s Formula 400 Championship with a fine haul of points and trophies.

The wet start to the day at Mallory Park in Leicestershire made it tough going in the qualifying session.

Gary Bradley (43), of Bluebell Close, did well to secure third place on the grid, with Andy Gilnicz (22), of Fircroft Drive, not far behind in fifth.

But disaster struck for Robin Collison (39), of Springfield Road, who not only had a nasty fall at the Hairpin corner but also sustained a problem with his timing module, forcing him to start the first race at the back of the grid.

In the race itself, Gilnicz maintained his position to finish fifth and Bradley slipped just one spot to fourth. But the hero was Collison, whose storming ride saw him fight his way through the field to snatch a magnificent third.

The weather dried for the second race, which was dominated by the Hucknall threesome. Gilnicz flew to victory and clocked the fastest lap-time for a 400cc machine all day, while Bradley finished second and Collison fourth, which was enough to keep him on top in the championship.

The last race of the day, which was restricted to novices, resulted in Bradley and Collison finishing tenth and 12th but first and second of the 400cc riders against opponents on 600cc or 1,000cc bikes.

The next round of the championship is at Mallory Park on Sunday May 13.

n OUR PHOTO shows (from left) the three Hucknall riders at the latest Mallory Park event, Robin Collison, Andy Gilnicz and Gary Bradley.