Jamie was a multiple Darley Moor club champion and through the years advanced to achieve great things, including being crowned the winner of the 2016 Manx Grand Prix Supertwin race. Over the years Jamie has run several different race numbers, more often than not choosing to run #20 - except for a brief but memorable period in 2011 where he ran the #1 plate (as the reigning 125GP champion) but returned to his trusty #20 after only a few meetings, advising us that the #1 plate just brought him bad luck!
This season at Darley Moor saw Jamie making a change and electing to run #50 on his race machines. Michael Wright took the initiative to print out a stack of stickers to help riders show their respects at the meeting. As it turned out, his stack of stickers was nowhere near big enough and he very quickly ran out!
Jamie's passing came as a great shock to us all and the Two Daves Racing team would like to express our deepest sympathies to all of Jamie's family, friends and supporters.
For the first time in our lengthy racing career (now spanning over 22 years!) we did not receive an entry in the mail. The race office were very accommodating and arranged for some passes to be left on the gate for us. Once into the paddock and setup, we were delivered a gift in the form of a repaired exhaust can from Mike Gittings and Stuart Hall - cheers to those guys for arranging the repair and for hand-delivering it back to us! :-)
When Sunday morning arrived it was typical fantastic Darley weather! We headed out into the qualifying session and after four or five laps the session was stopped due to Jack Petrie crashing at Townleys. It was a big crash with rider, motorbike and race circuit all injured by the fall. We wish Jack all the best and hope he recovers soon!
The qualifying session was restarted and only lasted three laps before another crash at Townleys involving Barry Brearley brought out the red flags again. We also wish Barry all the best and hope he recovers soon! The qualifying session was officially stopped at that point - we took pole position with a lap time of 1'03.02!
At the restart, we rode quite conservatively as the spare clutch was also beginning to show signs of slipping. We did only what we needed to and took the win from Jason Wilkes in second place, with Wayne Bridges taking the final podium position.
Part way through the race, Ian Robinson (in the Sound of Thunder class) very kindly let us through to have some clear runs at the chicanes - which was nice as he didn't have to do that. From then on the clutch started to provide feedback that it was unhappy by continuing to slip - the video below shows a good example around 6:35.
Ross Richards took the win, we finished in second place and after his crash in the race before Joe Walton took a well-deserved third place (with what was later identified as a broken scaphoid and thumb).
With two rounds of the 2017 championship remaining, the current championship positions are as follows:
FORMULA DARLEY - TOP 5
David Carson 70
Chris Moore 38
Joe Walton 28
Jamie Hodson 18
Jack Petrie 16
MINI SOUND OF THUNDER - TOP 5
David Carson 61
Joe Walton 41
Jack Petrie 22
Stuart Hall 18
Jamie Hodson 18
Our next event will be Darley Moor Round 6 on Sunday 17th September.