BLACKO’s Richard Wilson is celebrating after winning the Post Classic 750cc Championship and Classic Racing Motorcyle Club rider of the year award!
On a 350cc Road and Dirt Performance YPVS Yamaha, the 21-year-old, who is studying at the University of Manchester full time, claimed the title in only his second season of racing.
After contesting a full season with the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club, racing all over the England, Scotland and Wales., this season he took on Post Classic Championship, and along with his crown, he added lap records at Knockhill, Snetterton and Darley Moor in the class.
With the exception of mechanical issues which saw him fail to finish four times, Richard never finished outside the top three in all 30 rounds of the season, taking 16 wins.
Towards the end of the season, he started racing a K4 Gawthorpe Honda (pictured bottom left), built by local expert David Gawthorpe, and took wins at Aintree and Snetterton, including the annual 350 twins Race of the Year, taking the lap record and winning by just 0.063 seconds.
At Brands Hatch in July he was named the rider of the meeting award for his three wins and a second, and at the club Dinner and Dance presentation in Daventry at the beginning of December, he was named the CRMC young rider of the year award.
Next season he will have been fortunate enough to be offered a variety of different motorbikes to race within classic racing, competing in several championships, and is hoping to compete in his first modern 600cc race.
He said: “That is a different ball game all together and I’m sure it will be a real eye opener!”
Richard added: “I would really like to thank everyone who has helped me in 2011.
“First and foremost of course, my parents, who couldn’t have been more supportive.
“There are many people who have provided support in terms of finances, expertise and advice this year, including HMR Telsport, Road and Dirt Performance, David Gawthorpe, and Pendle Motorcycles.
“2012 is a year in which I hope to make a big step forward in my racing and aim to take victory in the ACU UK Classic championships, but financial costs are unfortunately huge.
“Anyone interested in supporting my racing in any way, or just interested in classic racing in general, please get in touch on 07903 433339.”