Hart on song at Cadwell with podium double

Antony Hart EMN-150730-112650002
Antony Hart EMN-150730-112650002

Melton motorcycle racer Antony Hart was in top form on international duty at Cadwell Park.

Riding the Len Manchester Motorcycles Yamaha TZ 350 Hart grabbed two superb podium positions in the latest round of the International Classic Grand Prix Championships.

Qualifying started in damp conditions early on Saturday morning, but with the weather predicted to improve throughout the day, the afternoon session was seen as the important one.

With the track nicely dried out, the second qualifying session got under way and times quickly began to quickly.

By the fifth lap, Hart was up to third, but then disaster struck when he took a tumble approaching the hairpin.

Fortunately the times he had already posted were good enough to maintain his third position and a front row grid slot, and having escaped injured, the only problem faced by the team was to fix the bike.

With Sunday’s weather forecast looking ominous, the meeting organizers decided to start the races earlier so the team set to and repaired the damage in time for the new morning race deadline.

With the 10-minute warm-up session cancelled Hart had no time to run in the new race tyres, so rode a steady pace for the first two laps.

Once happy with the feel from the tyres he sped up, setting the equal fastest lap of the race and moved up into second position which he held to the finish.

By the time the shortened race two was called up the wet weather had arrived with a vengeance and the track was awash.

With a quick change of wheels to suit the conditions, the team were ready to go and Hart again rode a sensibly controlled race to bring the machine home in a richly-deserved third place.

Len Manchester team manager Arnold Fletcher said: “The whole season has been a team effort.

“Ant has ridden brilliantly and dad Ron has been invaluable with all of his help, as have Eunice, Cherry and Laura.”