The Zip Racing Brothers, Harry and Alfie Walker were able to return to racing and show their wares to an eager audience at the weekend at their National championship with the Nora-MX Quad Racing club Championship first round at Grittenham, Wiltshire.
Staying fit either in the gym or minibike racing, both boys where keen to be back in the Quad saddle, having only managing to get a couple of short practice sessions in since February!
With rain all night the track was well sodden, to say the least, the team’s remit was to conserve the bikes, more so than go for glory which saw both lads in qualifying in 3rd and 5th
Gating around 4-5th Harry managed a quick surge to 3rd with ‘Two fast Days’ well in front. He put his head down and showed a masterclass in passing on the last lap and saw him taking the first place chequered flag in the first Pro Class race of the 2020 season…
Pressure on, with others in the mix for the second and 3rd Motos Harry, proved his mastery twice more laying down the gauntlet taking maximum points away with him for the season opener!
Now 16 and nearly 6 ft tall Alfie qualified into the same group as Harry but was demoted due to ‘governing body restrictions’. He has adjusted well with 2 others to contest the ‘Clubman series’ for year 1 of his adult career, although incidentally, he does hold a full ‘British Championship’ status! (Which Harry won at 16 yrs old)
Alfie came from a second-row start in moto 1 to 2nd into the first turn and it was clear to see his intentions for the season opener. After 6-8 laps it looked like he was racing in a different ‘Post Code’ to his competitors with the Chequered flag in sight just 100 metres away a bike malfunction eluded him of the most emphatic win Nora fans have witnessed in a Long long time ! …. By the youngster
Moto 2, riding on his Brothers spare bike, meant he had to dig real deep to come through the pack while adjusting to a new steed! Equally, his intentions were clear, this time taking the first place honours and accepting the challenge!
Moto 3 was more of a sprint and with the second win under his belt Alfie was setting the bar to chase, but all to do due to the dnf in moto 1 to conquer the championship!
I would really like to say Alfie accepting the DNF incredibly maturely in front of many spectators before regrouping to move on and cement his marker was the team’s real memory of the weekend.
Both lads conduct themselves incredibly well and are so modest about their talent,
5 wins from 6 in two classes was a terrific start during these strange times but the team will relish and equally take it!
We eagerly await Round 2 at Cusses Gorse in 2 weeks, with fast, big jumps with doubles, trebles and a whole array of questions!