Jon Simpkins back to winning ways on new 10 mile course

Another good entry of 37 riders competed in the club’s Wednesday night TT, this time held on the new K4/10W course, the venue of our new Open TT, first held last September. Starting near the Herb Centre, the course gets off to a fast start with the descent of Warmington Hill and then it’s the undulating ride out to Gaydon roundabout. From there it’s back along the B4100, with the finish at the bottom of Warmington Hill.

Jon Simpkins at speed  (photo Mark Duplock Photography)

On a new course and with a warm and again fairly still evening, conditions were almost perfect for some fast runs and that proved the case throughout the field. Winner Jon Simpkins set a time of 21.29, just 25 seconds outside the course record set by James Chapman at last year’s Open event. However, second placed Simon Bull, who tied with visitor Ant Harriss on 22.57 set a new club record, going just over a minute faster than his previous time.

Simon Bull and Naomi de Pennington  (photos Mark Duplock Photography

Throughout the field there were some very close times, none better illustrated than father and son Mike and Harry Kirby in 8th and 9th position. Young Harry has been beating his father recently, but on this occasion Mike just beat him by 2 seconds.

Eight women competed and again it was the on form Naomi de Pennington who won with a time of 25.27, although on this occasion she was just short of Suzy Patience’s course record. Denise Shepherd was second on 26.11 and Annie Heaney third on 27.35.

Top 10 Results:  1.Jon Simpkins: 21.29,  2.Simon Bull & Ant Harriss: 22.57,  4. Darren Alexander: 23.20,  5.Ben Heaney: 23.47,  6.Roger Foster: 24.22,  7.Simon Kisley: 24.31,  8.Mike Kirby: 24.40,     9.Harry Kirby: 24.42,  10.Lee Heron: 24.57