Monthly Archives: May 2016

King of the Classics at Croft

Last Sunday Croft Circuit near Darlington hosted the first round of the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club’s King of the Classics Championship. 30 races and parades over the weekend made for great entertainment that featured solos and sidecars from the 1960’s 70’s & 80’s

Unfortunately the series won’t be back at Croft again this year but information on other races can be found on the club’s website:

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Top Ten finish for Oliver and SGR Racing at Oulton Park

Tom Oliver on his SGR Racing Yamaha achieved a ninth place finish at a very wet Oulton Park for round two of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class, both he and the team were thrilled with the result.


Images: Tim Keeton. Words: Louise Stewart-Young


Heading into the second round of the championship the Morpeth based family team SGR Racing was keen to pick up a top ten finish, and Colchester’s Oliver delivered just that. The British weather hindered qualifying at the picturesque Cheshire circuit making it an interesting affair. Damp to drying conditions in both sessions made for difficult qualifying, however Oliver kept his head and qualified in 11th place on the highly competitive grid.


The weather deteriorated further for race day and as the grid lined up ready to race heavy rain came down. This caused the race to be delayed as it wasn’t safe to start and it was reduced from 14 laps to nine.

Oliver got a good start and immediately slotted into eighth place amongst the leading group. He held this position for a number of laps until a problem developed with his visor. Unable to see clearly Oliver backed off slightly and settled into tenth position for a number of laps. With three laps to go Oliver’s visor issue improved sufficiently for him to make a move on Sam Thompson the rider in front of him, and he progressed into ninth position down through Cascades bends. He rode a sensible race to maintain this top ten finish and bag more championship points.


Tom Oliver said: “It was a tough race but I got away well with the front group. My SGR Racing Yamaha was working superbly and I felt we had the potential to get a podium. With the poor conditions my visor fogged up really badly. I would like to think if this hadn’t happened I could have finished on the podium, however it was a good result in very changeable conditions.  Brands Hatch Indy circuit is the next round and I’m sure we can keep the top ten momentum going.”


Stephen Kinghorn Team Owner said: “I’m chuffed with how well this race weekend has gone. The weather made it difficult going for everyone but Tom stayed cool and calm throughout and did what he needed to get the result we had been aiming for. We had a new sponsor come onboard this past week so I was pleased we could reward SIG PLC with our first top ten finish so far this season. Thanks once again to everyone who has supported us and cheered us on our way, it is very much appreciated. I’m really looking forward to Brands Hatch, I can’t wait to see what we can achieve.”

Round three of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 championship is at Brands Hatch on the Indy circuit on May 20th -22nd.


To find out more about SGR Racing please visit


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Images courtesy of Tim Keeton For high res images or any further information on SGR Racing or Tom Oliver please email Louise Stewart-Young at Please credit Tim Keeton when using images.

It’ (wa)s a man’s world

Part 2

My very first pillion outing was over, sad times….. So I booked my CBT!!! I wasn’t sure when I would be able to afford lessons but I was bitten by the biking bug and wanted to get out again and I didn’t care on what size of bike it was. I had one problem… I can barely stand still without falling over! I have the worst balance and the more I thought about it the more nervous I became…. I couldn’t even ride a push bike.

Finally the day arrived, I was so anxious I wasn’t even sure if I was looking forward to it. I feel the same with rollercoasters, I wait in a massive queue getting more and more excited until I get to the front and suddenly get super nervous and start picturing things going wrong. They never do but despite knowing this the butterflies still come and that’s exactly how I felt sat waiting for my instructor, almost wishing I could just go home. Obviously looking back now I’m so happy I didn’t. The instructor arrived and began by asking why I was sitting a CBT “I want to get my knee down!” I told him, just after his short speech on how women are far more sensible than men. Obviously I didn’t mean there and then or anytime in the near future but it’s definitely on my to do list!

After the classroomy bit we drove down to the yard where my Honda cb125 was waiting. HOLY SHITBALLS, I actually get to ride this!!!! Just a few minutes in and I could tell it would be a hell of a long time before I got anything “down” on purpose. I like to be good at things, not that anyone ever hopes they’re bad at something but I want to be good straight away and I really wasn’t good at this, I wobbled about so much when all I was doing was pulling away then stopping after a few feet! I couldn’t tell if it was my rubbish balance or my nerves but I had no idea how I was going to be good enough to get out on the roads by the end of the day.

So one very bruised leg (after dropping the bike!), a very near intimate meeting with a wall and a scary few road hours later I was proudly holding my CBT certificate, I had done it! I have no idea how but I had passed, honest to god the smile nearly ripped my face in half! I just couldn’t believe it, I was actually on my way to being a biker, it still seems like a totally mad thought to me but the fun was just beginning…

Words: Sam Carswell