Dunfermline based Royal Navy rider Carl Vickers was competing in the second round of the North East Club Championship at East Fortune race Circuit last weekend. Coming back after a disappointing round at Snetterton, Vickers was looking forward to getting back out on track.
Following an engine rebuild by BDS Motorcycles, Carl was eager to test the bike and qualify well for both classes he was competing in. First qualifying for the per-injection race Vickers qualified 10th in class followed by 4th in class for the Open class races.
Coming in after qualifying Carl said “The bike is running well. The bike has more power but I wasn’t feeling comfortable.” Even though he wasn’t feeling settled on the bike the first day of races gave Carl four top ten finishes. With the team working on the bike on Saturday night, Sunday gave Carl the results he was looking for. The first two races saw him come over the line with 6th and 3rd place finishes. The second set of races saw Vickers flying and bringing his lap times down by 2 seconds and finish with 5th and 3rd place finishes. The weekend finished with Vickers taking an overall 3rd place podium finish in the Open class races.
Also at the weekend Carl was joined at the track by members of the Armed Forces Bikers (Scotland) charity. CV Racing have been supporting the AFB for over a year and Carl was delighted to have members attend the circuit to support him.
At the end of the weekend Carl said “I want to thank all my sponsors Blackbird Corporate Ltd, Jacksons Bikes, Lime Salon, Powered by Pops and Wheels around for their continued support. Also a big thanks goes to BDS Motorcycles for giving me back a competitive engine. It was great to get the bike back this weekend, the bike felt epic. Saturday I didn’t feel the set up was working for me. We tried a new gearing for Sunday and I felt a lot more comfortable.”
You can see Carl back on track at Oulton Park the first weekend of July in the Inter-Services Championship round hosted by Thundersport GB.