Kear powers to victory in title hunt
PRESTBURY motor-racer Austin Kear had his share of success in the third round of the British Historic Racing series, organised by the Vintage Motorcycle Club.
The two-day event at Snetterton, Norfork, included five races, each counting for championship points.
Kear took his Laverda Barcelona 500cc for the BEARS (British European American racing specials) and the Manx Norton 500cc for the newly-named Royal Enfield UK event.
The races on the first day combined F1 up to 500cc and F2 unlimited capacity.
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Kear had a good start on his 500 Laverda but was soon overhauled by the larger capacity machines off the line.
He settled into the race chasing Ron Maul from Ledbury and riding a 980cc BMW.
Maul crashed at Russells bend, which scattered the field, but the race was able to continue.
Rob Laurton, riding a 1144cc Jota Laverda, was the eventual winner with Ben Kingham, riding a K100 BMW, in second place and Kear in third place overall.
Kear clinched victory in the the 500 class, with Mark Capel (Ducati Pantah) in second.
Race two was a carbon copy of the first race, and in race three Kear finished fourth but first in the 500 class again.
On the second day Kear won all his classes in the BEARS and he is now leading the class with 155 points, from Mark Capel in second place on 51 points.
Riding the Manx Norton, Kear finished second to Chris Firman (Molner Manx), who won all his races over the two days, with third place going to Jack Hebb (Manx).
In the following race Kear struggled off the line from 11th place to the first corner, feeling the bike was not performing.
He got through to second place behind Firman, chasing hard along the back straight with one lap to go to the finish when the Manx lost power and cut out.
An electrical fault was diagnosed after Kear took it back to the pits, but it could not be fixed before the last race so it was decided to call it a day.
Kear is in second place in the 500 championship with Hebb (Manx) third. Firman has a good lead in first place.
The next round of the series will take place a Lydden in Kent next weekend.