September 2008 Archives

Durham Wildlife Trust

By Trash Talk on Sep 18, 08 04:24 PM

Premier Waste Management have just become a premier member of Durham
Wildlife Trust.
Founded in 1971 by local nature enthusiasts, Durham Wildlife Trust has
grown into the leading conservation body in the region between the Tyne
and the borders of Teesside. The Trust is at the forefront of protecting
the area's precious wildlife and works hard to get as many people as
possible involved in local wildlife conservation.

Let's Get naked

By Blog on the Box on Sep 18, 08 09:17 AM

Let's Get Naked, you and I. That, at least, was the promise behind the BBC2 documentary Dawn...Gets Naked.

And that wasn't an invitation I was going to turn down even if the show was a repeat of a programme originally shown on BBC3.

The Great Escape

By Two Point Four Children on Sep 14, 08 04:53 PM

The fifth member of the Two Point Four Children household is a crazy cockatiel that sings the Blaydon Races, The Great Escape or the Laurel and Hardy theme tune extremely loudly at the most inopportune when someone is trying to have a quiet conversation or my other half is trying to watch the football...

British Superbikes, Croft Circuit.

LEON Haslam took the win in Race Two at Croft, as Shakey Byrne narrowly missed out on taking the title this afternoon.

The HM Plant Honda rider backed-up his second place in Race One by taking a solid victory around the North Yorkshire track, after taking the lead three laps from the end.

The race started as almost a carbon copy of the first, with polesitter Cal Crutchlow grabbing the holeshot and leading the field into the opening lap.

As the pack rounded the hairpin to begin Lap Two, Byrne missed a gear and dropped back to 10th, while Crutchlow crossed the line ahead of Rizla Suzuki's Tom Sykes and North West 200 Ducati pilot Michael Rutter.

Crutchlow led the race all the way to Lap 10, when Sykes made a pass, forcing Cal down to second just ahead of team-mate Haslam who was now sitting third.

Byrne meanwhile had been making his way through the pack, and on Lap 13 passed Rutter for fifth, while a lap later Airwaves Ducati's Leon Camier passed Haslam at the Complex.

On Lap 18, Camier waved team-mate Shakey through into third while up at the front, Haslam, who had found his way past Crutchlow, made a daring move on Sykes at Tower, and made it stick.

It was a place he was to hold up to the chequered flag two laps later, but all eyes were now on Shakey, who had closed the gap to Crutchlow.

Only needing to finish third to wrap-up the championship, Byrne pushed as hard as he could but could not find that extra something needed to catch and pass the Honda, and settled for fourth.

The title fight was left to rumble on to the next round at Silverstone in a fortnight.

Meanwhile in the Superbike Cup, John Laverty finally put the rest out of their misery by taking the title.

He finished second in the race, again behind the formidable force which is Gary Mason, but the points advantage he gained before Mason joined the series earlier this year where enough to give him the title, with two rounds still remaining.

Top Ten:

1: Leon Haslam, HM Plant Honda
2: Tom Sykes, Rizla Suzuki
3: Cal Crutchlow, HM Plant Honda
4: Shane Byrne, Airwaves Ducati
5: Leon Camier, Airwaves Ducati
6: Michael Rutter, North West 200 Ducati
7: James Ellison, Hydrex Bike Animal Honda
8: Karl Harris, Team Yamaha
9: Simon Andrews, Jentin/Lloyds British
10: Michael Laverty, Relentless Suzuki by TAS

Superbike Cup:

1: Gary Mason,Quay Garage
2: John Laverty, Buildbase NW200 Ducati
3: Tom Tunstall, Hardinge - Ice Valley Motorsport

Camier Victorious in Race One

By Burning Rubber on Sep 14, 08 02:05 PM

British Superbikes, Croft Circuit.

LEON Camier took the spoils in the first of today's British Superbike races at Croft Circuit.
In a race which saw four different riders take the lead, it was the Airwaves Ducati star who took the chequered flag at the end of a tough 20-laps.

At the green light, it was polesitter Cal Crutchlow who grabbed the holeshot, but the HM Plant Honda rider soon lost out to the ever-popular Tom Sykes, who barged his Rizla Suzuki machine into the lead as the pack came round to start the second lap.

Sykes' time at the front was to last six laps, until Leon Haslam took the lead, where he stayed for the next six, as the race reached and breached its midway point.

Camier meanwhile had started to weave his way through the field, passing team-mate Shakey Byrne, Crutchlow and Sykes before starting to hunt down Haslam.

On Lap 13 he made his move on the Pocket Rocket as they headed through Tower, and within two laps had gapped the Honda to give himself a healthy cushion.

Haslam was unable to find any more, and had to settle for second, as the battle raged for third.

Byrne tried his hardest to make up the places, and after passing Sykes on Lap 18, it looked like he would be taking the final podium spot.

However it all changed on the final lap, as Sykes refused to give up third, and made a move on the hairpin which forced Shakey wide and let Crutchlow through as well. Sykes got third, Crutchlow fourth and Shakey found himself fifth.

In the Superbike Cup, Gary Mason kept the frontrunners honest, taking the win and finishing 11th overall. John Laverty closed even further in on the title with a second, while local rider Chris Burns crossed the line third on the MV Agusta.

Top Ten:

1: Leon Camier, Airwaves Ducati
2: Leon Haslam, HM Plant Honda
3: Tom Sykes, Rizla Suzuki
4: Cal Crutchlow, HM Plant Honda
5: Shane Byrne, Airwaves Ducati
6: Michael Rutter, North West 200 Ducati
7: Michael Laverty, Relentless Suzuki by TAS
8: Karl Harris, Team Yamaha
9: James Ellison, Hydrex Bike Animal Honda
10: Simon Andrews, Jentin Racing/Lloyds British.

Superbike Cup:

1: Gary Mason, Quay Garage
2: John Laverty, Buildbase NW200 Ducati
3: Chris Burns, STP Superbike

British Superbikes, Croft Circuit.

HM PLANT Honda's Cal Crutchlow took pole ahead of tomorrow's two Bennetts British Superbike races at Croft.

After a damp final practice session this morning, the clouds cleared and the sun came out in time to dry out the Darlington track ahead of this afternoon's Swan Combi Roll For Pole.

While it looked like championship leader Shakey Byrne - who returned to action this morning after getting the all-clear from circuit medics after his high-speed off yesterday - would be the strongest in the second part of the session, it was Crutchlow who dominated the final ten minutes.

Crutchlow crossed the line with a hotlap of 1:20.386, ahead of Michael Rutter, Byrne and with Leon Haslam rounding off the front row.

Top Ten:

1: Cal Crutchlow, HM Plant Honda 1:20.386
2: Michael Rutter North West 200 Ducati 1:20.597
3: Shane Byrne, Airwaves Ducati 1:20.663
4: Leon Haslam, HM Plant Honda 1:20.706
5: Tom Sykes, Rizla Suzuki 1:20.787
6: Leon Camier, Airwaves Ducati 1:20.807
7: Karl Harris, Team Yamaha, 1:20.950
8: Michael Laverty, Relentless Suzuki, 1:21.029
9: Gary Mason, Quay Garage Honda, 1:21.379
10: James Ellison, Hydrex Honda, 1:21.447

British Superbikes at Croft Circuit

JONATHAN Dickson and Joe Burns will be making a hard charge from the second row when the National Superstock 600 race gets underway this afternoon.

Dickson was the fastest of the Geordie boys in this morning's final qualifying session, and will line up fifth on the grid, while Burns is right next to him in sixth.

Dickson, 20 of Blyth had dominated Friday's first qualifying, grabbing provisional pole from the start and had looked unbeatable, while 16-year-old Burns struggled with set-up issues and was left down in 15th.

But the pair were much closer today, and ended the session separated by a tenth of a second. Pole was taken by Robbie Brown.

The National Superstock 600 race is due to get underway at a revised time of 3.25pm. It will run later than initially planned, due to a half-hour stoppage time in this morning's Superbike practice when marshalls were forced to close the track to deal with a massive oil spillage.

British Superbikes, Croft Circuit.

SHANE "Shakey" Byrne escaped serious injury in a high speed crash during today's second practice at Croft Circuit.

The championship leader suffered tissue damage to his left shoulder, lost a tooth and was left generally bruised and beaten after losing control of his Airwaves Ducati coming out of the chicane, just moments into the session.

Tomorrow morning he will meet with medics to determine whether or not he is fit to ride.

Shakey currently leads the title fight on 364 points, ahead of Rizla Suzuki's Tom Sykes on 254.

He arrived in a position to potentially sew-up the championship by close of play on Sunday night, but if deemed unable to ride, things could soon swing the other way.

Sykes has been on a charge of late, and has nothing to lose after already securing a ride for 09 with the Yamaha Motor Italia squad in World Superbikes,

And with Sykes fastest in second practice this afternoon, it's hard to say what will happen....

Branding Wire in the Blood

By Blog on the Box on Sep 10, 08 02:15 PM

It's always revealing to get a glimpse behind the scenes of TV dramas like Robson Green's Wire in the Blood.

But I do wish our TV people would call a drama a drama.

According to pre-publicity from both Robson and executive producer Sandra Jobling the violent show is not a drama at all.

It is, apprentlty, a brand.

Laverty down but not out...

By Burning Rubber on Sep 6, 08 05:59 PM

DURHAM-based Eugene Laverty will start tomorrow's World Supersport race from a lowly 21st after being caught out in the wet at Donington Park this afternoon.

In the first of two events with the Yamaha World Supersport squad, Laverty had looked a strong contender in Friday's earlier practice sessions, lying eighth after first qualifying.

But things took a bad turn during today's second session, as he made a rush to capitalise on a fast lap as the rain began to fall.

"It was obviously wet out there but there was none coming down, and just while I was on a decent lap, it started again. I thought it was going to come in for the duration so I pushed that little bit harder to get the lap in.

"Unfortunately I pushed that little too much and I ended up crashing. The worst part was that it stopped raining after that, so if I'd just kept going and kept on it, I'd have been fine!"

Although he starts from 21st today, Laverty is confident he can get a clean getaway and leapfrog as many spots as possible into the opening corners, before pushing and chasing down a top ten finish.


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