There was the usual close qualification times in the Straightliners championship round 7.
Russell Shea and Neil Pettitt fought it out in the final on the Lambrettas and the tail wind had a hand in the result. Both riders side by side the full length of the strip with Neil just first across the stripe. Unfortunately both riders broke out so the verdict went to the rider who broke out the least amount so Russell got the verdict with a1/100th breakout to Neils 3/100ths nail bitingly close at 14.09 to 14.07 .
For once Gavin Watson out qualified Eric Cope. Come the final and Eric turned the tables with a storming start and 1.99 60 foot to take the win with a 13.44.
R1 Lee came along to get some experience on his newly built turbo GSXR 1000 which had just come from a dyno session. A weekend of experimentation saw Lee with a best of 11.02 at 142mph.
Stuart Grant took the win on his FZR 600 Yamaha at 12.85 but Leslie Cox made good progress with the Harley ending the day with a new personal best of 15.52.
John Jefferson stamped his authority on the class, the new set of leathers may have helped. After running 11.13 to top qualify he beat Dave Grundy in the final posting an11.12 to Daves 11.27.
Mark Graham top qualified with a perfect 10.10 Michael Austin just 2/100ths behind though Michaels bike problems would spoil his day. The interesting story, no pun, was the return of the Storrie brothers David and Andrew sharing David's Hyabusa. Yes the inevitable happened both making it to the final. With Richard Ward kindly loaning Andrew his GSXR 1000 the final was on. David took the win with a 10.42 Andrew putting in a sterling effort on an unfamiliar.
Maxine Taylor held top spot on a 9.18 from early in the day with Stuart Eccles 1970s Z1000 Kawasaki the cat among the BMW pigeons. So come the final Stuart lined up against Maxine. A perfect run from Stuart on the old school nitrous bike saw him take the win. For once dad wasn't along to see the delight on Stuarts face as he collected his trophy, his daughter photographing the moment.
Phil Wood won with a 8.70 at 172mph also taking FTD with an 8.69.
Levi Baber broke the class record on Saturday with a new personal best 16.29. That lasted until Sunday when Joe Mallabone upped it to 15.96. Come the final and it was Levi who got the jump at the green which was to prove crucial. Levi first past the post with a 16.37 to Joe's losing 16.29. A great final from the 11 and 12 year olds.
Thanks to the Straightliners crew and York Raceway
Write up and photos by Paul Cumpstone.