With the paddock support truck going up to Anglesey for the weekend, everything was going to plan. A plan which included a detour to Tonfanau, where Alan was leading the Minitwin championship by just 19 points. With three races to go and points being awarded at the rate of ten for a win, down to one for tenth, there was no room for complacency.
The bike was repaired from all previous mishaps, packed in the spare truck, ready to rock and roll, and Alan was fired up for the trip down the Welsh coast.
Until he lost the keys to the truck that is... Luckily, Danny Bridges came to the rescue with the loan of a van, so Alan set off from Anglesey after working in the paddock all Saturday, arriving at Tonfanau at 10pm. Sleeping in the van rounded off the perfect physical preparation regimen for racing like a demon the next day.
Race one didn't quite go according to plan, with Alan being taken out and scoring zero points. Vincent Brett won the race, cutting Alan's advantage to just nine points...
This also dented his aspirations for race two as it meant that he would be starting from the back of the grid, while Brett, his main rival for the championship went off pole position. By the flag, Alan had fought his way up to second, behind Brett. Championship lead down to eight points.
This left everything to play for in race three. Brett started from pole again and Alan from second on the grid. Riding a tactical race, Alan followed Brett home to take second place and to win the championship by just seven points.
Huge thanks to Danny Bridges for the loan of the van and commiserations to poor old Jake who accompanied the AA recovery of the truck back to Somerset, arriving at 8am the following day. Heigh ho! It's all in a day's work here at A&R Racing. Here's to more easy days next season.
There are only four more rounds for us to attend with the race paddock truck this season, so good luck to all competing, for all the undecided championships out there we look forward to an exciting finish to the year. Don't forget that if you are taking part in the NGRRC meeting at Pembrey next weekend and you need something particular taken up there, give us as much notice as possible and we will try to make sure it is on the truck for you.