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Richie Harrison Races in the Clubman's Challenge at the Auto 66 Club at Elvington Park

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Auto 66 Club is based in Scarborough, on the coast of Yorkshire, England. One of its main circuits is Elvington Park near York and for Harrison Brothers Racing’s Richie Harrison it was a chance to enjoy his 2000 Yamaha R6.

“I did not want to worry too much about finishing positions,” said Harrison. “I did hope to be in the top 10 by the end of the day. I entered 2 classes; the Clubman’s challenge Formula 600cc and the Clubman’s Challenge 1300cc Open. I wanted to get some good track time under my belt on the R6.”
Richie Harrison at Brands Hatch
Richie Harrison at Brands Hatch
Harrison Yamaha has Ohlins suspension, a full Akropovic Race Exhaust, HEL Braided Brake lines and K&N Air and Oil Filters. “I have put a full race K&N Air Filter in this bike and the K&N High Flow Chrome Oil Filter,” said Harrison. “The bike runs like a dream and was as quick initially as some bikes with fuel injection. I had no major worries in any departments with the bike, especially from the K&N Products. We use K&N on all of our bikes.”

It was very damp during practice and Harrison tested the cones and the changes on the tarmac that Elvington Park is known for. During Race One in the F600cc Open, Harrison was on the 3rd row and ended up 7th.

“Going to the line in Race Two of the F1300cc Open I once again lined up on the grid on the 3rd row,” said Harrison. “We made our way through the first double apex and I settled into a good rhythm. I could not make up any ground on the rider in front but when the checkered flag came down I was 7th and had taken another top 10 place. I was over the moon.”

Richie Harrison's 2000 Yamaha R6
Richie Harrison's 2000 Yamaha R6
At that point the weather turned bad and a deluge of rain swamped the circuit. It was Harrison’s first wet ride in 18 months following a bad accident. Harrison suffered a broken pelvis, sternum, fractured hip and bruising to the lungs at Brands Hatch more than one year ago. “I was happy but needed to get the bike to run softer at the rear in order to have more confidence,” he said. “I adjusted the compression in order to let the bike squat more on acceleration.”

By Race Five in the F600cc the circuit was almost dry. “Once more I lined up on the 3rd row and hoped that I could have a good end to the day,” Harrison said. “I put my head down the checkered flag and took 6th place.”

In the F1300cc Harrison ended up 5th and gained 11 points in the 1300cc Open Championship. “During the last lap I was approximately 1 second off the back of Martin Mitchell,” he said. “I knew that I was faster as we made our way onto the straight away. I refused to give up and had a good run as we went into the hairpin. Mitchell ran wide and as he moved over I challenged him and put the R6 right where he wanted to be. He wasn’t going down without a fight and we were millimeters away from touching. I ended the day very happy with my results. Once again my HBR R6 performed faultlessly all day.”

Harrison plans to use the 2000 Yamaha R6 in the 2007 Derby Phoenix MCC Pre Injection 600cc Championship.

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