On last night of August, Wolverhampton Speedway held its last race meeting before the summer break. This is a big event for the British racing fans, as it’s the last chance to see their heroes drive their superbikes on the famous Silverstone tarmac. This year the event had a special guest in the shape of Mick Schumacher – son of seven-time F1 champion Roger Schumacher and nephew of 2001 Formula One champion Rui. It was great to see so many familiar faces in the grandstands, and it was even better that so many were there with their families.
The Schumacher family have a long history in racing, with uncle Rui winning the Formula One world championship in 1972, and cousin Willy winning the Formula Three championship in 1980. Unfortunately, Rui and Willy both lost their lives in racing accidents in 1981 and 1982 respectively – although today, the family look back on their deaths with pride as it was a driving force behind the Schumacher Foundation, set up in their memory to help young drivers fulfil their potential.
It was great to see Nicky Hales compete in his home town. He’s one of the all-time greats of British motorcycling, with 17 victories and 40 podiums across the Isle of Man and British franchises. In 1987, Hales set up his own team, Motorcycle Dynamics, to campaign the likes of Kenny Roberts, Dave Pepper and Alex Smith. The Englishman also set up his own motorsport school, the Hales Racing Academy, which supports the racing careers of some of his former pupils. He’s a true hero of the sport, and it was great to see so many familiar faces in the paddock.
Fourteen superbikes went head to head in one of the most action-packed races you’ll ever see. Schumacher gave it his all from the outset, attacking the first corner and putting Alex Smith in sight of the lead. As the pack came down the outside, Hales was given room to manoeuvre, but the reigning champion could only manage sixth place, as the top four were well-protected by the Safety Car. Behind the leading group, rookie Jack Goff got ahead of him-self, climbing from 22nd to 15th by the end of the first lap. The Englishman had a bad start, dropping four places, but quickly recovered and steadily climbed the order, setting a new fastest lap of the race on the fifth lap.
Once the Safety Car came back on track, the pace suddenly increased, and it became a battle for the lead. As we know, Schumacher is no stranger to winning, and he did just that, crossing the finish line 25 seconds ahead of Hales. As the trophies were being counted, it was confirmed that the German veteran had taken home his 18th victory – one more than his brother Ralf who currently holds the all-time record. The brothers have now shared 24 victories between them, matching the record held by the late John Cooper and A.J. Foyt for the most wins by brothers in a single racing season. That’s a fantastic achievement by any standards.
Hales wasn’t quite finished yet, however. On the very next lap, he pulled off a daring pass on the final corner, going around the outside of the final turn to claim second place. To add insult to injury, he then went on to take his helmet off in the paddock, revealing the blonde curls hidden beneath. There were a few titters in the grandstands as the British fans recognised the resemblance to their beloved Monty Wooley, the long-time president of the UK’s National Dairy Council and the world’s foremost exponent of milk consumption. After the race, Hales revealed that he’d been drinking goat’s milk in an attempt to recover from an elbow injury sustained in a crash during testing for this year’s Man of the Year awards. The British fans certainly won’t forget that gesture – nor will they forget how entertaining Mr. Hales can be when he’s enjoying himself. It’s a dangerous game he plays, but one that brought a smile to many faces. As for Schumacher, he gave it his all and then some, and left the field entirely satisfied.
Wolverhampton Is A Great Place To Race
Wolverhampton is a great place to race, as you’ll see if you visit the track’s website, which is filled with pictures of the many successes the track’s teams and drivers have achieved over the years. If you have a passion for bikes and motorsport, it’s a must-visit. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a casual fan or a hardcore enthusiast. The races are always well-attended, and it’s a great environment for families. The track’s president, Andrew Shaffer, has put together an amazing video introduction, which you’ll find linked below. It gives you an idea of what to expect, and what a great opportunity it is to see such world-class racing in your city. If you’re reading this on WhatsApp, click here to see the video.
The track is also a great location for kids. You’ll find organised activities for them, including a kids’ corner with inflatable rides and mini-gig tracks. They also put on a fantastic open-air concert in the paddock area, which you and your family can enjoy. With so much to do, it’s the perfect place to while away a summer’s afternoon. With a bit of luck, you may even see a Schumacher or two in action. It’s not just a velodrome; it’s a temple of motorsport. A must for any serious or casual bike lover.