MOTORSPORT: Bray makes hay on Chris’ bike

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After five years away from the track, Donington’s Andy Bray made an impressive return to action as he honoured late friend Chris Waters at Cadwell Park.

Having passed away earlier this year aged just 46, Chris never got the chance to race his new CBR600 Steel Frame bike – so when Bray was asked to ride it in his memory, he jumped at the chance.

Racing in Derby Phoenix’s pre-injection class (steel framed championship), Bray started race one from 11th.

He enjoyed a blinding start and fought his way through to finish fourth overall and second in class. Race Two saw Bray starting fourth based on the previous finish and once again finished fourth overall (second in class). That earned him a podium place and a trophy, which was donated to Chris’ mother.

Two races followed 24 hours later, with Bray placing sixth and tenth to place third overall in the category. Again he donated the trophy, this time to Chris’ brother Malc.

Bray would like to thank Hayley Bray, Mark Simpson, Chris Bray, David Bray, Josie Bray, Shane Southward, Cockrams Couriers, Adam Kirk, Chris Newman and all of Chris’ family for their help and support.

The weekend also raised a total of £300 for the air ambulance, while Shane Southward (a very close friend of Chris) took the time to plant a tree in his memory at Coppice corner.