Petpals owner Wallis takes memorial race

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Alfreton-based sidecar racer Dave Wallis won The Robin Daykin Memorial Trophy in Scarborough.

Wallis, owner of race sponsor Petpals Amber Valley, took the race at Oliver’s Mount in his fully branded LCR Suzuki.

The trophy is named in honour of Robin Daykin, a popular character on the sidecar racing scene for many years, who sadly died of cancer in 2012.

The memorial trophy was commissioned by Robin’s wife Annette, who was also his sidecar passenger.

Wallis, 56, who has been racing sidecars since 1994 and passenger Harry Payne, 24, won the trophy based on their overall performance after three races spread over two days.

Dave and Harry not only claimed overall victory, they also set the fastest lap time for the weekend.

Wallis said: “I have been involved in sidecar racing for over 20 years and get so much enjoyment from it and find it fits really well around running my Petpals business.

“They couldn’t be more different but I love them both.

“Winning the Robin Daykin Memorial Trophy was fantastic.

“Harry and I had some nail-biting moments and some really close finishes so we were thrilled with the final result.”