Plum Pudding Races at Mallory Park

Boxing Day saw the racing event in its 42nd year at the Leicestershire circuit.  The field saw an eclectic mix of Saloon and Sports cars, solo motorcycles and side cars. The Plum Pudding races differ from most events in that there is no qualifying on the day, instead place on the grid is determined by order of entry into the event.


In the sports car races there was a small but interesting array of cars from Caterhams to a Radical. The Radical SR3 RS driven by Dave Porter went on to win the final sports race of the afternoon.

The saloon cars was no exception in interest, the first race of the day being won by Rod Birley in his Ford Escort WRC, his 600th win across a lengthy career.

The second Saloon race was not without high drama, the race being pulled after only two laps with many shunts  and a crash involving Nikolas Barton in his VW Golf.

The sidecar races only saw a small field of four entries but was a firm crowd pleaser.

The Solo motorcycles saw a far larger entry, and was great to see a Lambretta  competing against the sportsbikes. Jesse Trayler the National Superstocks 1000 rider won the first race with Jay Matthews going on to win the final race on his Yamaha R6.

The Plum Pudding Races is a great crowd puller with a huge amount of spectators coming out to enjoy the racing over a cold but sunny Boxing Day. We’ll be sure to return next year.



Allison Remzi          All images ©Andy Fitzpatrick