Wolfie Smith speeds to new Cornish track record

Mark Wolfie Smith on his machine

Mark Wolfie Smith on his machine - Credit: Archant

Newton Poppleford-based drag racing ace Mark ‘Wolfie’ Smith realised a burning ambition last weekend, writes Steve Birley.

Smith was on parade at the Spitfire Raceway, Perranporth where he become the first person ever to get under the 10 second mark for the 403m (one-quarter-of-a-mile) distance.

Reaching a top speed of 141mph, Wolfie flew past the finishing line in a time of 9.97.

Smith made an initial run and that was timed at 10.23 (141mph). After the ride he returned to his scrutineering work at the meeting, but a friend continued to suggest he ought to have another crack at re4alsijng his ambition of breaking the 10 second barrier.

Finally, when his scrutinerring duties afforded him the opportunity, he once again took to the track to become a history maker!


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Back in April, speaking to the Sidmouth Herald, Smith had said: “My goal for 2016 is to be the first person to do a nine second run at the Spitfire Raceway, Perranporth and then become the first to record an eight second run back at Smeatharpe at Dakota Raceway!”

The first part of that goal has now been accomplished and the second part is now firmly on the Smith agenda!

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Smith departed the Perranrtporth meeting as the new track record holder, the new category track record holder and the event winner of the spitfire raceway street bike category.

In terms of the latter, after six rounds of the Southern Championships, Smith tops the leader board with 548 points. Second is Vince Hill (42) and third Gary Kearley (400).

So, what next for the flying biker?

Smith says: “I still have that mouth-watering target of a sub nine second time on the Smeatharpe track. I truly believe it won’t be long before I am able to do that. Reaching this latest goal in Cornwall spurs me on further.”

One thing is for sure, given his determination to reach the goal that he did last weekend in the Duchy, there’s no such thing as an impossible dream in this sportsman’s thinking!

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