Ashcroft 1-2. Formula Grasstrack Round 6 & Jonathon Rodgers Memorial – Race Report & Results
Race Report by Ross Wharton – Images courtesy of Linda Kirkland
Using a new track at the venue proved to be an unknown quantity to the competitors which kept the racing even closer than normal & with the forecast rain not showing all day the racing was fast and action packed.
In the Auto cadet class it was Oliver Binns who capitalised on the absences of his fellow young racers to take a full 7 ride maximum and take a step closer to sealing the Championship up for 2017. The FGA are keen to welcome any Auto cadet racers aged 6-8 years who compete on fixed gear 50cc machines to come and join them.
Billy Budd was the only Cub representative on the day and was put in the mix with his elder junior racers once again. Budd would go on to score a maximum in his own class but also set the cat amongst the pigeons in the Junior category taking a number of 3rd places and finally edging out Junior Champion Sam Hall in the final heat of the day to take a win! Hall would also go on to take a full house of wins in his class, including the Junior Jonathon Rodgers Memorial final. He didn’t have it easy with Eli Meadows battling hard in the later heats to try and take points off Hall but failed to deny the reigning champion of his maximum. Meadows saw off Hereford racer Nathan alder for 2nd place with Katie Gordon and Thierry Atkinson finished 4th and 5th respectively.
In the Premier class, the Seniors, it was once again the Ashcroft’s who stole the show & it was elder brother Ryan who took another maximum to take the top championship points and head to the final with first gate pick. Liam, who only dropped one point to his brother in heat 8 would settle for second pick. Dave Binns who has continued to impress since joining the sport at round 3 took third place with a narrow 2point lead over top Shropshire man Martin Adams. For 5th it was a tie after 6 rides between Rob Cuffin and Veteran Glyn Stanton. Both would let the final decide their fate. 7th Place and last A final place went to Jack Budd. The elder Budd brother has really impressed since returning to racing after his exams and went about his business quietly racking up 31 points. John Higham would have to take his B final victory as consolation for missing out on the A final by a single point.
The Senior A final was a Cracker. 7 of the Day’s best riders made their way to the start line for The Jonathon Rodgers Silver Salver. As the 7 Honda powered machines stormed away from the start it was Liam Ashcroft who inched ahead of his brother and Binns to get fresh air and win the dramatic final with the fastest time of the day. Ryan kept him honest by pushing him all the way to the finish whilst Binns had the best seat in the house to watch and take 3rd place. Rob Cuffin took 4th with Martin Adams getting between him and Stanton with Budd following them home in 7th.
Hard luck stories of the day go to Steve Mace who was the victim of a close first turn in heat 8 and bit the dust. Mace battled on to take a top 10 finish. Glyn Edwards had mechanical gremlins all day and will be looking to fix these ahead of round 7. Championship front runner Marcus Crutchington will also be thankful for the 4 week gap to fix his blown motor and was grateful to team Alder for the loan of Nathans spare machine & finally Mark Mulvey will be left wondering what could have been after his first bend high-side in the C final, thankfully walking away from the awkward looking tumble.
The FGA Championship returns to Shropshire for Round 7 at Minsterley on 26th August where the John Broadhurst & Geoff Adams memorial finals will be competed for.
Auto Cadets 1st O. Binns 42 pts
Cubs 1st B. Budd 42pts
Juniors 1st S. Hall 42pts, 2nd E. Meadows 35, 3rd N. Alder 31, 4th K. Gordon 20, 5th T. Atkinson 6
Seniors 1st R. Ashcroft 42pts, 2nd L. Ashcroft 41, 3rd D. Binns 38, 4th M. Adams 36, 5th R. Cuffin 34, 6th G. Stanton 34, 7th J. Budd 31, 8th J Higham 30, 9th A Binns 26, 10th S. Mace 23, 11th 37 K. Murfin 21, 12th L. Bates 21, 13th M. Crutchington 20, 14th R. Hall 18, 15th M. Mulvey 18, 16th C. Pritchard 16, 17th N. Bowkett 13, 18th G. Pye 11, 19th G. Edwards 0