Bristol Broadsiders! Bristol Grasstack – Race Report and Results
Bristol GRC staged their second meeting of the season, with the unique clause that free entry was offered to those that competed in their event back in May. It appeared to be a decision that paid off as once again the Wessex Centre club attracted a decent entry, with a few big names in the 500cc solos adding some star power.
Race Report and Result Images courtesy of Gareth Bemister – Action Images courtesy of Martin Ilsley
Fresh from a dogged performance at the Masters last weekend, Paul Cooper put in a strong performance to win the 500cc solos class. He was made to work for the win, however, as the early lead was with Charlie Saunders. Cooper managed to dispose of Saunders with a move up the inside. Saunders sadly failed to finish the final, allowing this season’s Australian revelation Alex Davies to once again finish strongly in 2nd. Another Yorkshireman, Andrew Whitaker, completed the top 3 with comeback rider John Jefferies showing very little ‘ring rust’ to finish a highly creditable 4th.
The 1000cc sidecar class produced some strong racing, with Tom Cossar and Wayne Rickards taking another meeting win. The younger of the Cossar brothers continues his steady rise to the top and put in another promising day’s racing. Simon Heal/Rowland Broomfield, who have similarly been packing in results this season, finished 2nd, with Will Offen/Sam Black once again finishing on a rostrum in 3rd. All three crews have been having strong seasons.
Newly crowned British 250cc Champion Henry Atkins once again was impeccable in the quarter-litre class. The youngster was not beaten all day, completed his highly successful Grasstrack season in typically dominant style. Perhaps we will see the young Devonian in the larger capacity classes for 2018?
Barry Powell’s win in the 350cc competition was his 2nd win at the Lower Stanton St Quinton venue of the season, and his 3rd win of the year. Even former Premier League speedway rider Wayne Broadhurst could do nothing about the Forest of Dean racer. The Ashcroft brothers once again squabbled over 3rd place, with younger brother Liam getting the better of Ryan on this occasion.
Tim Curnock rode a fine meeting to win the Upright class ahead of Mike Dowling, whilst Ian Rainman Gutteridge rode well to win overall in a super-competitive Pre 75 class. Even Chris Mackett’s final race win was not enough to de-throne Gutteridge, who had finished consistently all day, taking 2 wins of his own.
The Auto Cadet class saw another win for George Colvin, who led Ollie Binns home in all four heats. Harry Cutler continued his steady improvement this year by finishing 3rd, whilst Jacob Phillips and Charlotte Arthur fought all afternoon over 4th, with Phillips coming out on top.
Finally, in the Juniors, Cameron Taylor returned to once again win the class, heading off Aidan Arthur and Kelsie Buck.
After hosting the British Masters in 2016, Bristol’s decision to concentrate on club racing for 2017 seems to have been one that has paid off. Two solid club events by Bristol GRC puts them in excellent stead for the 2018 season.
Well done to riders and club on another good Grasstrack meeting.