Flying Davies. Frittenden Flyer Grasstrack – Race Report & Results
The Sandhurst Bridge Farm venue once again provided an exceptional circuit for Grasstrack racing on Sunday as Frittenden staged their 3rd and final event of the 2017 season.
Report and Result images by Gareth Bemister – Action images courtesy of Sandy Bemister
In the big 500cc solo class, an excellent lineup provided 3 heats per leg of racing, with no one rider dominating. Australian Alex Davies was in good form once again, winning two out of his three rides, matched only by Charley Powell, who was doubling up in the 500cc sidecar class…more on that later. Paul Hurry looked equally quick, showing his class on a circuit that was challenging for solos in as much that it provided tremendous amounts of grip mid-corner.
Alex Davies took the win in the final, leading Hurry home in 2nd, showing that he really has arrived on the Grasstrack scene. Charley Powell grabbed 3rd.
Former British champion Adam Shipp put in a stunning performance in the 250 class, winning all four of his rides convincingly, with Gradings list leader Tim Greig getting close to challenge Shippy in the early parts of the heats. Chris Still once again showed that there’s plenty left in him yet, coming home for a well-deserved 3rd.
The excitement in the 350cc class was to see how quickly youngster Charlie Brooks would get to grips with the larger capacity class. Sadly, Charlie’s day ended before it even got going, as he blew his engine apart whilst holding 3rd. Dave Mears made no mistakes to win all four heats from his old rival Mark Giles, with Barry Coates finishing 3rd.
Mears doubled up in the Upright solo class, but had no answer to the front runners. British Champion Bob Dolman rode well to fend off challenges from former British champ Stephen Green. The two put in some excellent rides, with Mears finishing 3rd. Robin Pilcher produced some of his best rides for years, clearly revelling in the conditions of the circuit.
The 500cc sidecar class was won by Simon Beard, reunited with Ant Goodwin. The pairing produced a flawless day’s racing, winning all of their races and the final. Aaron Vale and Stephen Vale rode an excellent final to claim 2nd with Barrie Bennett/Eifion Hughes in 3rd. Eastbourne speedway rider Charley Powell looked like he got to grips with sidecar racing very quickly, becoming involved in several battles with established crews from the very start. His first ride saw him and passenger Sam Heath clashing with British Number 3 James Hogg/Scott Goodwin. Powell’s natural prowess on a 3 wheeled machine should come as no surprise given his lineage!
Lefthand Sidecars produced some of the best racing once again, with Joe Butcher/Michael Chittenden continuing their excellent season with a win.
Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth dominated the 1000cc RH sidecar class, winning with ease in all of their races. Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott’s 2nd place was well deserved, with Myles Simmons/Bradley Steer always in the mix, finishing 3rd in the final. Terry Saunters once again proved his potential on the bars, putting together some fantastic rides in the heats and finishing 4th in the final.
After some excellent rides throughout the day, it came as somewhat of a surprise to see Neal Owen/Jason Farwell in the B Final, but they duly won it, claiming an impressive trophy in the process.
That concludes three excellent meetings for Frittenden in 2017. Well done to all involved in bringing the club to the standard of meeting that it regularly presents today.