Cooking! FENLAND SOUTH MIDLAND CENTRE GRASSTRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS – Race Report and Results
Fenland ran a hotly contested South Midland Centre Championships on Sunday, racing for the second time this season at their Woodwalton venue in Cambridgeshire.
Report and Result images by Gareth Bemister – Images courtesy of Martin Ilsley
Harland Cook raced to another meeting victory in the 500cc class, beating Scott Campos to the championship, although the Anglo-American speedway rider looked in good form also. Cook doubled up in the Upright class, borrowing Neil Copestake’s machine, but was not able to overcome the former British Upright Champion Stephen Green, who was in excellent form.
Luke Harris put in a solid performance to win the 250cc solos, but was pushed very hard by Tim Greig, who managed to overcome the Cradley Heathens racer in the heats. It took a last race decider to take the win, which Harris delivered confidently.
The Ashcroft’s once again battled in the 350cc class, although they were able to capitalise on Wayne Broadhurst’s misfortune. This week it was Ryan who led Liam home to take the 350cc honours.
John Underwood took the win ahead of Chris Mackett in the Pre 75 class, swapping positions from the Fenland meeting held earlier in the year. Mackett, however, put in a dominant performance in the classic 250cc class, winning his second meeting at Fenland this season.
It was great to see a healthy Youth lineup, with plenty of riders in each of the classes.
In the Auto Cadet class, Cooper Rushen once again got the better of George Colvin to take the win. It will be fascinating to watch these two lads over the next decade. The class was seven-strong, joining the Cadets on the line, giving the boys and girls plenty of experience of a packed first corner. Mitchell Bowman was the highest placed Norwich rider in the Auto Cadets, but his Norwich counterpart, Alfie Attoe rode well to secure a Cadet class victory.
The Junior class again had plenty of riders on the line, but once again Cameron Taylor was a cut above the others, going through the card unbeaten in yet another flawless victory. Kenzie Cossey rode well for second and Aidan Arthur continued to pile on the National Gradings points with another rostrum spot.
The final class for the youngsters was the Inters class, won by another Norwich New Stars product; Jake Mulford. He raced to a maximum, with plenty of action taking place behind him. Mickie Simpson put his speedway training to good use, getting quicker and quicker as the afternoon went on and finishing second, splitting the Norwich riders of Mulford and Chris Mackie, who finished 3rd.
The 500cc sidecar class was won by Simon Beard, passengered by a stand-in passenger who has only been reported as ‘Karlos Fandango’. Whomever the mysterious passenger is, he did a fantastic job, overcoming nasty burns to his leg to win the meeting with Beard. The younger Welsh border crew of Shaun Hughes and Louis Bennett overcame their fathers Barrie Bennett and Eifion Hughes to take 2nd in the class.
The 1000cc sidecar class saw the long-awaited return to Right Hand sidecar racing of Richard Fred Jenner. And he and passenger Roddy Stirling duly delivered a win in their opening two rides. Richard was a strong competitor in the class throughout the early to mid-nineties after a relatively successful solo run. It was Lee Jones and Ryan Wharton who were able to put a stop to the return party, however, winning their final 3 rides. Jones and Wharton have put some excellent results together this season, as has Joe Butcher and new passenger Michael Chittenden. This pairing managed a win also, being the only crew to beat Jones/Wharton. A mechanical issue in one heat meant that they failed to finish their 3rd heat, but did enough to finish 3rd overall.
Altogether, another successful day at Fenland. The club have ran two events this season, both well supported by riders and producing good racing.
Gareth and Dirt Hub would like to thank Matthew Wear, Carly Pattison, Beckii Bennett, Chris Stocks and Tim Greig for support in getting results, and to Martin Ilsley for getting his photos up early as promised.