Super Cooper – Cheshire Grasstrack Triple Trophy Meeting – Race Report & Results
The soggy start to the season continued once again as this week Cheshire Grasstrack Club fought bravely against the elements- this time they managed to complete three point-scoring rides until Mother Nature played her part in bringing the meeting to a close. In that time, the 2018 British Masters host venue saw racers battle bravely in very difficult conditions as the 2018 Grasstrack season squelches its way into gear.
Report and Result images courtesy of Gareth Bemister – Action images courtesy of Andrew Fairclough Photography
One of the most competitive classes of the day was once again the 250cc class. This week it was Yorkshireman David Knowles who won all three races convincingly, leading home his fellow former British Champion Graham Thomas. Another Yorkshireman, Andrew Whitaker, won a small class of 350cc solos in preparation for his reserve berth at next weekend’s European Semi Final at Swingfield. In the 500cc solos, Paul Cooper made it a White Rose Triple as he stormed home to three convincing wins. Ryan Ashcroft continued to impress, following Coops home for 2nd, beating last week’s winner Arran Butcher in the process.
The Pre 75 and Upright classes were combined to create a larger field of racers- a decision which proved to work as Pre 75 riders John Priest and Kenny Blain led home the Upright riders in two out of the three heats. Returnee Shaun Bickley won the opening race aboard his Upright, thus taking the Upright win. John Priest’s 2nd place behind Bickley in the opening ride was enough to secure the Pre 75 class win for the Shrewsbury man.
Barrie Bennett and Eifion Hughes followed up last week’s victory with another win in the 500cc sidecar class. They showed the way home to their sons Shaun Hughes and Louis Bennett. It’s been a great start to the season for Bennett and Hughes.
The 1000cc sidecar class saw a win for Gareth Winterburn (another Yorkshire winner) and stand-in passenger Ryan Wharton. They were followed home by long-distance travellers Simon Heal and Rowland Broomfield, with Gareth Tregilgas getting back on the bars for a spin, finishing 3rd with passenger Kyle Bryne.
A very strong Quad line-up was contested fiercely, and was reportedly won by Nick Wright, matching his victory at Tallington last week. This result has not yet been confirmed and is subject to change, but it sounds like the Wright Brothers were once again battling all day through the mud!
So no doubt now minds will be focused on ‘the big one’ later in the year for the Cheshire club, whom it has to be said have gone from strength to strength in the last few years. Their unique circuit at Gawsworth is highly regarded as an excellent racing track, even when it’s in tricky conditions such as these. Many are now looking forward to seeing what Cheshire pull off at ‘the grandest stage of them all- The British Masters’.