The chase was on! Worcester Grasstrack’s Chaddesley Chaser – Race Report & Results
The new-look Worcester Grasstrack club staged an excellent little club Grasstrack event on Sunday- The Chaddesley Chaser. On a tricky, technical circuit, a decent line up across many classes enjoyed another day in the sun. Inevitably the dust became an issue towards the end of the meeting, given the day was so hot. But up until then, once again a small band of dedicated folk did an excellent job keeping racing conditions at the best possible.
Report and Result Images courtesy of Gareth Bemister – Images courtesy of Rich Cooper
The smaller solo classes were dominated by British Champions, such was the quality of the entry attracted. The 250cc solo class was as wide open as ever, with former British champion Graham Thomas looking most likely to win, having won all three of his heats. Another British champion, David Knowles won two heats himself before being toppled by another former British champion- Neil Taylor. In the winner-take-all final, the three former champs clashed, but it was the returning Neil Taylor who took the glory, winning an excellent final and firmly establishing his comeback. David Knowles had to settle for second, whilst maximum man Graham Thomas had to be content with 3rd. Adam Hawker backed up the elite top 3, and National Gradings List winner of 2017, Tim Greig, could only manage 5th in the points, such was the stiffness of the competition. The 350cc class was not so wide open, but followed a similar trend. Reigning British Champion Rob Finlow had a rare outing in the class to complete 3 heat wins and the final. Wayne Broadhurst was never too far away in 2nd, while former speedway regular Adam Wrathall completed the top 3. Good to see Tom Davis riding well, winning a heat of his own, although he also hit the deck during the course of the afternoon.
The 500cc Solo class was won by Cheshire club man Daniel Winterton, though ‘The Cotswold Express’ Tim Nobes had the measure of Winterton by the end of the meeting, winning the final two heats. A poor showing in his opening ride, however, put paid to Nobes’ chances, whilst Winterton finished consistently.
The 500cc sidecars produced a confident win by Barrie Bennett/Eifion Hughes. The experienced racers used all of their years of experience to master the tough little circuit, fending off a courageous effort from their sons, Shaun Hughes and Louis Bennett.
The Old and New Sidecars once again entertained, but Mark Courtney/Leon Torres look unstoppable in this class at present.
The 1000cc sidecars produced some fantastic races. Rod Winterburn and Billy Winterburn had to pull off some great rides to maintain a maximum throughout the afternoon. Colin Blackbourn/Carl Pugh gave the Winterburns the most to think about until the final heat, where Simon Heal/Rowland Broomfield made an excellent start and finished 2nd. Heal/Broomfield have been producing some excellent rides this season.
Quads were won by Richard Badham, who won 3 races, and the Pre 75 Solo class was won by John Priest in similar dominant style.
The Upright Solo final was won by Tim Curnock after early pressure from Mark Taylor. Curnock won all of the heats, but Taylor is beginning to take his stride in this class, having moved from the 350s this season.
The GT140 class again provided a decent lineup, with many of the riders making the journey west to clash. Essex racer Kevin Bundock rolled back the years with an excellent win. A nasty crash was suffered by Trevor Steward and we wish Trevski the best for a speedy recovery.
The youth classes had some excellent battles. Junior racers Zak Batey and Max Derrick once again locked horns. Once more, Batey got the measure of his mate, winning all four heats. It’s great to see Chad Wirtzfeld riding on the grass again. He’ll be pleased with this win in the Inters class. Ollie Binns has been in sensational form in the Auto Cadets class, and once again performed a dominant victory, as did long-distance traveller Thomas Vining. The Channel Islander looked in terrific form in the Cadets class, going through the card unbeaten.