Spectacular Spaxton! Bridgwater Grasstrack – Race Report and Results
Once again, Bridgwater MC’s Spaxton venue served up some top notch racing in all classes on Sunday, with several high speed dices going right to the chequered flag. Of note, the 350cc class were arguably the most entertaining, with 350 stalwarts Mark Taylor, Barry Powell and Wayne Broadhurst squabbling over victories all afternoon, with youngster Liam Ashcroft never too far from the action too.
Race Report and Result Images courtesy of Gareth Bemister – Action images courtesy of Methanol Moments Photography – Drone Footage by Darren Fellows
It had been Mark Taylor who had drawn first blood, narrowly beating Forest of Dean racer Barry Powell in the first of four excellent heats. Powell got his own back in the second heat by winning. But vitally, it was not Taylor who followed Powell home in this heat. Wayne Broadhurst had finished poorly in his opening ride, but this time around managed to finish ahead of Taylor, who once again was headed by Powell in their third ride. This set the meeting up nicely for a four-lap-showdown between Powell and Taylor. If Taylor was to win, Powell would have to finish 3rd for the RTS racer to win the meeting outright. Taylor did all that he could, winning a hard fought race, but Powell kept hold of 2nd place, meaning he won the meeting overall in some fantastic racing.
The 500cc solos class was won by Josh Dingle, who also made use of consistent racing. Young Devonian Henry Atkins was doing all of the winning in the class, winning three out of four of his races. But a split inlet manifold after winning his opening ride meant that he missed his second race. Dingle duly won in his absence and then followed Atkins home in the remaining two rides to secure his first meeting victory of the season. Atkins three wins, having scored no points in his second ride, was only good enough for second. No doubt, however, the valuable experience of the 500cc class will be put to good use in his debut British Masters final in three weeks time. Sadly, Atkins had to use the manifold from the 250cc machine which he was also campaigning so that he could compete in the 500cc class for the remainder of the day. He won the opening 250cc heat convincingly, but that ended his quarter-litre crusading for the afternoon.
Long distance traveller, Lincolnshire man Tim Greig relished the opportunity of the absent Atkins, winning the remaining three rides with three excellent rides, beating Adam Hawker in all three. Hawker claimed second in all of the rides, giving him a good second place overall, with former flat tracker Brad Hardman having one of his best results to date by claiming 3rd.
Tim Curnock dominated the Upright class, as he has at several meetings this season. He was simply a cut above the rest. Closest to him, Dave Hammond, was doubling up by competing in the Pre 75 class. After being led home by an excellent first race win by Colin Harris, Hammond was not headed again, storming to three wins, and the meeting win overall. Harris, after a sublime start, spent the rest of the afternoon contending with Adrian Vaughan.
Sussex youngster George Colvin is still improving on his new Auto slider. He got back to winning ways by winning a strong field of Autos. Local rider Oliver Bovingdon has also shown great improvements this season. He fended off Dorset youngster Harry Cutler to claim 2nd. The Cadet class was won by Kayden Munday, who had the beating of Charlotte Arthur in the opening two rides, before Charlotte sadly pulled out of the event.
Cameron Taylor was in great form once again in the Juniors. He won all four races, beating another local youngster, Zak Batey, with Max Derrick third. Aiden Arthur made no mistakes to claim the Inters from his namesake Aiden Hinchcliffe.
The 1000cc sidecars provided some fantastic racing once again, with some of Britain’s hottest prospects in action. Young Cornishman Kieran Hicks, teaming with Kizz Ivy for only the second time, looked like the crew to catch as the opening heats progressed. But local crew Simon Heal/Rowland Broomfield put the youngsters in their place in a last lap manoeuvre in their opening clash. The move would prove crucial as dusty conditions put paid to a winner-take-all final at the end of the day, and Heal/Broomfield were the only crew to beat Hicks/Ivy all day in this heat. Heal/Broomfield, put in another fantastic performance on home soil, winning all four of their heats. It’s been a turbulent season for the pairing, but when they have had the rub of mechanical luck, they have been in excellent form. Neal Owen/Jason Farwell stopped it from being an R1 Crossplane top 3 by finishing well in their four rides, and taking their V-twin Godden to 3rd overall. Tom Cossar/Wayne Rickards suffered from a non-finish in their opening ride, following this up with three 2nd places. This was only enough for 4th overall behind Owen/Farwell. Returning Cornish crew Andy Gribble/Ben Schofield rode consistently to finish 5th.
Once again, the Old and New Sidecars were in action at Bridgwater. Mark Courtney/Leon Torres won all four heats, but were made to work hard several times for their win. Steve Urrell/Julie Williams gave them plenty to think about, and Brian Hatch/Lewis Wharton were never too far away. But Cornishmen Courtney/Torres have got their GS500 machine really dialled in now and start every meeting as favourites.
The Quad class had some entertaining races. Veteran four-wheel-fanatic John Elliott had to settle for second in his opening ride as Richard Badham rode to a fabulous win. After this, Elliott made no mistake, winning each of the remaining races.
Dust became difficult to manage towards the end of the meeting, but a fantastic effort by all to get through all of the heats at a venue that never fails to deliver great Grasstrack racing.