A Classic at Berrynarbor! British Classic motocross Championship Round 4 – Race Report
Report and Images by Dave Rich
Incorporated over the weekend was round 4 of the British Classic motocross Championship which featured many of the old bikes from Triumphs, BSA’s, CZ’s and Greeves to name a few as well as many makes from the late 70’s and early 80’s in the shape of Twinshock Machines plus a round on both days of the 2018 Pre 83 125cc Championship.
The track this year was ran the opposite way to other year’s and had to be watered as things were to get a bit dusty in places and on the Sunday the track had to be slightly altered because of the conditions, but never the less it proved to be a success and was to produce some excellent racing for some 200 plus competitors and thrilled the many enthusiasts who were there in attendance in numbers.
In the British Classic Championships there was a combined race on each day for the Pre 65’s and Pre 74 classes which was well supported. Both days saw some pretty quick racing, but there was only one winner on both days and that was Lewis Bell on the 500 Jawa Metisse who had made the long journey down from Scotland, which has now lifted from 6th in the standings to 4th, but the gap at the top has closed after Will Bateup finished 2nd in both races ahead of Championship leader Aaron Graves who took 3rd in both races which has put Bateup just 2 points adrift in the standings behind Graves. In the Pre 74 class on the opening day Championship leader and last year’s Champion Kris Winder was up against it and had to settle for 2nd behind Kristian Marshall on the BSA 500 who took the win by some margin, but Winder was to take a fine win on day 2 after a mistake from Marshall mid race which has increased Winders Championship lead to 31 points.
In the Twinshock category there were nigh on 120 competitors which included many local riders from the South of the country as well as many from up north. In the Twinshock A class local Devon rider Luke Hill on the 1980 540cc Triumph was expected to do well, and it looked as if he was going to do so in the opening race on Saturday when leading from Kristian Marshall who was doubling up in classes this time on a 1981 490cc Maico who was pushing Hill for the lead which Marshall took on lap 4 of the 5 lap race when Hill’s shock absorber broke and Marshall went on to take the win. In the second race again the luck was against Hill whose Chain came off and it did the same again in the 3rd race which gift Marshall a hat trick of wins on the opening day. On day two Hill thought he had sorted out his chain problem in the opening race when giving chase to Marshall, but again the Chain came off and this time had jammed, so Hill was out, but making an appearance on Sunday was yet another local rider who needed no introduction in the shape of Wayne Butt who was to push Marshall in the opening race, but Marshall was to hold strong and took the win by just over a second. In the second moto it was fast from the off and hill was there at the front in no time from Marshall and these two were to power away and thrilled the spectators, but all thoughts were thinking could the chain stay on Hills machine, and it did and Hill was to take the win and with it had produced the fastest lap time on the day just as he had on the opening day. In the last moto this time Marshall had the best start and was cruising for the first couple of laps, but Hill was to close right up and on the last lap was pushing hard to get pass Marshall trying many different lines, but Marshall kept him at bay and took the win by literally by a whisker.
In the Twinshock B class there was a fine performance from James Reeves on the opening day who put together three fine wins and even had time in one race to stop and pick up his silencer which had come off and still took the win, but on day 2 things were not so easy. Reeves took the opening race but only just from Pat Jackson with Kurtis Bence winning the second moto ahead of Jackson with Jackson winning the last race from Reeves.
In the Pre 83 125cc Championship there was no stopping Anthony Twidle on his 1983 Yamaha who was to totally dominate the proceeding over the weekend and took a hat trick of wins on both days.
In the Twinshock A Class all eyes were on local favourite Luke Hill from South Molton on his 1980 540 Triumph, but it was a disastrous day for Luke on the Saturday as when leading the opening race his Shock obsorber broke and he was to have his chain come off in the other two races. On the Sunday things didn’t get any better for Luke in the opening race as yet again his chain was to come off, but this time it had got jammed and he was unable to get going again. However in race two the luck was with him as he was to hit the front after two laps and from there went on to take the win and in the last race he was to take a close 2nd by literally half a wheel behind Kristian Marshall who made it 5 wins out of 6 on his 1981 490 Maico. Another local rider in this class was Ben Braddick from Westward Ho who was pretty consistent and took 6th overall on the Saturday and an excellent 2nd overall to Marshall on the Sunday on the 1980 480 Honda. Twinshock B was also very competitive and had another local rider from Barnstable looking to do well and that was Luke Cowell on his 1979 250 Honda who was to give his all ending day one 5th overall and then going one better on the Sunday with 4th overall. In the Twinshock C class there was a up and coming star from Westward Ho in the Shape of Danny Braddick who was also on a 1980 250 Honda who was to have a good ride on the opening day finishing 2nd overall and on day two continued with his persistence and took the win in the second race, but again ended the day 2nd overall.