All Action! Formula Grasstrack Weekender – Race Report and Results
Report and Images by Ross Wharton
Saturday’s meeting was the 7th round of the 2018 FGA championship incorporating the Tom Thomas memorial finals which would provide an action-packed end to the day.
The youth classes were very much “as you were” with Ollie Binns, Billy Budd & Eli meadows taking a full house of victories in the Auto cadets, Cubs & Juniors respectively. Runner up in the Auto cadets, Harry Fletcher, took a nasty tumble in the final point scoring ride but got to his feet to contest the re-run. Joe Crewe rode consistently all day, improving with every ride to take 2nd in the cubs and Katie Gordon’s fast gating saw her take 2nd place from Sam Hall, returning to action after breaking his foot two rounds ago.
In the Senior category the racing was close throughout the field, keeping the spectators enthralled all day long. Three returnees to the formula Grasstrack scene in 2018 would go on to take the top three places. British 350cc finalist Wayne Broadhurst was in scintillating form all day, taking maximum points & the Tom Thomas final too. Phil Thomas was next in line on points behind Broadhurst, dropping 4 points in the heats, he settled for 3rd spot in the final behind the fast charging Broadhurst & elder brother Graham. For Graham Thomas, it was a tough return to FGA action, dropping 5 points in the heats, he was tied with the Ashcroft brothers and Colin How. The Final would be the decider for these 4. With Broadhurst getting away first, Graham Thomas took after him securing 2nd in the final and 3rd place overall. Younger Ashcroft, Liam took 4th place in the final, and 4th overall ahead of Ryan Ashcroft, who has appeared to solve his mechanical gremlins which have destroyed his 2018 FGA Campaign. Colin How rounded out the top 6 with Dave Binns 7th. Championship leader Martin Adams finished 8th after suffering mechanical issues before his 5th ride, meaning he had to borrow machines for his final two rides. Race 6 was arguably the race of the Day. The Thomas brother’s fighting for first and 2nd with the hard charging Ryan Ashcroft trying all he knew to pass them. It was a race to the line with Phil Thomas getting it ahead of Ryan Ashcroft and Graham Thomas having to settle for 3rd.
Rider of the day was undoubtedly FGA returnee Jack Priestley. Jack hasn’t raced for 16 years and went on to take victory from Andy Binns in the B Final.
Sunday’s North Vs. South team event was delayed due to rain during the morning. With a depleted entry the event went ahead. With no more rain, the track improved throughout the afternoon and produced some more superb racing. The North team took the win 191 to the South score of 183 points.
In the individual trophy finals, it was once again Eli Meadows taking home the John Broadhurst Trophy. The Seniors saw Ryan Ashcroft take victory in the Geoff Adams final & once again Wayne Broadhurst won the Minsterley Club Championship for the Derek Pinches Shield.
Saturday Results –
Autos – 1st O. Binns 48pts, 2nd H. Fletcher 42.
Cubs – 1st B. Budd 48, 2nd J. Crewe 42
Juniors – 1st E. Meadows 48, 2nd K. Gordon 40, 3rd S. Hall 32
Seniors (top 10) 1st W. Broadhurst 48, 2nd P. Thomas 44, 3rd G. Thomas 43, 4th L. Ashcroft 43, 5th R. Ashcroft 43, 6th C. How 43, 7th D. Binns 39, 8th M. Adams 38, 9th G. Stanton 37, 10th A. Binns 30
North Team – O.Binns, S. Hall, A. Binns, R. Southwell, G. Thomas, W. Broadhurst, G Stanton, M.Brookes 191 points
South Team – H. Fletcher, E. Meadows, P. Thomas, C. How, R. Ashcroft, M. Crutchington, C. Fletcher 183 points