Cossar cleans up in Cornwall! Westcountry Winner Grasstrack – Race Report and Results
The Mid Cornwall Premier MCC staged their second day of racing, the Westcountry Winner, at their usual, unique boarded circuit on Sunday, the day after their successful hosting of the British Youth Championships.
Report and Result Images by Gareth Bemister – Action Images courtesy of Sandy Bemister
Plenty of the championship competitors from the previous day stuck around to race for the Westcountry Winner title. Newly crowned Auto Cadet champion Archie Rolph once again was dominant in the Autos class, whilst Ollie Binns was the lone Cadet and got to race amongst the Autos. Similarly, Max Perry turned on the style once more to claim the Junior class with four tremendous victories. There was plenty of action once again in the class. Despite all of the overtaking, the same three boys stood on the podium at the end of the day, with George Colvin 2nd and Thomas Vining 3rd.
Reigning, defending British Masters champion Zach Wajtknecht used the opportunity of another day’s racing on his Grasstrack bike to warm up for his Masters title defence next weekend. He was again very fast and won all four races convincingly in the open solo class. Another Masters runner, Ryan Ashcroft rode well to claim 2nd, whilst a dogged display by local racer Jake Quintrell saw him clinch 3rd overall.
Young 250cc racer Chad Wirtzfeld was very impressive in the quarter-litre class. He looked very fast and many wondered what might have happened if he had decided to contend the British Intermediate title the day previously.
One rider who had competed in the championship, Kai Ward, made his second appearance in the adult class and was riding well, but a non-finish in one heat allowed Luke Tuck to edge ahead of him on points.
Tuck, who was to celebrate his 30th birthday the following day, made the rostrum in the Upright/Pre 75 class also, but he had no answer to the speed of Chris Malone.
The 1000cc sidecar class saw Mark Cossar reunited with injured passenger Carl Blyth, ready for next weekend’s British Masters. The 5x Masters champs duly won all four heats, fending off a lively looking Neal Owen/Jason Farwell.
The Old and New class produced the usual spectacular racing often seen at this circuit. There is something about this track that brings out the best in this class. Alan and Patrick Keat upset the form card early on by beating the usually unstoppable Mark Courtney/Leon Torres in the opening two heats. Poor starts by Courtney/Torres caused them to be hampered in the early parts of the race, and the Keats had enough to stay ahead. In the third heat, Courtney/Torres hit the front and took their first win, with the Keats finishing second. This brought proceedings to a final race showdown which was never to transpire. Problems with the Keats machine meant that they couldn’t compete, meaning that Courtney/Torres had it all in their hands. Ironically, the pairing made their best start of the day, leaping out of the gate and winning the final race, and the meeting itself.
Another class which seem to suit the multi-cornered venue is the Quad class. Once again, the four-wheeled warriors produced some excellent racing throughout the afternoon. After winning all five of his races the previous day, Geoff Glover suffered his first loss in his opening race at the hands of Nick Wright. Wright, who’d travelled from Lincolnshire, once again dished out misery for Glover by defeating him in the all-important A Final. Quad stalwart John Elliott rode through the heats unbeaten, but had no answer to either Wright or Glover in the final. A nasty crash in the A final brought the class to a close.
The GT140 class were having their maiden voyage on the circuit. As they have shown so many times this season, they were extremely entertaining, with all 7 riders swapping and changing positions right up to the flag. Despite his best efforts, Shaun Harvey just couldn’t stop the experienced solo rider Mark Collins from winning all four heats. The riders were impressed with the circuit, realising that they could ride the whole track ‘on the stop’.
The Westcountry Winner completed the season for the Mid Cornwall Premier MCC. It was fine way to finish. Well done to all at the club, and all of the Grasstrack world now look forward to further visits to Cornwall next season.