Dust stops play in Worcestershire! Castlemorton Classic Grasstrack – Race Report and Results
Sadly, dusty conditions curtailed the Castlemorton Classic Grasstrack on Sunday after all riders had completed three races. Before the dust became too much, however, some interesting racing was served up on a tight, tricky little circuit in Worcestershire.
Report and Result Images courtesy of Gareth Bemister
Action images courtesy of Sue Dudley – https://www.malvern-phodography.co.uk/
The Youth racing was, once again, hotly contested with decent line-ups in all four classes. The Auto Cadet class, with notable absentee Ollie Binns (more on him in a moment) was won by Joshua Allen, claiming his first competitive victory on the grass. Newly crowned British Auto Cadets champion Ollie Binns stepped up to the cadets class, and although he was quick, he couldn’t stop fellow British champion Cooper Rushen from winning the class emphatically.
Yet another British champ, Cameron Taylor made no mistake in winning the Junior class from Max Derrick and Zak Batey. The Inters were won by Aidan Arthur who has improved steadily all season long. Newcomer Jordan Derrick performed his best meeting to date by following Arthur home for second.
With Cooper flying in the Youth, the pressure was on Dad Karl in the GT140 class. He produced the goods, however, taking the win from Jed Rolph, with RTS supremo Roger Taylor borrowing the machine of Glyn Stanton to claim 3rd.
Tim Greig found himself on yet another rostrum at the end of a tough 250cc solo competition, thus further increasing his dominance of the ACU National Gradings List. The 350cc class threw up somewhat of a surprise as several riders tripped over one another and dropped points through the day to allow the consistent, determined riding style of Steve Dowling to claim the win overall.
Local rider Tim Curnock continued his excellent Upright form, beating Mike Dowling overall, whilst John Priest claimed the Pre 75 class.
Returning former British Champion Tony Atkin was still not enough to deter ‘The Cotswold Express’ Tim Nobes from taking the 500cc solo win. Atkin claimed 2nd overall with Ryan Ashcroft finishing 3rd.
In the 500cc sidecar class, Bennett/Hughes Senior were the overall winners, with a greatly improved Phill Rowlands/Tom Rowlands riding well to claim second in what was a very tough afternoon for the continental sidecars. The 1000cc sidecars served up an intense battle between two former British Masters crews, with Rod Winterburn and Billy Winterburn overcoming an onslaught of attack from Colin Blackbourn/Carl Pugh to take the meeting win.
Rob Heath/Kyle Fish shook off the disappointment of having victory snatched from them in the closing stages of GTSA’s Dig Dog Dash meeting by winning the Lefthand Sidecar class. Welshmen Alex Balman and Tim Phillips, no doubt enjoying the considerably shorter journey than usual, claimed second.
Finally, the quad class was won by Paul Munnery. The Sussex four-wheel racer made no mistakes in once again forcing Geoff Glover to have to tolerate another second place, with Richard Badham finishing third.
A few nasty accidents occurred throughout the day, not helping the dust situation. 500cc solo racer Bert Marshall was the worst casualty of the day, and are thoughts are with Marshall, hoping for a speedy recovery. After three legs, the difficult decision was taken to cease racing and results stood. However, it’s great to see another event added to the calendar, and we look forward to seeing the Castlemorton Classic return in 2019.