Fenland Thrills! South Midland Centre Grasstrack Champs – Race Report and Results
Fenland Grasstrack club can look back on a highly successful weekend of racing last weekend, culminating in their excellently ran South Midland Centre Championships meeting the day after the British Youth Championships.
Report and Result Images by Gareth Bemister
Headlining the meeting was New Zealand speedway ace Bradley Wilson-Dean, and he duly delivered a winning performance in the 500cc solo class. Stephen Green looked very fast, however, and was arguable the quicker of the two on the day.
The 250cc solos were won by former British champ David Knowles, and another experienced campaigner, Wayne Broadhurst took the 350cc honours.
Plenty of other solo classes were catered for in a packed programme of races. The economical GT140s once again attracted a sizeable line-up of riders, with Jed Rolph overcoming Saturday’s winner George Fenner to take the honours.
Classic 250cc racing is popular in this part of the worls, and once again a decent group of racers battled, with evergreen Chris Mackett taking the top honours. John Underwood was the lone finisher in the Pre 75 class, whilst Tim Curnock continued his impressive form to win the Upright class, beating Rhys Wilding to the centre Championship.
After their big day on the Saturday, plenty of youth racers stuck around to compete in their second day of racing. In the Inters class, Jake Mulford makde amends for his rotten luck the previous day by winning the class, though once again he was shadowed closely by the diminutive, stylish figure of newly crowned British champion Mickie Simpson. Ollie Binns celebrated his British title by winning the South Midland Centre Championships too, but the Cadets and Juniors British Champs were conspicuous by their absence from Sunday’s results.
In Cooper Rushen’s absence, Guernsey racer Thomas Vining had the Cadet class all his own way, whilst Max Perry, who’d seen Cameron Taylor take his British crown the following day, showed no signs of negativity by bouncing back with a win.
Both sidecar classes were small in numbers, but provided plenty of entertainment. Aaron Vale teamed with Ciara Southgate to claim the 500cc sidecar class win, with Phill Rowlands and Tom Rowlands delivering their best result to date with a 2nd. And Colin Blackbourn/Carl Pugh had the 1000cc sidecar class well and truly won, with a great result for Pete Shaw/Stephen Russell to finish runners-up.
There’s been plenty of positivity about the meetings held last weekend. Lots of credit must go to Fenland Grasstrack Club for hosting two days of fantastic racing.