Hall’s Full House! Formula Grasstrack Championships Round 7 – Race Report and Results
Sam Hall and Liam Ashcroft would race their way to 7 ride maximums at Whitchurch Mcc’s 4th Formula Grasstrack meeting of 2019. The Hampton hall track was to be slightly bigger than last time out, making racing faster throughout all classes.
Report and Images by Ross Wharton
Ollie Binns made a welcome return to the FGA after missing the last round. Binns would make hard work of it by having a non-finish in his opening ride leaving Wolverhampton’s Harry Fletcher to take victory ahead of Joe Crewe. Binns would then go on to have a faultless 5 wins in a row but had to leave before the final to head to Silverstone for the Motogp. Fletcher would narrowly see off Crewe for the win in the final.
The Junior class goes from strength to strength with some incredibly close racing between the top 4 riders. Fast starting Jake breeze would take to the front in every ride only for Hall and Budd to close in on the youngster from Churchstoke. Hall making hard work of his 7 wins would edge past Breeze, but Budd would have no answer to him, leaving Breeze to take 7 2nd places behind Hall. Championship leader Budd would have to settle for 3rd overall with Slough youngster Gino Casale taking 4th. Ryan Bow suffered mechanical issues all afternoon, coming home in the final point scoring position. Budd now has a slender 1-point lead over Hall with potentially 3 rounds remaining.
Liam Ashcroft would go on to dominate Senior proceedings. Like Binns, he was missing from action last time out and has missed 2 of the 7 rounds completed, which has hindered his championship challenge. Ashcroft would take a 7-ride maximum with relative ease, Passing his opponents with grace. In the meetings he has competed in, he’s only dropped 6 points in total too. Colin How would come home in 2nd place overall after seizing a big end bearing last time out, he made up for it, dropping 1 point in each of his opening two rides to Ashcroft and Rob Fortune. How would make Ashcroft work hard for the victory in the final despite a severe misfiring machine. Championship leader Martin Adams would chalk up 4 wins from 4 rides before dropping 2 places in his fifth ride to Ashcroft and Marcus Crutchington. Crutchington closing in on Adams on the final lap before beating him by half a wheel to the line. Glyn Stanton and Rob Fortune tied for 4th place after the 6-point scoring rides on 32 points each. Stanton would get the better of Fortune in the A final to take 4th overall. Shrewsbury’s Steve mace was unable to match his round 6 performance despite having 3 wins, a 4th place in his 3rd ride would leave him with 6th overall. Crutchington would narrowly miss out on the A final, taking 7th place overall after having to win the B final to take the position, tying with Jack Budd and Mark Furley after the Heats. Furley would take 8th with Budd 9th. Luke McCormick would round out the top 10 in only his 5th Grasstrack, the Motocross rider has learnt quickly and would also be picked for the ProGreen MX rider of the Day.
Round 8 takes place on 14th September at Minsterley MC’s new venue at Shawbury. Signposted of the A53 between Shrewsbury and Shawbury. For more information visit www.facebook.com/formula.grasstrack or www.facebook.com/minsterleymc
1st O. Binns 30, 2nd H. Fletcher 29, 3rd J. Crewe 27
1st S. Hall 36, 2nd J. Breeze 30, 3rd B. Budd 23, 4th G. Casale 16, 5th R. Bow 7
Senior (Top 10)
1st L. Ashcroft 36, 2nd C. How 34, 3rd M. Adams 33, 4th G. Stanton 32, 5th R. Fortune 32, 6th S. Mace 30, 7th M. Crutchington 28, 8th M. Furley 28, 9th J. Budd 28, 10th L. McCormick 27