Ledbury MCC British Masters Grasstrack Challenge

Report & Pix: Ben Falconer

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Ledbury MCC's ACU British Masters Challenge attracted a big crowd who witnessed a star of the future see off many established names.

Seventeen-year-old James Shanes scored six wins from six outings at Orlham Farm, Leddington on Sunday, July 20 with an assured display which left many wondering just how far he will go on grass or the shale of the speedway tracks. His backing-in style seems suited to the 500cc machine, on which he is riding his first full season.

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The Dorset rider left seasoned campaigners Mitch Godden and Glen Phillips and fellow young guns Georgie Wood and Hunter Anderson in his wake and he heads a top 16 who will take on the seeded riders at Astra GTC's British Masters on September 21. The track with a big sweeping hill side bend was a favourite with spectators and the solo riders. The outfits took the bottom bend carefully and sadly it was the scene of a couple of crashes which required medical cover – we wish those hurt a speedy recovery.

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The Midlands Air Ambulance was called on, and it staged an impressive fly-by for the Calvin Palmer Air Ambulance Challenge as well. Calvin was very seriously injured in a sidecar crash last year the the charity played a vital part in saving his life. His daughter Hannah is determined to raised £5,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance and part of her fundraising efforts was to cover race distance as passenger on a 1000cc right hand outfit.

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In stepped British Champion Mark Cossar, who practised with Hannah – then during the interval he turned up the wick quite a bit! Hannah looked right at home on the outfit and the whole thing was witnessed by Calvin himself – a very special moment for him, his family, friends, Ledbury MCC and spectators. Congratulations to Ledbury MCC for staging a great event – 47 races in just under six hours for £12 has to be superb value.

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Results

500cc Solo

1st James Shanes 54pts  2nd Mitch Godden 43pts  3rd Georgie Wood 43pts  4th Glen Phillips 39pts  5th Mark Baseby 37pts  6th Daniel Winterton 36pts  7th Hunter Anderson 35pts  8th Danny Warwick 34pts  9th Martyn Sturgeon 27pts  10th Dave Mears 25pts  11th Ben Millichap 25pts  12th Adam Filmer 23pts  13th David Speight 23pts  14th Rob Finlow 21pts  15th Rodney McDonald  16th Jody Hodgson  17th Steven Taylor  18th Rob Snow 

1000cc Sidecars 

1st Gareth Winterburn/Liam Brown 35pts  2nd Robbie Wilson/Bradley Steer 35pts  3rd Paul Johnson/Carl Pugh 35pts  4th Will Offen/Nicky Owen 30pts  5th Tris Winterburn/Henry Purcell 26pts  6th Myles Simmons/Kevin Woodley 24pts  7th Matt Fumerola/Dan Crawford 23pts  8th Clive Stoneman/Rowland Broomfield 22pts  9th John Hiscock/Carl Bell 20pts  10th Paul Whitelam/Gareth Williams 19pts  11th Pete Colvin/Steve Colvin 17pts  12th Joe Mogg/Jake Cutler 16pts  13th Simon Heal/Terry Madley 14pts  14th Peter Lloyd/Daz Whetstone 14pts  15th Will Penfold/Ricky Pay 13pts 

The top 16 Solos and 13 Sidecars qualify for the British Masters Championship. 

500cc Sidecar Support Class 

1st Simon Beard/Antony Goodwin  2nd Shaun Harvey/Danny Hogg  3rd Nick/Abi Radley  4th Dave Carvill/Richard Phillimore  5th Dan Berwick/Mark Hopkins  6th Mark Cossar/Sam Heath