OVER 10 championships were buttoned up this weekend at Aintree Motorcycle Racing Club’s penultimate round of the season this weekend.
While championship leader Chris Roberts controlled the Pre Injection Open class’s first race ahead of Greg Lewis and Andy Lovett, reigning champ Lewis was in front in the points race with a three-second victory over Roberts, while Lovett settled for a lone third.
Lewis was also back out in the Golden Era Superbike ranks, snatching two top finishes ahead of Lovett and Andrew Herd, but Lewis’s title defence was over with Lovett’s 20-point haul as the latter clinched the championship.
Adding yet another piece of silverware to his trophy room, Lovett swept the FE Superbike ranks ahead of Ben Wylie and John Dieterman to defend his title.
Pre Injection 600 leader Ryan Garside took the first race win by less than half a second ahead of James Leatham and his closest title contender Liam Weston, but Weston took a chip out of Garside’s advantage in the standings with a 0.458s win over Leatham, leaving the Myserscough College lecturer to pick up the final rostrum spot.
Garside was back out on his Honda in the Steel Frame 600 category, leading Leatham over the line by less than 0.3s as pole-sitter Weston settled for third.
Tony Griffiths extended his Formula 400 championship lead, beating second-placed Phil Millard by less than a second each time to stretch his advantage.
But after finishing third behind Martin Frost and Griffiths in FE 500GP race one, Millard beat them both in the points race to stretch his lead from one point to 10.
Reigning champ Ste Johnston successfully defended his 650 Minitwin crown, despite ending his perfect run of points. Johnston narrowly beat Richard Hunt to victory in the first race, but it was Sam Eckersley who shot ahead of the pole-sitter in the feature scrap and came out on top of their battle by 0.130s, with Martin Robbins grabbing third.
Adrian Kaife beat Bob Millinship and Steven Howard to top honours in both 125 GP / 500cc Singles races, but Millinship nearly got there in the second race, losing out by a mere 0.009s at the chequered flag as Howard held the points lead.
But after powering ahead of reigning champ Alec Cottam in race two, Howard buttoned up his 350GP campaign as he lifted the championship trophy.
Mike Bampton secured the 500-750 Twin title with a runner-up finish just 0.657s behind race two winner Craig Kelly, who is now too far out of reach to threaten the crown heading to the final round.
But the two are still gunning for the top spot in the 650 Supertwin class, splitting narrow wins ahead of Gavin Browne while it was Bampton this time who took the full points haul.
Defending Unlimited Classic champ Derek Heap held off Stephen Atkin in race one, but fell to fourth in the points scrap as Atkin took victory from Mick Crompton and Barry Davies, meaning the points chase is still open.
John Cronshaw clawed back points on 500 Classic leader Steve Ferguson as the latter was missing from the grid when the BSA rider beat Jaeson Caunce and Loris Hunt to the win and 25 points, now sitting just 11 off the lead.
Ellis Moore beat defending champ Millinship to the top spot in both 350 Singles races as the winner moved ahead of Keith Dixon in the standings. And in the 350 Twin ranks, Julian Tillotson moved to within 10 points of Ferguson at the top of the standings after finishing less than half a second off winner Hunt.
And in 250 Twin town, Suzuki-mounted Ted Cornes had no issues securing yet another championship after finishing over 20s ahead of the only other rider in class, Ken Hankey.
The 125 / 250 Singles crown has now changed hands as reigning champ Dave Thorp lost out to Ossa rider Bruce McGeoghegan, but the 2017 king now sits on level pegging with fellow Ducati man Dave Wilde as they fight for second in the championship.
Lewis Blackstock and Patrick Rosney missed out on overall Sidecar victory aboard their Ireson F2 by just 0.075s as Schofield and Thomas took the outright and F1 win ahead of Manxmen Ryan and Callum Crowe’s HCR bike.
*Images: Colin Port