ANDREAS Racing Association champions were crowned this weekend just before the weather at Jurby put an early end to proceedings.
The club managed to complete over half its regularly-scheduled programme, but the rain and wind on the Isle of Man proved too much for club chiefs to risk pressing on.
One of the few classes to squeeze in more than one race, the 1300 Solo championship was still on the line at the start of action Sunday, and last year’s champ Ryan Cringle was determined not to let his title defence slip.
But it was this year’s Manx Grand Prix Junior and Senior winner Michael Evans who escaped early in race one with the lead. Cringle found a way through just after half distance, and the two front-runners began trading places at every opportunity.
Eventually, Cringle made another pass stick and held on to the chequered flag as Evans took second 1.2sec back, with Jason Corcoran bagging third.
The two protagonists were at it again in race two, but Cringle took the early lead this time before being usurped by Evans on lap two.
And Evans looked to be in control of the race, but was relegated to second by the pace of Cringle’s BMW, which put the latter on the top step once again and assured he kept the 1300 Solo title for another year.
Evans was back out in action in the 600 Solo race, where he only just held off early leader Jamie Cringle to take the win by 0.2 seconds as National Superstock 600 regular Ozzy Madey was crowned champ in fourth.
Dean Osborne did as he had all year and dominated the Steel Frame scrap to completed a perfect season, winning his ninth race on the trot ahead of Chris Bulley and Lewis Parkinson.
Classic 1300 leader Andy Cowie secured his championship alongside the steelies as the only Classic runner in the category.
Supertwin ace Dave Quine destroyed the 650 Solo field with almost a minute to spare in his winning margin over Richard Bregazzi when he crossed the line. Victory was enough to propel Quine into the points lead and secure the championship.
Quine took another win in the Single, Twins and Triples scrap from Tracy Authers and Brian Appleton, but Matt Mylchreest had already wrapped up the title at the round prior.
Although not in action in the class this weekend, Bregazzi had already done enough to secure the Post Classic championship as Peter Creer took the final PC win of the year from Trevor Drinkwater.
Sidecar star Dan Sayle came out for a play in the 400 Club ranks aboard his Moto 3 and, like Quine, dominated the race as David Cain and Jed Scott completed the rostrum over a lap down. But Cain already had the title in the bag, and merely needed a points finish to raise the trophy.
FSRA F2 Cup champions Mike Jackson and Callum Crowe dominated the 1300 Sidecar race with a seven second win over Karl Bennet/Sarah Stokoe and TT veterans Dave Molyneux/Patrick Farrance, but Darren Hope and Paul Bumfrey secured the driver’s and passenger’s championships, respectively, with a fourth place finish.
The ARA is back in less than a fortnight for the now-traditional four hour endurance race, set to take place 8 October.
*Main and action images: Chris Kirkham
*Top side image: Kevin Cringle