ALTHOUGH the event lost nearly half its races, classic racers of the CRMC still forged ahead with a shortened programme at Anglesey Circuit.
Action was called after just three races on Saturday following a four-stroke engine failure and heavy oil spill on the coastal Welsh track that necessitated a cleanup crew and time to make conditions safe.
But the Junior Production racers took to the track first things Saturday, before the cease fire, where Grant Goodings continued his charge on the nearly 40-strong grid.
He beat James Ford to the line by less than 0.5 seconds in race one before dominating race two and crossing the line 15 seconds clear of Dave Crampton as he and Ford also took a third apiece. Goodings has not stepped off the podium once this year, and has now won nearly 75% of the races this season while finishing second whenever he wasn’t a winner.
Mark Cronshaw dominated the first Post Classic 350cc Grand Prix with an 11-second win over classics heavy-hitter George Hogton-Rusling and Kevin Wholey. But Hogton-Rusling was keen to chip away at series leader Ant Hart’s points gap, and took an easy win in race two to bag 25 points as Wholey nabbed his second rostrum in third.
In the Post Classic Superbike 1 / PC1 500 GP battles, Hart shared top step finishes with Lee Hodge, who has taken maximum points in every race he’s finished this year and not once dropped the class lead.
Out in action with the larger Classic 1300cc Clubman Multis, Hogton-Rusling bagged both wins and extended his series lead over Cormac Conroy.
A 25 second margin gave Mike Bevan the runaway victory in Post Classic 500cc Air Cooled race one from Richard Llewellin and Oliver Bingham. But series leader John Warwick, who entered the round just one point ahead of Llewellin, stormed out front in race two to extend his lead with a win over Bingham and his championship rival.
Back on track for the Post Classic 250cc Air Cooled scraps, Warwick beat Graeme Acott to the line by just over 0.25 seconds to take the first win of the weekend. Keen to make up ground, third-placed Jeremy Longland hit the front in race two and stretched out a seven second win over points runner-up Symon Woodward and David Bond at the chequered flag.
Andreas Jelden drew first blood in the Post Classic Superstock ranks, pulling out the win over Chris White and series leader Derek Cripps. The latter two are still in close running for the championship, however, and they broke away from Jelden early as White pipped Cripps at the line by just 0.4 seconds.
With two races left at Brands Hatch, White has halved the points advantage of Cripps and now needs just nine to sit level in the standings.
Although Chris Wallace took both Classic 250cc European / Four Stroke Twins races comfortably ahead of Charles Murdoch and Martin Nash De Villiers, John Hynes has already secured the title with nearly 200 points to spare.
Andrew Guy dominated the Classic 500cc Goldstar battles, taking the first win from Robert Coley and Barry Mason, then the second ahead of multiple series leader Warwick and Nash De Villiers. Within the same races, Michael Cooper and Steve Elliot shared the Classic 351cc-500cc Clubman spoils.
In the Post Classic 125cc Open, Ant Hart clinched the title with a runner-up finish just 0.5 seconds behind Steve Reape in race one. But championship runner-up Steph Waddelow dominated proceedings in race two, taking victory nearly 19 seconds ahead of Jordan Greenshields and Alan Major.
Robert Bowden took a wet weather win in the Post Classic 125cc Grand Prix Piston Port class on Sunday morning ahead of Ashley Beckett and Gavin Kidwell. And he extended his winning margin over the two in the afternoon’s race after sun and wind had dried the tarmac, taking victory by nearly six seconds.
Post Classic 750cc Clubman spoils went the way of Crampton in race one as he crossed the line ahead of class runner-up Cripps and Joe Barton. But former Thundersport 500 champ Barton destroyed the field in race two, beating series leader Andy Pike to the chequered flag by a monstrous 48 seconds.
Mike Bevan and Gary Porter shared the Classic Formula 750 spoils, the former taking the overall win among a combined 750 Clubman field.
Classic 350cc Twin Cylinder champ Harley Rushton just missed out on the race one win by a half second to Ben Cole, but was back on form in the final race on the CRMC’s programme with an 80-second win over Gary Freeman. Warwick and Paul Biddulph swept the Classic 350cc Goldstars and Classic 350cc Seniors, respectively, with two wins apiece.
Sidecar aces Mike Bellaby and Dave Gristwood bagged both three-wheeled wins, twice beating Tony Thirkell/Trevor Johnson and Phil Luhr/Sharon Reeves to the line as the latter two outfits took a second and a third each.
*Main image: Harley Rushton Racing
*Action images: Steve Snelling