CHRIS Mort may have made a clean sweep of the 401-1100cc class this weekend, but James Evans came out on top of the points to take the Tonfanau title.
The Shrewsbury native face a battle to even be ready for the Crewe and South Cheshire Club’s last meeting of the year after a high-side at Anglesey a fortnight earlier left him badly bruised and his bike even worse for wear.
Despite making it to the grid with a 17-point advantage, a battered Evans struggled with a less-than-ideal start in race one that prevented him from finishing higher than fourth, as Mort, Grant Gaskell and Josh Williams locking out the podium.
The points leader then had an off-road excursion in race two after an incident on the final lap, but he recovered to finish fifth and secure the title as Mort won once again from Gaskell and Williams, the latter two separated by just 0.4 seconds at the line.
In what was essentially a victory lap for the champion, Evans looked to be on for another fourth place before the battling Gaskell and Williams crashed out on the penultimate lap, allowing him to complete the season with a runner-up finish behind hat-trick winner Mort.
Not quite able to defend his 401-1100cc title from last year, Mort finished out the season 15 points shy of the crown with Gaskell relegated to third in the standings after his spill.
And to put some icing on his championship cake, Evans’ machine rebuild paid dividends after he was awarded Best Prepared Bike by a panel of judges.
*Image: Steve Snelling