RICHARD Molnar has claimed the CRMC’s 500 GP and 350 European championships with a round still to go in the season after debuting a new chassis at Anglesey.
The Preston-based young gun arrived at the coastal Welsh circuit following a debut in the National Superstock 600 class at the British Superbike Championship’s visit to Cadwell last month, and needed just a few solid finishes to clinch both titles this weekend.
But he had to wait until Sunday as the action on track was halted after just a few races on Saturday following a major oil spill on track. And it wasn’t just the pressure of only two races in each category – Molnar and team had come equipped with a brand new CNC-bent and jig-welded frame in hopes of proving it out.
In the 500cc GP race Sunday morning, Lee Hodge shot out to the early lead ahead of Molnar and Will Loder, who tucked in behind. But former Thundersport 500 champion Joe Barton usurped the chasing duo on the penultimate lap to take second and push Molnar back to third as Hodge bagged a seven-second win.
With the title already in hand, Molnar crashed when his engine locked up just before half distance in race two while fighting for the lead with Hodge and Michael Cooper. The latter two eventually finished second and third as Barton took the win nearly five seconds ahead.
Molnar continued his run of form in race one of the 350cc European scraps as he led the first three of five laps. But Mark Cronshaw nabbed the lead on the penultimate lap and took the win from Molnar and Loder.
Eager to go out on top, Molnar tucked in early behind 350cc Twins class powerhouse Harley Rushton. And although he only managed second overall behind the Twins machine of Rushton, he beat Cronshaw to the line by some 21 seconds to take the class win and secure the championship.
“It’s amazing to have both of the club championships wrapped up before the end of the year,” he said. “It just shows that the effort we’ve put in to bike prep and training has paid off.”
“To win such a competitive championship with a round to go shows just how hard we tried, and I can’t thank the whole team who work on the bikes at and away from the track enough – everyone’s done an amazing job. All my supporters and sponsors, this year and in the past I’m so so grateful!”
“I’m so pleased with how our new chassis has worked. It was always going to be an unknown, as no one has ever made a featherbed chassis precisely to the original drawing… but it’s worked amazingly, and shows the work my old man did on getting that sorted was worth it!”
“Results speak volumes and this is the best result we could have hoped for.”
*Images: Richard Molnar