BIKE racing action returned to the North East this past weekend as riders descended on Croft for the annual Battle of Britain scrap.
And with the new 243 club at the helm of solo proceedings, the fight for the fresh set of trophies heated up.
Aran Sadler dominated the 600 races with almost three seconds to spare each time, leaving Daniel Good to second in the opener with Paul Rogers, who had been slapped with a five-second penalty for overtaking under yellow flags, to a lone third.
With Sadler a few seconds up the road once again in race two, red flags waved after three laps and a result was declared with Rogers getting the better of Good for second.
And while Good scooped the runner-up finish in race three, Rogers was back in control of second place in race four as Sadler completed his clean sweep to lift the brand new Marshals Cup.
In the 1000cc ranks, Gary Whitfield beat Andrew Stockdale comfortably to the first race win with almost five seconds to spare as Steve Lewis followed them home for a distant third.
But in race two, Stockdale and Whitfield were in a scrap for the lead in the early laps before Stockdale eked out the win by just over 0.7sec as Whitfield was hit with a five-second jump start penalty, sending him down to third as Mark Goodings picked up second.
It was another tight battle in race three and after trading places for much of the eight-lapper, Stockdale snatched another win by a mere 0.005sec as Whitfield lost out again, leaving Goodings to a lone third.
But Whitfield was back on top in the final race of the weekend as he levered Stockdale aside five laps in and powered to victory by some 2.6sec as Goodings bagged another podium in third.
Stockdale lifted the club’s new Phil Mellor Trophy for his victories.
*Image: Eddy Good