HEAVY rain threatened the action as British Historic Racing and the BSSO descended on Cadwell Park for the final time this season.
And while racing was eventually curtailed with weather playing havoc, it didn’t stop BHR riders from scrapping hard for their final points of the championship chase.
Aaron Staniforth destroyed the field in the opening Event 26 scrap on his steelie, crossing the line some 25sec clear of his closest class challenger Lee Brocklebank aboard the FZR, but it was Event 13 winner Stacey Killworth powering the BMW K100 home first in class to split the two front-runners in second overall.
In races two and three, it was Nigel Palmer with the overall win and Event 13 spoils while Brocklebank headed the Event 26 order as Tyler Scothern, James Moralee, Mike Kemp and Gordon Clark took a second in class apiece.
Event 7 runners controlled the next combined races with Palmer back on top aboard his Ducati Widecase, beating Seeley man David Tetley by at least a few seconds each time with Jason Markham and Ian Steltner splitting thirds. Suzuki GSX400-mounted Andrew Widdowson dominated the Event 14 class while Velocette boys Keith Riley and Tony Green split Event 31 spoils.
Palmer was back in control in Event 12, only just pipping Tetley to the top spot in race one before cruising home ahead of Scott Hawkins in race two while Jim Porter bagged third. Further back, BSA Bantam man Tom Snow doubled up in Event 11 while Mervyn Stratford took Event 2 honours on the Rudge as Doug Sherborne and Charlie Ollis split MZ wins.
In another combined scrap, Moralee beat Event 5 winners Hawkins and Tetley to top honours to win his own class while Jamie O’Brien and Andy Hunt took an Event 3 win apiece.
Steve Gagg and Sylvia Hase drew first blood in BEARS class one with a comfortable win over Scott Whitaker and Simon Wilkins, but it was the usual suspects Sean Hegarty and James Neave who shot back to the front in races two and three with Gagg and Hase forced to settle for second. Just behind in the class two ranks, however, outgoing champs Shaun McCain and Jack Hawkins scored a clean sweep as McCain looks set to move to Pre-Injection F2 power next season.
It was a tight race at the top of the Supermono ranks as Widdowson edged 690-mounted Dan Ledger to the opening win by just over two seconds, but Ledger got the better of James Luck by a similar margin in race two to take victory. Steltner was back in action to split Event 10 honours with Mike Kemp while Mike Bevan and Kevin Thurston shared Event 8 spoils as David Hebb scored an Event 14 victory.
Kemp was also the man to beat in the Event 50 scrap, pulling out a 35sec gap over Garry Hirons as he cruised to the flag ahead of his fellow Norton rider.
In another three-wheeled scrap, Hamish Bibby and Mia Simons-Weston powered to victory almost eight seconds clear of fellow Morgan squad the Tuers with Ormrod and Neal just a handful of seconds behind to take third. But it was Reynolds and Ash in the Morgan Championship race who came out on top with Pike and Rarko just a few seconds back to bag second with the Hodgsons in a lone third.
Jack Smith dominated Event 21 on his KTM RC390 with Ralph Coldwell pipping Mark Fairweather for second over a minute behind, while Robert Duesbury took the Event 24 win in fifth overall.
In the penultimate round of BSSO action, it was scooter ace Darren Conneely with three wins on the trot across the Super and Stock ranks, beating fellow Lambretta man Jason Metivier twice to the Stock spoils while lady racer Nikita McNally scored second overall and the class 6a win in the Super category with Tom Shaw just over two seconds adrift.
Evo class honours went to Stewart McKenzie ahead of Justin Price, while Drew Duncan scored the opening 4e win over James Lancaster before Stuart Day held off Pete Molkenthin to take victory in the final.
*Images: Lee Hollick