BRITISH Historic Racing club riders descended on south Wales last weekend for the first time in two years as the championship returned to Pembrey.
John Chambers dominated the Event 27 races on his VFR750 with four wins by no less than 18sec each time, leaving Stu Poulton, Andrew Burscough, John Nicklin and John Adamson to pick up the rostrum honours. And just behind, it was Robert Bowen who left everyone in his dust as he dominated Event 13 on his K100 BMW.
Over in Event 7, Dave Matravers looked on for his own clean sweep as he powered his Seeley G50 to two wins ahead of class 14 winner Mike Bevan and Jamie O’Brien, but O’Brien halted Matravers’ charge as the latter retired from race three while O’Brien powered clear of Robert Bevan, before doubling up some 3.5sec clear of Royal Enfield man Ian Henshaw.
Steve Gagg and Sylvia Hase were straight back to winning ways at Pembrey as they took their BMW outfit to the opening win just 0.6sec clear of Scott Whitaker and Madison Thow, but Whitaker and Thow got the better of them in race two before only just squeezing 0.08sec clear in race three. Gagg and Hase were back on top by the end of the weekend, however, as they did the double with victory in race four 0.25sec clear of trouble as Kemp/Austin and Edmondson/Prentice split group two spoils.
Mike Powell was the man to beat in the Bantam class as he flew to all four wins to beat Joao Quintaneiro and Andrew Moulden, while Event 12 winners Shelly Pike and Andrew Piggott mixed it up at the front. Meanwhile, the MZ class honours went to Charlie Ollis with four wins himself as Russell Hynam and Philip Smith could only manage second.
Event 26 and 22 brought Chambers and Matravers back out to play as they split the opening wins over Edmondson and Phillip Jonker, but it was Chambers who made it a three-peat with two more outright victories with Edmondson’s TZR250 and Tony Jimenez’ Bimota not far behind at the flag. Chambers also took the Event 50 victory in dominant fashion ahead of Matravers and Bowen
Three-wheelers Nick Bramley and Launa Steel put their Berkeley some 34 and 22sec clear of Tony Banister and Mathew Francis’ Triumph in the first two class 15 and 17 scraps, but the Thunderbird duo took over in races three and four as they nosed Clay and Waring’s Morgan machine over the line by less than a second.
Honda K4 pilot Terence Sansom dominated another one of the Event 14 outings ahead of fellow 350 man Joe Taylor, while Mervyn Stratford’s Rudge was top of the pops for Event 1 as he duked it out with the Bultaco of Event 3 front-runner Austen Kear.
Jamie Stubbs topped the Novice Championship battle with a 23sec win over Mark Fairweather’s MZ, as Jason Kennedy crossed the line third some five seconds further back aboard his GSXR750.
Over in scooter land, the BSSO riders were back out for another round as Justin Price pipped Stephen Wright twice, by 0.65sec and a mere 0.07sec, before Wright won out in the Group 6 battle of race three with Zach Tingle not far behind.
Just a bit further back on the grid, Stephen Hamilton bagged a third overall on his Group 6a winning Gilera Runner as he shared class wins with Piaggio Zip racer Mike Shirley.
But it was a different set of front-runners in the ACU Stock Scooter championship as Group 4e’s Stuart Day edged John Chitoglou to the opener by some 0.17sec, with Hamilton taking the Evo honour ahead of Graham Tatton in third overall.
But Price was back on it for races two and three as he doubled up in the 4e ranks, beating both Day and Chitoglou as Tatton levered Hamilton aside to take two Evo wins of his own. Tom Shaw’s Lambretta 210 was the sole Group 4 finisher and winner.