SCOOTER racers descended on Cadwell Park en masse last weekend as the BSSO opened its 2020 account with the Chiselspeed Tuning Eastern Cup.
Joining the four-wheeled Time Attack championship in Lincolnshire, it was all action as the scooters diced for the few points of the year.
It was a Conneely clan domination in Stock-class qualifying as Steve pipped brother Darren to pole position by just 0.062sec while Justin Price completed the front row, albeit more than two seconds adrift on his class 4E Lambretta.
Steve led Darren from the off as the two edged away from the pack and by lap three, Darren had found a way through into the lead. But the 2017 champ’s advantage was short-lived as he dropped out on the final lap, leaving room for Steve to cruise to victory by more than 18sec ahead of David Bristow. Vespa-mounted Ioannis Chitoglou took the Open win just behind, while Graham Tatton led the Production group in fifth overall.
It was more of the same in race two and with Darren out, Steve had it all his own way at the front as he sped off to a 22sec win. Meanwhile in the battle for second overall and the Open win, Chitoglou pipped Stephen Hamilton again to double up by 0.7sec with Tatton bagging the Production win and Drew Duncan taking his second 4E victory.
It looked to be a hat-trick for Steve Conneely as wet weather set in for race three on Sunday, but a DNF booted him out of contention and left Group 10 man Chris Cook to splash to the overall win over class 4 winner Justin Price while Group 4 man Bristow rounded out the rostrum ahead of Chitoglou.
In the Super Scooter ranks, it was Group 6a’s Tom Shaw who topped Saturday’s qualifying ahead of Darren and from the word go in race one, the Gilera Runner man was gone with a second in hand after just a lap. But with Darren out of action, Steve gave chase and although it looked like he could be in the fight, Shaw pulled out a four-second lead on the penultimate lap before crossing the line with 10sec in hand over Steve and Chitoglou.
While Darren led race two in commanding fashion early on, he dropped out of contention on the second lap and left Shaw to a dominant lead for his second win of the day with Wright and Chitoglou a few seconds further back.
As drizzle set in for race three, Shaw was still unstoppable at the front and bagged his third win with ease, as Wright took the runner-up spot once again some nine seconds back while Chitoglou scooped third almost a full minute off victory. And as the rain continued in race four it was a clean sweep for Shaw with almost four seconds to work with, but behind it was Price who got the better of Jason Metivier half way through and sped off to a comfortable second place.
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