RICHARD Molnar and John Warwick starred in the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club season opener this weekend as they took the biggest win tallies of Round One.
The pair both bagged five wins apiece, smashing records and making near-perfect starts to their 2018 campaigns as multi-class reigning champions.
Molnar opened his account as reigning 350cc European king with a slim victory over Lee Hodge, whom he passed on the penultimate lap of race one and beat over the line by just 0.030s as Alan Oversby took third.
Oversby led almost the entire second race, but again Molnar waited patiently to make his move and stuck a pass on Oversby two laps from the finish to take another win, with Harley Rushton completing the podium.
Rushton then had his turn at the front after passing Oversby early in race three, but once more Molnar pounced on the penultimate lap to complete his hat-trick in a repeat podium of race two.
In the Classic 500 duels, Mike Cooper led nearly every lap of race one and stretched a five-second gap at the chequered flag, with Hodge in second and Molnar in third after recovering from eighth with clutch issues.
But Molnar recouped and stamped his authority on the class with a lights-to-flag win in race two over 11 seconds clear of Oversby and Mark Cronshaw, before nicking victory from Cooper in race three as Cronshaw bagged another rostrum finish.
Reigning 250 Air Cooled champion Warwick made a flawless start to his title defence with three wins from three in the class, beating Jeremy Longland and Symon Woodward comfortably over the line in race one.
Longland took the early lead in race two, but retired after just three laps and left Warwick to the win ahead of Woodward and Graeme Acott. The hole shot went to Woodward in the final race, but he couldn’t hold off Warwick’s charge for a hat-trick and had to settle for second ahead of Chris Bartlett.
In the FZ-filled Junior Production category, Warwick stole the win from Alan Cooper in the first race, crossing the line just 0.168s ahead, but Cooper took advantage of an absent Warwick in race two and stormed to victory ahead of Dave Crampton.
But Warwick was back for race three, passing Cooper on the penultimate lap and pulling out a 1.396s gap at the flag while Ashley Beckett completed his treble of thirds in the class.
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