CLASSICS man Richard Molnar has ensured the battle for the ACU UK Classic 500 championship goes down to the wire after taking victory at Mallory Park.
The series, which runs as part of the CRMC, has been a year-long fight between three men – Molnar, Lee Hodge and Joe Barton.
While Hodge qualified on pole, it was Mark Cronshaw who hit the lead early on before the three title contenders got ahead and began to stretch away from the pack.
Minnovation team-mates Barton and Hodge traded places at the front for the opening nine laps, but it was Manx rider Molnar who sneaked through on lap 10 and held on to take victory by just 0.388sec with the trio covered by less than half a second.
“The 500cc has been an up-and-down struggle,” admitted Molnar. “On Saturday I got unlucky with back markers in both races and took fourth and third after leading both races for most of the laps.
“I made the wrong call on setup on Sunday morning but went back to Saturday’s set up and managed to win the ACU500 after a real scrappy battle.
“Thanks, as always, to my old man for his work on the bike all weekend and to all the guys at MPL. I think all championships are up for grabs going into the final round, so it should be good fun.”
While Molnar scooped the ACU-series win, he went without victory in the main CRMC Classic 500 races as he had to watch the other two title protagonists, Hodge and Barton, split the spoils while Molnar, Cronshaw and Dean Stimpson chalked up thirds.
But it’s Barton and Hodge doing the chasing in the 350cc European championship with Molnar in control as he holds a 13-point gap courtesy of his hat-trick, leaving one win to Hodge.