CRMC: Round 2 Snetterton round-up

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CLASSIC racers battled the elements this weekend at Snetterton as the CRMC faced difficult weather and even trickier track conditions.

It was a battle of the South Africans in the Post Classic 350cc Grand Prix scraps as Hudson Kennaugh and Phil Atkinson shared the wins in some of the tightest finishes of the weekend.

Kennaugh missed out on a 350GP clean sweep as fellow countryman Atkinson swooped in for a win...
Kennaugh missed out on a 350GP clean sweep as fellow countryman Atkinson swooped in for a win…

Atkinson missed out twice by less than 0.011s in races one and four, but got the better of former National Superstock champ Kennaugh in race two on Saturday.

Alex Sinclair, Ant Hart, George Hogton-Rusling and Mark Cronshaw shared the podium honours. Further down the order in the same races, Danny Imberg bagged three Post Classic 750cc Clubman wins to Joe Barton’s one.

Minnovation-mounted Lee Hodge beat Hart across the line in the first three Post Classic Superbike 1 & PC1 500 GP battles, but it was Post Classic Superstock ace John Warwick who took the final win of the weekend, less than a second ahead of Danny Imberg.

But that wasn’t all for Warwick – he was back out in the Post Classic 250cc Air Cooled category where he scooped up all four wins, two ahead of Jeremy Longland and two from Graeme Acott.

Lady racer Waddelow was back on form after a tough 2017 season...
Lady racer Waddelow was back on form after a tough 2017 season…

Aiden Greenshields beat Jordon Greenshields and Oliver Cooper to the chequered flag in the first Post Classic 125 Open race, but Cooper hit back as he powered to the win over 28 seconds clear of Steph Waddelow and James Blackmore in Saturday’s second race.

Lady racer Waddelow held off both Greenshields to take victory in Sunday’s first race, but Jordon Greenshields made it four different winners in four races with the final victory.

Stuart Cox did the 125 Piston Port double with two wins across the weekend, but Jerry Lodge and Mike McDonnell managed to pick up one each to break up the party.

It was a roll of the dice in the Classic 500cc Grand Prix as a handful of racers diced for victory, with Hodge taking the first less than 0.1s clear of Atkinson. But after a third in race one, Mark Cronshaw was keen to better his standing and he powered ahead of Alan Oversby in race two to take a comfortable win.

It was a Junior Production clean sweep for Crampton...
It was a Junior Production clean sweep for Crampton…

Oversby was then back at the front on Sunday with a win over Richard Molnar and Chris Camps, but Camps took the final spoils as he beat Hodge and Barton to the flag.

The ever-popular FZ-dominated Junior Production ranks were controlled by Dave Crampton, who was one of just a few clean sweepers at Snetterton. He took four wins on the trot as Alan Cooper, Ashley Beckett, Derek Cripps and James Ford all took podium finishes.

Classic Formula 750 rider Hogton-Rusling bagged the opening win from Graham Higlett, but Robert Wittey took overall victory in race two on his Post Classic Superbike 2 & PC2 500GP Kawasaki GPZ while Higlett took the 750 win.

Wittey then powered to the race three and four victories by eight and 20 seconds, holding off runners-up Hogton-Rusling and the Post Classic 500cc Air Cooled Ducati of Richard Llewellin.

Defending 350cc European champ Molnar leading the pack...
Defending 350cc European champ Molnar leading the pack…

A hat-trick of Classic 200cc Four Strokes wins went to Peter Henwood, with one to Geoff Brown, while Classic 250cc European & Four stroke twins honours were shared between John Hynes, Simon Morris and Charles Murdoch.

Hodge and Molnar split the Classic 350cc European spoils with one each on both Saturday and Sunday, but they were chased all the way by Barton and four-time Classic 350cc Twin Cylinder clean sweep man Oversby. Simon Morris nabbed three 350cc Seniors (Over-55s) wins to Anthony Tuttle’s one.

Powerhouse duo Kevin Hunt and Alan Cracknell put their Period 3 Patterson Imp 1200 outfit on the top step in all four Sidecar races, while Ian Ashley/Roy Cunningham, Tony Thirkell/Trevor Johnson, Doug/Andy Street and Phil Luhr/Sharon Reeves all picked up second place finishes.

In the ACU Post Classic battle, Kennaugh destroyed the pack with a 22.624s win over Hart and Kevin Wholey, as Oversby did the same in the ACU Classic 500 race, beating Hodge and Barton to the line by nearly 20 and 40 seconds.

*Click here for full results from Classic Racing MC Round 2 at Snetterton

*Images: Paul Soulby

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