THE 2018 NG Road Racing season drew to a close at Oulton Park with a few final championships to be decided.
Along with Sean Montgomery’s 600 series win and James McHardy successfully defending his Bandit Challenge title, the action was fierce throughout the day as champions and runners-up were decided in Cheshire.
With the Dymag 250GP ACU National Championship already decided, it was winner Phil Atkinson who regained his usual confident form on the Declan’s TZ250 Yamaha, setting a time 1.2 seconds quicker than the rest in qualifying.
Come the race he made his usual cautious start sitting back in sixth for the first couple of laps to see who did what before coming through to take the lead and eventually his 11th win of the year ahead of Thomas Lawlor and Chris Moore.
Peter Basile claimed the NG Cup title, after heading into race day with a lead over Travis Vince. Vince did all he could but Basile knew that a finish inside the top five would be enough.
Simon Hunt took the win ahead of Vince as Basile settled for fifth and the crown.
Gavin Mills had already secured the 125GP title and sat the round out giving Bryn Owen on his Bryn Taff Racing RS125 his first win of the year ahead of Dean Hobson and Gary Arden.
Arden’s third gave him third place in the season long title chase meaning that the Mills Racing team took the top three spots in the championship, as youngster Jake Hopper had already secured second.
In the 500cc series, JL Exhausts/Silverstar TZ350 runner Chris Moore took a clear win over Nick Brown and newcomer Bradley Richman, but Brown won the year long fight for the class title.
Christopher Sinanan had a great win in the Mini Twins on his CS Racing SV650 heading home reigning champ Paul Wardell by just 0.001secs to gain his first open class win.
But Wardell got revenge in the Super Twins on his Bee Lighting SV with a win over early race leader Michael Bampton and Tim Hawkins. Champion elect William Holland took no risks in the wet to grab a fifth place to take the championship.
In the Sound of Thunder, Dave Mackay took another win on the True Heroes Panigale after fending off an early race challenge from Tom Cook on his KTM RC8. John Dudman had his best race of the year to finish third.
Andy Blomfield was again the man to beat in the Desmo Dues on his BB Racing Ducati but Dan James kept him honest.
It was business as usual in the Desmo B Class with Rodney King racing up his fifteenth win of the year for Team 44.
Tim Bradley is another fifteen time winner with a 100% podium record. He took the red-flag affected F400 final on his A and Z Taylor FZR over Michael Rees and Nick Brown.
James Chapman took a narrow win in the Formula 125’s on his Chapman Racing Aprilia to hold off Calum Beach by just a couple of bike lengths.
Two-time 700cc Pre Injection champion Jon Wright wheeled out his Control and Safety R6 for a one off race after concentrating on the 1300cc class, and took the win over Daniel Nelmes and Michael Bates.
Wright was pleased with the win as he crashed out of the 1300cc Pre-injections on his main mount, an R1 despite a tough year has taken him to second in the title chase behind Owen Hunt.
Hunt had a steady meeting safe that the title was his as Lukasz Gaslawski took a win in the wet conditions that the pre injections suffered.
Richard Hughes took another impressive win in the 1300 Streetstocks on his BMW over season long rival Jason Hill with David Irons finally getting the better of Alex Jones to secure top spot in the 700 Streetstock series.
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