PDMCC: Griffiths crowned triple champ at penultimate round

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TONY Griffiths chalked up a near-perfect weekend at Three Sisters to win three PDMCC championships with a round to spare.

The Welshman notched up five wins from six to secure the Forgotten Era, Formula 400 and Up To 500cc titles, the FE for the third straight season, defending his F400 crown and winning the 500cc accolade for the first time.

Griffiths powered his ZXR400 to a 0.452sec win over Alex Latham in the first Forgotten Era race before stretching an even bigger gap in the second race to beat Latham by a few seconds, with Clifford Washbrook grabbing both thirds.

But it was a three-way scrap in the Formula 400 races as Richie Harrison joined the fight. Griffiths eventually snatched another tight win over Latham, however, as Latham passed Harrison late in the race and fell just 0.132sec short of the win with Harrison no more than half a second off victory himself.

Griffiths and Latham were rarely separated by more than a few tenths…

Harrison’s weekend was over in race two, however, as he binned the Myerscough College machine at the Pentith Climb while leading, throwing the fight back into the hands of Griffiths and Latham as the defending champ once again nipped the win by 0.232sec while Phillip Whalley took third some six seconds further back.

It looked to be another dominant show as Griffiths led the opening Up To 500cc race, but Dan Catherall levered Neil Cook aside early on before getting the better of Griffiths two laps from the finish to scoop his third win of the season.

But Griffiths was back on top in the final race of the weekend, beating Catherall by nearly four seconds to take win number five of the weekend and notch up his third championship of the season.

“I’m absolutely chuffed to bits,” the triple champ admitted. “I had a PB time of 57.2sec, just over a thousandth off the F400 lap record, and great battles with Alex Latham, Dan Catherall and Richie Harrison.

“I have to give a big shout out to the PDMCC on a long, eventful but fantastic day and all the orange army and medical staff. It was great catching up with all the racing gang and I hope all injured riders make a speedy recovery.”

Griffiths now looks to Darley Moor this weekend where he’s eyeing his fourth title of the year.

*Click here for results from PDMCC Round 5

*Images: Chris Swinton

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