Wirral 100: Shand sweeps Powerbikes as Owens dominates Senior Open

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SCOTT Shand made a clean sweep of the Carl Roberts/Emjess Racing Powerbikes class, but was halted from a six-win run by former Wirral 100 champ Josh Owens.

The title contender followed up his two runner-up finishes in March behind Jamie Coward with four wins on the trot in the club’s big bike ranks this weekend, which put him into the championship lead after deposing Graham Hornby.

But reigning British GP2 champ Owens got the better of him in the Senior Open scraps as the Liverpool rider looks to get extra track time ahead of this weekend’s BSB round at Knockhill.

Before an injury slowed his weekend down, Paul Jordan and Joey Taylor took the runner-up Powerbike spots on Saturday, whilst Ireland’s James Chawke, after three bronze replicas at the TT, got into the act with two second places on Sunday.

Sonny Martin, who could only ride on the Saturday, took two fourth places whilst the best of the rest on Sunday was Jonathan Perry, another rider returning to action with the club.

Owens took the Senior Open spoils on his British GP2-spec Kalex...
Owens took the Senior Open spoils on his British GP2-spec Kalex…

Running alongside the Powerbikes in the club’s Pre-2009/Pre-Electronics Powerbikes category, Chris Ganderton, the 2016 and 2017 champ, returned after an absence of 18 months and came second on his R1 to ZXR 750-mounted Adrian Kershaw in race one, but continued his charge to win the remaining three races.

Points leader Jon Wright had technical issues for most of the weekend, but still managed four thirds and a solid weekend of damage limitation to his championship advantage.

In the Senior Open races, the club;s 2013 GP125 champ was out aboard his Honda-engined Kalex GP2 bike and won both races by over 15sec from Scotsman Shand on Saturday before beating local boy Joey Taylor on Sunday. Chris Eden was the best of the Formula 600 riders in both races.

Owens also gave a high-speed demonstration at the front of the four Paul Bland Motorsport Formula 600 races but as his Kalex was ineligible for the championship, the remaining 600cc riders could concentrate on themselves and duke it out for points.

Roads specialist Jordan payed his first visit to the circuit to test ahead of next month’s Southern 100 as he bagged the first F600 win, but his weekend was cut short by a fall and a suspected broken thumb.

Jordan’s fall left the way clear for former champion Adrian Kershaw to sweep Sunday, but Eden, not far behind in both races, consolidated his championship lead. The best of the rest were Mike Norbury, another returning roads man, young Irish rider Eoin Collins, and regular W100 supporter Alex Dyla.

*Click here for results from Wirral 100 Round 3

*Images: Neil Lambert

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