Mark Watson was impressive,...
Mark Watson was impressive, winning in both races
With only the British Quadcross Championship taking place, Holmes Racing’s Paul Holmes went fastest in practice with five seconds separating the top ten riders. Mark Watson and John Mitchell made second and third. From the start gates, it’s a short straight into the first corner and as race one got underway with the roar of a full line up of quads, it was Stefan Murphy who bravely took the holeshot before John Mitchell took the lead into the second corner. A couple of quads got tangled up in the ensuing melee.
Hot on Mitchell’s wheels were Holmes and Watson. They began to pull away from the rest of the group. On lap three Mitchell lost the lead. “I ran slightly wide, leaving a gap on the inside where Holmes passed me” explained Mitchell. As Holmes had gone on the inside, Watson had taken Mitchell on the outside having already passed Macbeth, Winrow and Murphy from a sixth place start. Within seconds he caught Holmes and out jumped him to take the lead.
Stefan Murphy takes the holeshot...
Stefan Murphy takes the holeshot in race one
From there the positions remained until the chequered flag, with Watson taking the fastest lap. The first three riders finished with a big gap ahead of fourth placed Jason Macbeth who had a good ride, keeping two seconds ahead of the battling Stefan Murphy and Paul Winrow. Winrow was riding for the last time in the British Championship and was displaying the fighting spirit that has made him an 11 time British Champion. The current number one was just unable to dominate the on-form Murphy and took sixth.
In race two it was yet another frantic dive into the first corner with Mark Watson going wide and Stefan Murphy again taking a fantastic line, the two looked very close for the holeshot but Murphy again edged it. Watson made it into first place from the second corner and immediately took command of the race, with Holmes and Macbeth behind him. Current championship leader John Mitchell was forced to stop in the middle of the track on lap one as his kill switch had come out, leaving him to restart the race from 16th place.
Paul Holmes held his second...
Paul Holmes held his second place finish from John Mitchell
Watson was riding superbly and again took the fastest lap as he finished in first place, ahead of Holmes. “Once I was leading, I got my head down, I just kept going and opened up a good gap. Two wins and some good points – I’m happy with that” he commented after the race.
Holmes was also happy with his two second place finishes as he explained; “I felt nauseous all day, every time I pushed it didn’t feel good so I just settled into a pace and didn’t expect to get anything higher than top five.”
Stefan Murphy takes the holeshot...
Stefan Murphy takes the holeshot in race two
Much of the action in race two centred on Macbeth and Winrow as they fought for position in an enthralling encounter. “I had Winrow behind me for the whole race. It was a constant battle to keep him behind. I really enjoyed it, today has been a lot of fun” explained Macbeth. Winrow kept up the pressure right to the finish line but was unable to pass Macbeth who had another good ride, taking third in the race and overall on the day.
Paul Winrow commented after his final race in the British Championship:
“Langrish is a very demanding track, hard on your arms so I was happy qualifying seventh. Finished sixth, had a good race with Stef, couldn’t pass him. Then it was my last race - finishing fourth in a really strong race with Macbeth. I’m still in one piece after all the racing that I’ve done and really I’ve enjoyed it. Good luck to Watson, Holmes and Mitchell. It’s been an enjoyable season, ups and downs, some crashes, which is rare for me and I’ll be at the final two rounds to watch, but not racing.”
Macbeth battles with Winr...
Macbeth battles with Winrow
In fifth and sixth were two under 21 championship contenders with KTM’s James Hellewell finishing just ahead of SMR-Nora MX’s Stefan Murphy. That positioning tied the pair on points with Hellewell taking the overall win with a higher placed position in race two. Luke Cooper took third as the leaderboard remains tight for the 2011 title.
The final two rounds will take place across a two day event at Milton Park near Northampton on the 1st and 2nd of October. All classes will be racing in what is sure to be a superb weekend of quad racing action. For more details please visit www.acuquadracing.co.uk
British Championship: 1 Mark Watson (KTM) 25 + 25 =50, Paul Holmes (Yamaha) 22 + 22 =44, 3 Jason Macbeth (Honda) 18 + 20 =38, 4 John Mitchell (Yamaha) 20 + 14 =34, 5 Paul Winrow (Honda) 15 + 18 =33, 6 Stefan Murphy (Honda) 16 + 15 =31
British U21 Championship: 1 James Hellewell (KTM) 22 + 25 =47, 2 Stefan Murphy (Honda) 25 + 22 =47, 3 Luke Cooper (KTM) 20 + 18 =38, 4 George Callaway (Yamaha) 16 + 20 =36, 5 David Cowan (Yamaha) 15 + 16 =31, 6 Conner Smith (KTM) 18 + 0 = 18
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Paul Winrow riding in his...
Paul Winrow riding in his last British Championship race
Hellewell and Murphy after...
Hellewell and Murphy after race two