With only four rounds of racing per year, mistakes can cost you dearly at Tonfanau which sits by the sea on the beautiful West Wales coast.
Although he was odds on favourite for the Supersport 400 title, an uncharacteristic mistake last time out in the Forgotten Era 251 – 500cc class had left John Price with some work to do in the season finale over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Meanwhile his Pro Bike Racing teammate and fellow Salopian James Evans was aiming to take the 450cc – 1100cc Open title after an impressive podium run which started back in April.
Wrapping up the Supersport 400 title proved to be a breeze for John, who took another three dominant wins back to back on the #68 Kawasaki ZXR-400 to add another trophy to his ever growing collection. With a perfect record of 11 wins from 11 races, he has looked pretty much unbeatable all season long.
For James there was disappointment in the opening race as his impressive podium run came to an end when he had to settle for 4th in the opener, almost four seconds adrift of Josh William’s CBR 600 in third.
Nerves were clearly starting to set in for the champion in waiting, as Adrian Williams also slipped by to relegate him to fifth as James went onto the grass in the second contest of the day as Chris Mort made it two wins from two.
Thankfully for James and the Pro Bike Racing supporters, he upped his game in the final race of the season to secure second place behind the ever impressive Chris Mort, as Grant Gaskell and Josh Williams both failed to finish. The result ensured that at least two titles would be going back to Shropshire that weekend.
After his off in July, John was left needing three wins from three races in the 551 – 500cc Forgotten Era class to get his hands on the class trophy. All went to plan initially, with two strong performances bringing home maximum performances heading into the last race of the season. Things were tense amongst the crowd of spectators around the track as John battled with Paul Millard and Wayne Gaskin knowing that only a win would suffice. Unfortunately with around one lap to go, John found himself out of the race and his dreams of securing two titles in tatters.
However, with a title a piece at the end of the day both achieved on ContiRaceAttack Comp tyres, John and James both have got something to look forward to come presentation day later this year.
Congratulations to Pro Bike Racing on an end to a fantastic season with Crewe and South Cheshire MCC.
Image credits to Steve Snelling.
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