For one weekend each year, the picturesque park in the South Wales Valley’s town of Aberdare turns into a high-speed 0.9 mile road race circuit, much to the thrill of the large crowds of spectators the event attracts.
Making his debut at the circuit last year, Pro Bike Racing’s James Evans was keen to improve on his 5th placed overall finish in the Park Challenge as he returned to Aberdare for the second successive year.
Things started well for the Shropshire man, as he qualified in third on his YZF-R6 for the opening eight lap Park Challenge race.
Aberdare aficionado Dan Cooper started on pole, and quickly pulled a gap over Paul Williams, James and the rest of the field as he went on to take what would be the first of six wins at this year’s meeting. Although unable to catch Cooper, Evans was delighted to finish 3rd in race one, his first ever podium at Aberdare as he finished several seconds clear of Mick Goodings. Another 3rd would follow later that day, again behind Cooper and Williams, followed by another identical result on Sunday.
Due to the high temperatures, the final Park Challenge race was cancelled as the recently laid tarmac began to rip up in the heat, meaning that James secured third place overall in the class this year, along with another trophy to add to the cabinet.
In the Welsh Open there was stiff competition from local hero Jay Bellers-Smith on his KTM Supermono, and newcomer Joey Thompson. James finished 5th in the first heat, before a costly mistake saw him clear several hay bails in heat 2 as he ran wide looking to overtake another rider dropped him back to 6th.
In the mammoth 15 lap Welsh Open finale Evans held on for a highly respectable 5th place ahead of fellow R6 rider Justin Collins, after putting his ContiRaceAttack Comp tyres through another punishing weekend.
Image credit – Steve Snelling.
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