The annual Crewe & South Cheshire MCC championship at Tonfanau has been shortened to just three rounds this year, after the season opener was cancelled due to very bad weather earlier this spring.
Despite the sunshine of recent days, heavy downpours greeted riders as racing got underway at the ex-army circuit over the Bank Holiday weekend, with Pro Bike Racing duo John Price and James Evans both in action on ContiRaceAttack Rain tyres.
Riding his championship winning ZXR400, John was keen to defend his Supersport 400 title, and get his hands on the 251 – 500cc Forgotten Era title when he lost in the final round of 2017 after an uncharacteristic mistake.
The weather did little to deter riders from taking part, and the road’s circuit grid was packed as John’s first race got underway. The defending champion diced with 250cc GP title contender Paul Tye for the overall win, but pulled a clear gap over Supersport 400 rival’s Martin Robbins and Ian Riley, to take a clear class win.
John’s other five races followed a similar pattern, and he would come away with six class wins from six races to make it a 100% start to the delay 2018 season.
Teammate James Evans was hoping to defend his All Comers 450 – 1100cc title on the R6, but old rival Chris Mort had other plans as he recorded a clean sweep of victories. Evans started off with a 4th place in Race 1, then hit the podium with 3rd in Race Two. Sadly he slid out of contention in the final competition, recording a DNF which will no doubt make it a challenge to retain the title this year.
The next meeting at Tonfanau takes place on 1st July, and hopefully the weather will be much improved, but with it’s coastal location on the edge of Snowdonia, it is anything but predictable.
Images courtesy of Steve Snelling.
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