Scramble season gets underway

No 10 Iwan Rees from Crymych: On his KTM 350cc
No 10 Iwan Rees from Crymych: On his KTM 350cc

SUNDAY (Apr 17) saw the 1st round of the Welsh Championship Classic Scramble Series take place at Crugmore Farm, Penparc, Cardigan.

The last minute change of venue had been handled well by the club and although small, the track was set out in similar lines to last August’s visit to the venue.

A good entry, of around 110 including Evo’s, a few modern bikes and the Sidecars meant there was a good line up for every race.

An early decision was made to split the Pre78 and Twin shock race, meaning there were a total of 8 races per block and a total of 24 races during a packed afternoon.

The venue has a great paddock and views out over Cardigan, good so you can see the weather coming (when it’s not already raining) and whilst track conditions were slippery for practice and the first block of racing, it dried out nicely with some excellent racing lines.

In the Pre60/Pre65/Metisse class, it was business as usual with Pete Hollinshead and Andy Carter battling it out for Pre60 honours, though the main dual on the day was between Pete and Steve James who were back on his Triumph Metisse and revelling in the conditions. Terry Challinor, as President of Teifiside Club rode strongly for two 3rds and a 5th. Andy Carter started slowly, with a 7th but managed a 2nd in the last race.

In the Pre78’s Alan Woods knee injury on his first outing of the season meant that the battles between him James Edge didn’t take place. James was ahead of other riders comfortably in the first two races but his 125 Suzuki failed to start on the line for race 3, so David Weaver took the race win after two seconds.

In the Pre68 up to 350cc and Pre74 up to 250cc, there was very much a different feel with the ever-dominant Mitchell Harris not at the meeting.

Kris Winder who had provided an insight on the shape of things to come at Llanthony back last September blitzed the field on the Honda Elsinore and is clearly the man to beat in the class this season.

For the pre68 Unlimited, Andrew Davies made a strong start to the season on the 380 CZ and as he’s done in previous season has managed to ride consistently.

The Pre74 over 250 Class battle between Jonathan Randall and John Cash was resumed with similar results to 2015, with John beating Jonathan in the last race.

Graham Trump missed the first race (by going out i n the up to 250cc class by mistake) so Robin Thomas and Ian Fenwick managed to pick up points, with Robin edging it by 1 or 2 places in each race.

The race meeting was put on by the Teifiside Motor Club who yet again pulled off a classic event with plenty of close racing in all the classes.

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