CONGRATULATIONS JOSH GOODWIN/LIAM BROWN

SUPER SERIES CHAMPIONS 2017

©Mick Jenness

JOSH GOODWIN and Liam  Brown duly sealed their first 500 Sidecar Super Series title in the event finale at Writtle on Sunday. That, though, does not even begin to tell the story of a fabulous day's racing.
     The British Champions went into the final day of the five-round series with a commanding eight­point lead over nearest rivals Mitch Godden and Paul Smith, but if the championship was as good as sealed, you would never have known it as the class served up high-speed racing of unbelievable quality.
     The opening heat saw inaugural Super Series winners Shaun Harvey and Danny Hogg, who began the day third overall, get the better of a duel with Simon Beard and Anthony Goodwin, the latter driver showing what a loss he'd been to the series this year having sat out several earlier rounds due to the lack of a passenger.
     Heat 2 saw Goodwin and Godden come face-to-face for the first time, Godden knowing he had to win to keep his slim hopes of retaining the title alive. The Kent man was first away with Goodwin in strong pursuit. It was close throughout the four laps, but Godden hung on, meaning both he and Harvey had inched closer to the series leaders.
     The second leg of heats began with more of the same as Harvey chalked up a second win to maintain what pressure he could on the leading two who would meet again in Heat 4.
     Their second meeting was even tighter than the first, the two protagonists racing shoulder-to-shoulder throughout the race, but again Godden triumphed to cut the gap at the top to six points.
     Heat 5 saw Scott Dunn/Ciara Southgate make his best start of the afternoon, but both Beard and Dan Berwick/Mark Hopkins chased down the early frontrunner, Berwick going on to take maximum points.
     Then it was time for Goodwin and Godden chapter three, with Harvey thrown in for good measure. While the former two crews stormed away from the tapes once more, Harvey made a sluggish start and while he battled up to fourth, his championship hopes had gone.
     At the front, Godden led for the third time in the afternoon until early on the last lap when Goodwin came through on the inside. Godden tried to respond once more, but the younger man slammed the door to take the win, which all but clinched the title.
     The first heat of the final leg of qualifiers witnessed another fine start by Dunn, who led from Goodwin and Harvey. It was Harvey who fought his way to the front and with Goodwin also catching Dunn for second before the line, his overall victory was confirmed.
     Godden put this disappointment behind him to win the final heat ahead of Beard and Aaron and Stephen Vale, so advancing straight to the day's A Final along with Goodwin, Harvey and Beard.
     Vale went to the B final where he chased home Berwick, those two therefore completing the line­up for the day's final. The B race was also notable for being the last ever championship ride for the popular Viking Stinus Lund, who has announced his retirement from the sport. He would receive a special gift from series organiser Harvey at the after-racing presentations to mark his many years of racing.
     The destiny of the crown may have been decided, but Godden still had to rubber-stamp runners­up spot overall, while there was prize money and kudos for winning the last race of the series.
     As expected, Godden and Goodwin fought it out once more, Godden again getting the drop on his rival off the start. Another high­speed epic unfolded before, on the last corner, the soon-to-be­crowned champion Goodwin feigned to go outside, then squeezed through the narrowest of gaps on the inner to win the dash to the line by the narrowest possible margin.
     Behind these crews, there was an epic struggle over third, Berwick leading it for a while before dropping back to finish sixth. Beard took up the mantle, hounded by Vale with Harvey, recovering from another bad start, in their wheel tracks. Vale made his move on the last corner, getting up the inside of Beard to make the podium
     There would be one other 500 sidecar race of note as six crews, especially chosen, contested the Lester Goodwin Memorial Trophy. With Goodwin, Godden and Harvey sitting this one out, the Vales took the honour ahead of Lund/Dennis Smit and Natasha Bartlett/Louis Bennett.

 

     With the 500 chairs rightly taking centre-stage, it was the 500 solos, featuring three of the sport's finest - James Shanes, Ed Kennett and late entry Richard Hall - who provided the best of the rest of the entertainment. Not for the first time this season, it was European and Masters champion Shanes who overcame his two big rivals to race unbeaten in heats and final. Hall headed him once in the heats, but the Dorset man caught and passed his rival exiting the
first corner. Former World Bronze medallist Hall repeated the feat in the final, this time leading for almost a lap before Shanes screamed up the inside to get to the front once more.
Kennett also got past Hall on lap two, but Shanes was long gone. In the excitement, the race entered a fifth lap where Hall fell on the last corner, but he was given third overall once the error was noted and the race called after the scheduled four laps.
     The trio were great to watch throughout in some high-speed, aggressive racing and a shout out too to Stephen Green who finished sixth in the final riding an Upright to great effect against the lay­downs.
     There were four great heats of 250 action, featuring Charlie Brooks and class stalwarts David Knowles and Tim Greig. As usual, Greig was the fastest from the tapes, but his two rivals overhauled him each time before engaging in some classic scraps. Brooks got the better of things on each occasion, but Knowles was close enough every time to ensure some thrilling action.
     The other solo class saw Dave Mears dominate the Uprights ahead of Tom Meakins, with Nigel Coates and Tim Mount supplying the bulk of the entertainment with their battles for third.

 

Unfortunately, the big chairs were reduced to just four crews by three late withdrawals and in the four heats of action Mark Cossar and Carl Blyth were a class apart from the rest.
Twice, Rob Wilson and Terry Saunters got out in front from the tapes, but on both occasions the Masters champions hunted them down inside a lap. In a footnote to this class, John Stafford called an end to 40 years in the sport after being forced to retire with machine trouble in the first leg.

 

RESULTS
500 Sidecar
Lester Goodwin Memorial Trophy: 1 A. & S.Vale, 2 S.Lund & D.Smit, 3 N.Bartlett.

 

500 solos: 1 J.Shanes, 2 E.Kennett, 3 R.Hall, 4 A.Whitaker, 5 D.Mears, 6 S.Green.

 

250s: 1 C.Brooks, 2 D.Knowles, 3 T.Greig, 4 0.Stanford, 5 C.White.

 

Uprights: 1 D.Mears, 2 T.Meakins, 3 N.Coates, 4 T.Mount, 5 D.Humphries, 6 R.Wynn.

 

1,000cc Sidecars: 1 M.Cossar & C.Blyth, 2 A.Wilson & T.Saunters, 3 L.Jones & A.Stirling, 4 J.Stafford & D.Page.

WEEKEND INFO

ENTRY PRICES

IMPORTANT NOTICE: MOTORCYCLE NEWS HAS KINDLY PLACED OUR EVENT IN THIS WEEKS EDITION AS ONE OF THEIR TOP TEN PLACES TO GO THIS WEEKEND - UNFORTUNATELY  IN ERROR THEY STATED THAT ENTRY TO THE MEETING ON SUNDAY WAS FREE TO SPECTATE AT. THIS IS NOT THE CASE AND THE CLUB WAS NEVER ASKED TO GIVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT BY THE PUBLICATION.

SATURDAY

£5 ADULTS - U16'S FREE - PROGRAMME £2

 

 

SUNDAY

£10 ADULTS - U16'S FREE - PROGRAMME £2

TICKETS FROM MAY'S ABANDONED MEETING. If you have signed tickets from the abandoned meeting in May then you can use them on Sunday or Saturday not both. You will be pleased to know that the NEW Medics have been booked and we have received confirmation and will be calling them on Friday to make sure they remember. The New Medics have been most understanding and the booking has been very professionally handled.

SATURDAY

BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL

 

SATURDAY TIMETABLE
9.30    Signing on/ Scrutineering
11.00    Practice
12.30    Riders Briefing
12.45    Riders Parade
13.00    Racing

After the last race

Presentation of prizes (Riders please wear racesuits)

 

 

SATURDAY RIDERS

Auto Cadets
9     Dylan Amies
16    Rico Joyce
21    Harry Cutler
30    Charlotte Arthur
63    Cooper Rushen
91    Ollie Binns
152    Ashton Vale
668    George Colvin

 

Juniors
3     Daniel Clark
5     Max Perry
6     Max Derrick
22    Kenzie Cossey
27    Vinny Smith
48    Zak Batey
50    Freddie Fox-Baron
60    Aidan Arthur
77    Kelsie Buck
89    Archie Cale
101    Cameron Taylor
108    Kleio Sales

 

Cadets
43    Logan Ketteringham
55    Thomas Vining
74    Alfie Attoe
99    Chloe White
135    Kiya Sales
152    Ashton Vale
249    Mitchell Bowman

 

Intermediates
7    Samuel Norris
17    Michael Sutton
61    Christopher Mackie
72    Jake Mulford
87    Mickie Simpson
110    Danny Curl

 

GT140
2    Matthew Brown
16    Adam Shipp
25    Richard Wingfield
37    Phil Martin
41     Jed Rolph
72    Shaun Harvey    
81     Lester Denham
88    Murrie Collins
91    Derrick Hard
116    George Fenner
198    Sydney Blackmore
911    Carl Hard

SUNDAY

500CC SIDECAR SUPER SERIES FINAL

 

SUNDAY TIMETABLE
9.30    Signing on/ Scrutineering
11.00    Practice
12.30    Riders Briefing
12.45    Riders Parade
13.00    Roy Bell Bahnrekord
13.15    Racing

After the last race Presentation of prizes

(Riders please wear racesuits)

 

SUNDAY RIDERS

500cc Sidecars

1  Mitchell Godden/Paul Smith

3 Josh Goodwin/Liam Brown

4 Simon Beard/Ant Goodwin

6 Stinus Lund/Dennis Smit

7 Barrie Bennett/Eifion Hughes

11 Chris Neame/JoshRussell

15 Scott Dunn/Ciara Southgate

65 Natasha Bartlett/

68 Dan Berwick/Mark Hopkins

72 Shaun Harvey/Danny Hogg

73 James Hogg/Scott Goodwin

153 Aaron Vale/Stephen Vale

 

1000cc Sidecars

3    Lee Jones/Ryan Wharton
16    Simon Heal/Rowland Broomfield
24    Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters
29    Tom Cossar/Wayne Rickards        

37    Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth
81    John Stafford/Del Page
158    Paul Standing/Ryan Barker

 

250cc Solo
10    Tim Greig
16    Charlie Brooks
64    David Knowles
69    Christopher White
143    Louis Skelding

 

500cc Upright Solo
7    Nigel Coates
10    Tom Meakins
17    Tim Mount
19    David Mears
45    Dean Humphreys
57    Barry Joyce
143    Michael Skelding
155    Robert Wynn


500cc Solo
4    Tyrone Domain
6    Edward Kennett
15    Daniel Broughton
16    Guy Pacey
18    Matt Saul
19    David Mears
47    Will Thurlby
66    Steven Green
71    Andrew Whitaker
92    Charley Powell
93    James Shanes
114    Thomas Rowlett
134    Richard Hall

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDING OUR OWN GRASSTRACK GRUB CATERING UNIT

ALSO IN ATTENDANCE WILL BE A BURGER VAN, DOUGHNUTS, SWEETS AND DRINKS ALSO AVAILABLE

 

 

SPEEDWAY GP IN THE BEER TENT SATURDAY NIGHT WILL JASON DOYLE SECURE THE CHAMPIONSHIP?

IN ANSWER TO THE MANY QUESTIONS, YES SPEEDWAY WILL BE AVAILABLE LIVE IN THE BEER TENT ON SATURDAY NIGHT

 

 

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