Nora Round 5 & ACU British Round 2 Holmes takes advantage as Rogers falters
A mouth watering British Entry joined Nora Round 5 to give a bumper entry of 156 riders in the blazing sunshine at the hugely popular ‘last EVER visit’ to the Pontrilas track in Herefordshire, for another Quad racing spectacle in all 6 classes .wildcards in the form of Day brothers ,Luke Cooper and Belgian, Davino Bruneel where likely to split the day up a bit and add a bit of sparkle !!
With such strength in depth in the British Championship in 2018, there were potentially 10+ riders at the start of the day who could take a race win. Leon Rogers was the Championship leader from round 1, with a 5 point gap over Paul Holmes ,
Qualifying and it was Scotland's Murray Graham setting the fastest lap with an impressive time of 2 mins 12.4 secs, 1.2 secs quicker than wild card George Day in 2nd.
On to the race 1, and it was the two teenagers off the mark the quickest, with a customary Dafydd Davies holeshot and Graham hot on his heels into the first corner. Graham passed Davies early in to lap 1 and they both pulled away from a battle brewing between Paul Holmes and Mark McLernon in 3rd and 4th.
9 laps in Davies made a move on Murray that proved crucial, to give him his first senior British Championship race win. Murray faded late on, which opened the door for Mclernon and Holmes to grab 2nd and 3rd.Walker was just 0.1s behind at the line for 5th
Race 2 and a Graham hole shot and a stunning ride saw him set to join Davies with his first British Championship race win as he surged to a 6 second lead over Davies in 2nd. But then disaster with 3 laps to go as one of his grips loosened and he got thrown in to the side fencing and out of the race!
Davies was then overcome by both McLernon and Holmes with 2 laps to go and then the crowd were treated to a ferocious high speed battle to the flag by the two Titans that saw McLernon just pip it by 0.7 secs at the chequered flag!
On to the final race of the day and Holmes needed to win the race and McLernon and Davies to finish out of the top 3 if he was to take the overall on the day. And that's exactly what happened.
Wildcard George Day got the hole shot and was joined by his younger brother Tom Day in a top 4 battle with Holmes and McLernon.
Holmes got to the front and kept a comfortable gap over George Day, who in turn kept a gap over Tom, to give a final race 1,2,3.
So, Holmes the overall on the day (3,2,1) and with Leon Rogers faltering (8,9,26), Holmes now leads the Championship over McLernon in 2nd and Rogers in 3rd.
1st Holmes 132,2nd Mclernon 125, 3rd Rogers 95,4th Walker 91, 5thD. Davies71
Under 21,s sees Walker with a 10 point lead demoting Graham to 3rd with Davies after this weekend now holding the runner up spot
On to the Masters Classes and the two maximum men, Ed Davies (A's) and Geoff Otway (B's) continued with their 100% winning starts to the season with three straight wins each. Both looked in control of their classes, although Davies was pushed hard by Jonathan McKnight until the half way stage in all 3 races!
Otway equally dominant, but he did let a hole shot get away as Matthew Kirk pipped him to one in race 2!
The 3 newcomers to the 250cc class continued to outperform the pre-season favourites, with Jack Young taking the overall on the day with two wins and a second place. Robbie Wood was next best in 2nd overall (2,1,3) and he also had a full house of hole shots. There was just over a second separating Young and Wood at the chequered flag in both of the first two races.
Luke Berlyn grabbed 3rd with a consistent ride (4,5,2).
Jago Jackson, looks to be storming to the title in the 100cc open class, as he made it twelve wins out of 12. All of his winning margin exceeded half a minute!
Jordan Wright took the 100cc Auto class and Brodie North the 50 cc class.
The Clubman / Elite class was again full with 37 entries and it was Zak Orchard who with better starts than previous rounds, cruised to the overall on the day with three strong race wins. His main Championship contender, Ayrton Knowles is far from giving up the chase though with a 2-3-3 to take 2nd overall.
Samuel Jeffrey had a good ride for 3rd overall (5,2,2).
This group could well go to the wire at the end of the season!
The final Nora maximum man, Harry Koller of the Novice class, was not at this event and the opportunity was grasped by Ryan Hickman to take all 3 race wins and his first overall for the season.
Hickman had comfortable wins in all 3 races, each time over William Dunlop in 2nd. His smallest winning margin being 9.8 secs in race 1.
British: 1st Paul Holmes (3,2,1), 2nd Mark McLernon (2,1,4), 3rd Dafydd Davies (1,3,7).
British U21's: 1st Dafydd Davies (1,1,3), 2nd Tom Day (2,4,1), 3rd Davino Bruneel (5,5,2).
Masters "A": 1st Ed Davies (1,1,1), 2nd Jonathan McKnight (2,2,2), 3rd Chris Keitch (3,5,3)
Masters "B": 1st Geoff Otway (1,1,1), 2nd David Marriott (2,2,2), 3rd Clive Cooper (4,4,4)
Novice: 1st Ryan Hickman (1,1,1), 2nd William Dunlop (2,2,2), 3rd Richard Paynter (3,4,6).
Clubman / Elite overall: 1st Zak Orchard (1,1,1), 2nd Ayrton Knowles (2,3,3), 3rd Samuel Jeffrey (5,2,2).
250cc overall: 1st Jack Young (1,2,1), 2nd Robbie Wood (2,1,3) 3rd Luke Berlyn (4,5,2).
100cc overall: Jago Jackson (1,1,1), 2nd Alfie North (3,6,2), 3rd Rory Wood (2,2,11).
Four weeks, and its the challenge of Foxhills!Swindon Sunday 1st July, 2018.
This will combine with ACU British championship Quads and Sidecars
unfortunately no Novices or 100ccclass riders at this one this time!!!