Rednal 20th & 21st June 2015
Race report by Jaki Bradley – Pictures by Sports Events Live
Cornish & Winstanley Reign at Rednal
Rednal Karting a few miles outside Oswestry in Shropshire was the perfect back- drop for Round 4 of the ACU British Supermoto Championship. A tight twisty tarmac section with over 40% of the circuit comprising of a mixture of jumps and fast dirt section makes it one of the favourite destinations on the British Supermoto scene. Set in the tranquil Shropshire countryside its easy accessibility from most of the West Midlands and the North West also helped generate a healthy crowd. They weren’t disappointed as the action was typically fast and furious and especially colourful with the meeting being designated “Pink Day” in support of Ride Like a Girl the breast cancer awareness charity, riders got into the spirit by racing in pink.
Saturday started with a constant fine drizzle, which made tyre choice tricky with most competitors going with a wet front and slick rear. Matt Winstanley was the master of the difficult conditions and set pole in qualifying by a massive 1.2 seconds over Scot Murray however only half a second separated the top 7 which promised some close racing. Multi British Champion Chris Hodgson was an unhappy observer of proceedings sitting out this meeting with a broken hand he suffered winning the Australian championship last weekend.
The sun started to appear right on schedule so the first race took place in perfect conditions and the lap times dropped by over 3 seconds, Winstanley took the holeshot but Lewis Cornish was on it and slipped past on lap 3 He managed to hold off Winstanley for 5 morelaps before a slight mistake on the dirt saw him take a fall. He quickly re mounted his TM but all chance of a victory looked to have faded as the Wigan rider had a commanding lead. Lewis pushed hard though and fought his way back to second but was surprised and delighted to see Winstanley sat at the side of the track with an expired bike, a 20p piece of wire had broken causing the failure. Jay Smith came is second ahead of a resurgent Richard Blakeman and Richard Sharp took 4th
Race 2 had Winstanley starting from the back of the grid and the other riders looking to exploit his bad luck, Londoner Jay Smith, fresh from his GP experience in Poland took the holeshot, Cornish got caught up in a melee and went down again and the flamboyant popular Londoner pushed hard at the front. Winstanley set about working his way through the field but there didn’t seem a way past Smith as the pair duked it out over the closing laps but then disaster for Smith after leading for 13 hard laps he stalled his KTM in the dirt on almost the last corner letting Winstanley through for the victory. Blakeman rode well for 3rd ahead of a recovering Cornish in 4th .
Race 3 was a titanic scrap between Winstanley and Cornish, the young Norfolk rider showed no sign of jet lag after racing in Malaysia and Australia in the proceeding 2 weeks He pushed Winstanley hard but the Wigan warrior held the lead from start to finish, heading Cornish by 3/10’s of a second after 15 minutes pulsating racing. Cornish had the consolation of setting the fastest lap of the day 4 seconds faster than qualifying pole. Jay Smith grabbed third ahead of Scott Murray and Richard Blakeman
When all the points were added up it was a great overall win for Cornish, his first of the season, only 1 point ahead of Jay Smith with Winstanley taking the third step of the Rostrum
As the feeder cup to the Elite class the Michelin Cup goes from strength to strength. Pole setter Charlie Light got the overall with a brace of wins from newcomer Steve Parkin. Veteran Mark Stephens notched up a good third overall from Darren Lee the first of the increasingly popular two stroke class.
NPS Novice Cup
Yorkshireman George Jarvis continued his dominance of the Novice cup with a perfect three win haul from fellow countyman Owen Bygrave, Cumbrian Kier McKenna was third ahead of Blaine Pearson showing how much fun could be had for little money on his 2-stroke Husky 250.
Sunday saw heavy cloud but thankfully dry conditions for the second day of action
Qualifying was the Matt Winstanley show with Lewis Cornish and Chris Hodgson absent it was left to Jay Smith and Scott Murray to try and match his speed but he set a blistering pace to head the group by 1.4 seconds. The ex GP Moto-X experience really stands out when the off road is tough. The next riders where only separated by 2 seconds in total.
Race 1 was a routine start to finish victory for Winstanley, Jay Smith pushed him hard for the first few laps before clashing with Murray and both riders went down in the dirt section. Consistent Richard Sharp took his opportunity and the likable Barnsley rider was a popular second ahead of Smith and Blakeman after the 14 laps.
Race 2 was again a relatively straightforward win for Winstanley, although Smith kept him honest to the flag. The interest was in the battles further behind with Blakeman holding off Murray to take 3rd. Richard Sharp took a solid 5th in front of Jordan Bannon in 6th.
Race 3 and Winstanley achieved the incredible feet of leading all 14 laps again, so for 42 laps spread over 45 minutes no one had been in front of Matt and his Honda, a real feat considering the strength in depth of the British scene at the moment. Jay Smith pushed hard all race for 2nd, Scott Murray found some luck at last for a very fine 3rd but the crowds eyes was on the battle for 4th between the two Richards, Sharp & Blakeman. 1 point separated them going into the final lap and a clash in the dirt saw both go down with two corners to go. It was the Lancastrian Blakeman that reacted the quickest to get re-mounted and finish 4th
The podium saw Winstanley on top step from Jay Smith and Richard Blakeman.
40 riders entered the Open National class and Wiltshire youngster Charlie Light was victorious from two veterans Andy Mitchell and Michael Craig with 2-stroke fanatic Darren Lee coming home in 4th ahead of Mark Stephens. A problem with his regular bikes clutch saw Mitchell take to the grid in Race 2 on his daughters 150cc KTM and the burly Yorkshireman rode the wheels off it to come in 4th , proving that cheaper bikes can be competitive if you have the talent to ride them. Hard.
A big entry of Pit Bikes saw James Lovell come out on top in a hard fought battle with Will Moore, Danny Boj was third on his 85 2-stroke and the young tyro Storm Stacey was an entertaining 4th
Results Day One
450 Elite 1st Lewis Cornish (TM) 95pts – 2nd Jay Smith (KTM) 94pts – 3rd Matt Winstanley (Honda) 89pts – 4th Richard Blakeman (KTM) 86pts – 5th Richard Sharp (KTM) 79pts – 6th Dale O’Connor (KTM) 72pts – 7th Tom Barrington (Honda) 71pts – 8th Jamie Duncan (KTM) 69pts – 9th Ben Handley (TM) 63pts -10th Jordan Bannon (KTM) 60pts.
Michelin Cup 1st Charlie Light (KTM) 92pts – 2nd Steve Parkin (Husqvarna) 91pts – 3rd Mark Stephens (Honda) 88pts – 4th Darren Lee (KTM) 84pts – 5th David Blanks (KTM) 83pts
Novice Cup 1st George Jarvis (KTM) 105pts – 2nd Owen Bygrave (TM) 94pts – 3rd Kier McKenna (KTM) 86pts
Results Day Two
Open Elite 1st Matt Winstanley (Honda) 105pts – 2nd Jay Smith (KTM) 94pts – 3rd Richard Blakeman (KTM) 86pts – 4th Richard Sharp (KTM) 84pts – 5th Scott Murray (TM) 81pts – 6th Dale O’Connor (KTM) 75pts – 7th Jamie Duncan (KTM) 72pts – 8th Jordan Bannon (KTM) 72pts – 9th John Earnshaw (Honda) 62pts -10th Tim Johnson (Husqvarna) 61pts.
Open National A 1st Charlie Light (KTM) 102pts – 2nd Andy Mitchell (KTM) 95pts – 3rd Michael Craig (KTM) 90pts – 4th Darren Lee (KTM) 88pts – 5th Mark Stephens (Honda) 76pts
Clubman Cup 1st Ally Grant (Kawasaki) 72pts – 2nd Marcus Gale (Honda) 60pts -3rd Tom Elam (KTM) 57pts – 4th George Jarvis (KTM) 57pts – 5th Andrew Goodsell (KTM) 47pts
Pit Bikes 1st James Lovell (CRF) 105pts – 2nd Will Moore (CRF) 96pts – 3rd Danny Boj (CRF) 88pts – 4th Storm Stacey (CRF) 83pts – 5th Sam Hodgson (Open) 80pts