FOLLOWING the massive disappointment of having to abandon the original staging, the Ledbury Motor Cycle Club hosted the re-run of the 2021 ACU British Grasstrack Championship recently, and what a classic it was to be.

Full of thrilling racing and incident, the event culminated with five dramatic finals to thus send the crowd home happy.

With conditions very overcast but thankfully dry, a full 51-race programme was completed and there was to be some very notable results for local riders.

In the 1000cc left-hand sidecars, Alex Balman partnered by Mark Hopkins took the British Championship title.

On his way to success, Balman also won two of his qualifying races.

There was also victory for Malvern-based Darren Phillips in the Upright Support Class for solo machines.

The day did not start to well for Phillips when he failed to finish in his opening race, however from there onwards it just got better and better.

For Neil and Cameron Taylor it was a story of being so close but so far.

Neil took a great third place finish in the 350cc class whilst young Cameron had to settle for fifth in the 250cc class.

For a couple of laps, Cameron was battling for the lead before falling. Remounting and restarting last, he then displayed great character to finish the final race.

With riders attending the event from all parts of the country, the eventual 250cc champion was to be Jake Mulford of Norwich as Paul Cooper of York took the 350cc title win.

The 500cc Sidecar victory went to Mitchel Godden of Kent who was partnered by Paul Smith of Peterborough.

The next event at Sparrington Farm, Pencombe is due to be held on the weekend of October 30 and 31, put it in your diaries now.