Round 4 of the SWOR Championship was presented with perfect weather today at the Pheonix moto park in Kingsteignton.
With the sun shining brightly racing was soon underway and entertaining the strong base of spectating race fans.
First to leave the start line were Juniors 1 , and it was the turn of No 140 Jack Perkins in this group who proved to be the rider to beat .
Although having mediocre starts and finding himself mid pack in all three races, patience and powerful riding provided Perkins with all three race wins, maximum points and a first overall trophy as a reward for his hard and determined performance.
Johnny Hesnan No 26 was to claim 2nd overall with another fine display achieving 2nd,3rd and 5th place finishes and completing the top 3 was No 73 Andrew Stephens with a 5th,4th and 2nd place.
Junior group 2 were out next and had the return of in form rider No 89 Rob Bassett.
After missing round 3 last week , Bassett found himself with a glut of points to make up to repair his overall championship standing. Bassett wasted no time whatsoever in setting about the job in hand and seemed unbeatable today winning all three races with considerable ease, finishing an average of over 30 seconds ahead of the chasing 2nd and 3rd placed riders.
No 16 Sam Ryder was to secure 2nd overall in this group finishing 2nd,5th and 2nd and finally No 6 Jon Jones rounding off with the 3rd overall result.
With a short break to allow watering of the increasingly dusty track the over 40’s made their way to the start line.
Race one had No 7 Jon Tarr achieve the holeshot, but it wasn’t long before No 16 Paul Ayres and No116 Justin Carpenter powered their way past Tarr and take on a race of their own.
Ayres managed to keep hard chasing Carpenter behind him for race win No 1, and Tarr finishing in 3rd place.
Once again race 2 saw these three riders giving it their all much to the delight of the supporting crowd, but it was Carpenter this time keeping Ayres at bay for the win with Tarr again finishing 3rd.
Carpenter went on to win race 3, but improving on his previous two races it was Tarr coming home in 2nd place with Ayres finishing 3rd.
Tim Moran was to dominate the Inter 14-16 racing with three straight wins and again following on from last week takes maximum points into round 5.
No 109 Ollie Harris took a very respectful 2nd overall with a trio of 2nd place finishes and finally a very delighted No70 Megan Butler finishing 3rd,3rd, and 4th took the 3rd overall slot and 118 points to put her in good stead for round 5.
Following on from their slightly older counterparts were the inter 9-13 group.
No 59 Jordan Veale, much the same as he did last week, took all three wins. However with Veale not listed for this years championship it was Brett Harris taking Maximum points with a 4th, 2nd and 2nd place finishes, and completing the top three was rider No 77 Harry Mathews.
The experts had guest entry No 44 Luke Mellows in their starting line up who was returning to the track after suffering a broken foot earlier this year.
Luke was soon showing he’d lost none of his skill by winning race 1 and again winning in race 3 giving Mellows a comfortable 1st overall.
This said, the day really did belong to championship rider No 10 Wayne Shimmel riding for the Tyremarks racing team.
Shimmel finishing 2nd, 1st and 2nd respectively and securing 2nd overall really is starting to set himself apart from the rest, once again securing maximum points for his 2013 title challenge.
Rider No 19 Craig Callow also upped his game today with some very focused riding and hence achieving the 3rd overall position.
In very dusty conditions, despite the organisers best efforts to water the track as often as possible, the Seniors closed out today’s championship round.
Lee Almond No 30 put in another fine performance with wins in races 1 and 2 and a 2nd place in race 3 taking home the first overall trophy.
Riders No82 Ashley Monks and No 66 Thomas Parker chased Almond hard throughout the day with Monks taking the victory in race 3 to add to a 2nd in race 1 and 4th in race 2 giving him the 2nd overall position with Parker taking 3rd , 3rd and 5th in each securing his position as 3rd overall.
Next Sunday, 2nd June, see’s the Championship move to the Crediton raceway track (postcode EX17 3NH) and as always morning practice starts at approximately 9.30am with the main racing starting at 10.30am.
Report and photograph by Neille Tidridge.