Round one of the GR7 championship kicked off last weekend at the world famous Desertmartin. Fantastic weather coupled with the perfectly prepped track made for some exciting racing.
The Auto’s overall was tied with both Hayden Gibson and Ethan Gawley collecting 57 points. As the championship moves on its very much all to play for as Nathan Austin trails behind in third position with 55 points and Kyle Graham in fourth on 52. In the 65 class Lewis Spratt took the maximum 60 points with Ben McConville in second with 57 points. In the 85 small wheel and big wheel class the racing was close all weekend with some fantastic racing between Reece Ross, Jay Sherry and Mathew Beattie. It was great to see some of the young lads who have moved up from the 65 class last year get stuck in and show their potential.
Neil McCrum won the overall in the grade B class and David Donoghy claimed the honours in the grade c qualifiers. The Grade A race provided some of the best racing witnessed in quite some time. In race one the first three riders could have been put under a blanket for the first 4 laps. Scott Hamilton ended up winning the race, with William Barr in second. Lindsay Newell suffered a freak accident on the last lap of the first race when running in second position and required medical attention which sadly called an end to his day.
The day finished with Scott Hamilton taking the overall win from William Barr and veteran Stephen Kelly. As all championships are still very much wide open for the taking we look forward to round number two of the GR7 championship.
Words by Paddy McMullan
Pics by Ian Cairns