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Awards set to honour best riders

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 17, 2012

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PORT Talbot Motor Cycle Racing Club round off another successful year of two-wheeled competition with their annual awards get-together this weekend.

Riders from across Wales and further afield pick up various silverware for prowess in the different classes PTMCRC provides to encourage entries and talent from virtually every age group and size and type of motorcycle.

The Senior Welsh Champion title and the top Racing class win went to Jonathan Wassall, the Llanbedr man riding an Aprilia 550.

The Junior Welsh title was taken by Gareth Arnold, on a more diminutive MiniMoto 50cc machine, the Corris youngster showing promise for the future.

With an emphasis on 'going green' that has impacted on all racing, PTMCRC also entered into the ecological spirit with a class for electric motorcycles, the win going to Bethan Lilly, the Crickhowell rider who whispered to her first win in the Junior Club Championship stakes.

This year's Senior Club Champion went to Paul Tilley. The Dartmouth rider is a frequent visitor on his Honda CR250, benefiting from the legendary Honda road-holding capability which is so useful on the twists and turns on the PTMCRC courses this year at both Margam Park and the Epynt Military Ranges.

Marty Robbins took the Kickstart Motorcycles Russell Evans Memorial Trophy for the fastest ride on the August Epynt event — his KTM 600 flying to the chequered flag — with Brad Moule taking the junior honours on his Cullompton 125 Suzuki.

In the sidecar class there was no-one to beat Rob Williams and Mo Rapley aboard the self-built outfit from Carmarthen, the 'Classic' pre-1983 sidecar duel resolved by a win for Kevin and Sarah Dwell aboard their Windle machine.

Brummie John Brush made a clean sweep of the Production Racing class as his powerful and rapid Kawasaki ZXR 750 thundered to that title.

Showing the spirit of a dedicated racer was Cardiff rider Andy John, proving that it was quite possible to race effectively on a machine that he rode to and from every event, his Yamaha TRX behaving sedately on the public roads, but showing its teeth on the competition tracks of 2012.

The difficult economic times saw a downturn in numbers on the PTMCRC events over the whole year, though the club was pleased to continue successful riding and new competitors, a combination that should bode well for the new year of competition on two and three wheels.

Llanelli and District Motor Club are running a Production Car Autotest at the BARC Pembrey Race Circuit tomorrow.

The entry fee is a modest £20, with the local club also donating £5 from every entry to the Children In Need charity.

The competition gets under way from 11am, providing a relatively simple way to get involved in motorsport with a standard car, though the tests are often quite complex and routes entertaining.

A maximum of 25 cars will be accepted for the event. This is the latest in a year-long schedule of Autotests in the club championship.

ROGER GALE

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