The Halstead &DMCC hosted round four of the Maxxis sponsored British Sidecar Championships on Sunday which also included a round of the NGR over 30's Championship, and two groups of allcomers races.
A decent sized crowd saw series leaders, Brett Wilkinson/Daniel Chamberlain easily winning all three sidecar races to extend their lead in the series. With fifteen times British champion, Stuart Brown out with a wrist injury, it was left to his son, Jake, partnered by Zac Snell, to uphold family honours by finishing second in race one. Irishman Gary Moulds, partnered by birthday boy, Steve Kirwin had won the Ulster Championships on Saturday, then made the long trip to Essex to claim third place in the first race.
Wilinson raced clear in the second race, with Moulds holding off Brown, with Michael Hodges/ Charlie Ide finishing in fourth place, making up for their first race retirement. There was no stopping Wilkinson/Chamberlain in race three, lapping all but the first six outfits.. Brown/Snell took second overall by holding off Moulds/Kirwin in a closely fought battle throughout the twenty five minute long race with Hodges/Ibe fourth again from Irishman Neil Campbell.
Aaron Hopkins took the win in the first moto of the NGR championships. 2017 champion, Liam Walker made him work hard for the win though. Jake Morphey was third after a closely fought battle with Mark Goodson. Walker led race two from the start, and although Hopkins pushed him hard, had to settle for second place. Former champion, Morphey, again took third place. In the third NGR race, Walker got the holeshot on his twostroke KTM with Hopkins in fifth place. However, after three laps, Hopkins had moved to second position, but could not catch the on form Walker, who took his second win and overall victory on the day. Paul Hubbard had his best ride on the day to finish third, followed by the consistent Morphey and Goodson.
The A allcomers group saw Norwich Vikings star, Luke Parker, taking all three wins. Essex youngster, Connor Hughes, battled with Parker in race one, chasing the leader hard throughout. Brad Tomlin was a clear third from Adam Day and Ben Cole, who had to fight through the pack after a sluggish start. Race two again saw Hughes challenging hard, but Parker controlled the race at the front to take his second win. Tomlin was again third, chased by Cole and fast youngster, Reece Martin.
Parker completed his hat trick in the last race of the day, storming into the lead and leading every lap. Hughes was runner up again from Cole, who had got the better of Tomlin on the fourth lap. Adam Day had a good scrap with Martin to claim fifth.
Overall victory in the allcomers B group went to Kawasaki rider, Tyrone Tugwell. Race one saw the win going to Troy Wharton with Aaron Green just holding off the challenge from Tugwell.
Wharton was then promoted to the A group, leaving Tugwell the winner in race two from Green and Michael Kester. In the third moto, Tugwell made sure of overall victory by winning comfortably, leaving local rider Steve Cadd and Leiston's James Gadd to closely dispute second place.
Photos by Sophie Brinkley (click an image to enlarge)