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Report: Kendal Classic Revival and Dirt Bike British Classic Motocross Championship

Report: Kendal Classic Revival and Dirt Bike British Classic Motocross Championship

Lewis Bell - Kendal Classic

Last weekend saw the second running of the Kendal Classic Revival, hosted by Westmorland Motor Club at the Westmorland County Showground.

Unseasonable weather did make the pits and track a bit tricky for the riders and visitors but a mammoth effort by the club to keep the event running resulted in an entertaining day’s racing across the Twinshock and Classic Classes.

The event was also hosting the latest round of the AMCA/Classic Dirt Bike British Classic Motocross Championship for the Pre-74, Pre-68 and Pre-65 riders.

In the opening British championship race, JAP-mounted James Thompson blasted his big four-stroke into an early lead, pushed hard by fellow JAP rider Harry Stitt, and 250 Honda-mounted Pre-74 riders Kris Winder and Andy Hinchliffe.

Things were looking good for Thompson but an error towards the end of the race left him in the ropes handing the lead to Winder, and he stayed there to the end of the race to claim the top spot in the Pre-74 class.

Stitt took the overall in the Pre-65s and Greg Speed blasted his BSA to victory in the Pre-68 class.

In the second British Championship race JAP-powered James Thompson flew out of the gate and carved out a decent lead, leaving his rivals to scrap it out for runner-up.

Winder, Hinchliffe, Liston Bell and Keith Rice swapped places on numerous occasions throughout the six-lap race and after a great battle, Rice emerged in front.

None of these riders could impact on Thompson’s lead, though, as he secured top spot in the Pre-65 class.

In the Pre-68 class Speed took a tumble early in the race and Mitchell Harris went on to take the top spot.

The Revival meeting would not be the revival without a CCM race, and it was the opening race of the weekend with some great racing between the big four-strokes.

Lewis Bell eventually took the victory just ahead of David Wright – son of CCM legend Bob – and Ian Stainton.

There was some great racing in the Classic Classes despite the challenging conditions.

In the Pre-60s Joe Chell took two excellent wins ahead of Luke Jackson, while there was some close fast action in the Pre-68 Over 350s between JAP riders Harry Stitt and John Griffiths and Jawa-mounted Liston Bell.

After the two heats Stitt eventually came out the victor with a class win and a runner-up spot.

Tim Austen took the overall in the Pre-65s just ahead of Mike Walker who took the trophy for Best 250 Pre-65.

A win and a runner-up spot saw Kenny Harper take his CZ to top spot in the Pre-68 up to 350cc class.

There was some more close-fought racing in the Pre-75 Over 250s as James Thompson led the way from Liston Bell and Chris Chell.

Mark Watson powered his CZ to the Pre-75 up to 250cc class glory and Carl Hodgson was top dog in the Pre-78s.

There was also some great racing in the Twinshock classes, where the 125cc and 250cc groups were combined to produce some fabulous racing.

In the 125s Andy Hinchliffe bagged the overall while in the 250cc class Ryan Ireland claimed an unchallenged overall.

Seventh and first places were good enough to hand Twinshock B class victory to Kevin Smith, while in Twinshock A Mark Fulton was on top form to produce the fastest lap of the weekend across all classes and take the overall.

In the final clash of the day in the Classics it was once again JAP-powered James Thompson at the front to claim the top prize money, while in the Twinshocks Mark Fulton was the cash victor.

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