John Mitchell Wins After Painful Nine Weeks
6th July 2009
Scottish Quad Racing Championship 2009
Round Six Leuchars
John Mitchell took the overall win this weekend as he made a surprise return after nine weeks out with a shoulder injury. Racing in round six of the Quad Racing Scotland SACU Championship, John was competing against some of the British Championship contenders at the Leuchars track.
It was the first time this fantastic track was being used to race quads and it had been prepared to a very high standard. John was riding his ATV World Yamaha YFZ450R Fuel Injection to a standard setup. Feeling a little apprehensive, John rode steady in race one and started from the back. Working his way round the track, John still didn’t feel 100% fully fit and was very pleased with his fourth place finish.
In race two, John decided again to start from the back and began to find some race pace, working his way through, John said that he felt lucky as he crossed the line in first place. In the final race of the day, John had the confidence to push hard from the start. Unfortunately his shoulder became so painful he had to stop, stretch it and re-join the race. John still managed an incredible second place finish and first place overall.
Clearly delighted with his performance John explained that he found the days racing hard going and very sore but had given him the confidence on the bike to push harder for the next round of the British Championship in two weeks time. John also wishes to thank Paul Gowland for helping prepare his quad for this round.
Tyler Battles For the Big Points
Norfolks ATV World Youth rider Tyler Soar made the trip to the ACU Southern area championships round 6 this weekend which showed him back on form with an 11 second lead win in race one with a best lap time only 3 seconds of his 450cc championship class counter parts.
His winning ways were cut short in race 2 when a failing spark plug hampered his progress, but his dogged determination paid off to bring home a second. With a new spark plug installed it was out for race 3, where a poor start, which is something that Tyler has suffered with all season left him having to battle through the slower race runners and after 2 laps get up to the race leader and apply the pressure.
At this point it turned in to one of the most electrifying races of all the classes all day with position changes in the final laps by both riders. The race was unfortunately shortened due to accidents in previous races so when Tyler and his rival George Callaway came over the final jump on to the finish line together you can imagine the tension in the crowd and the cheers. unfortunately there was point 1 of a second separating George and Tyler so Tyler had to settle for another second place.
Changes to Tylers bikes gearing will be carried out this week in preparation for a long trip to the Scottish borders this coming weekend where he will compete in round 5 of the ACU North East championship, where hopefully poor starts will be made a thing of the past.