2021 ACU British Upright Grasstrack Championship Results

Results from Whaddon Farm including the 90th Anniversary Southern Centre Championships

Waterlooville Motorcycle Club hosted the 2021 ACU British Upright Grasstrack Championship this past weekend as well as the prestigious Southern Centre Championship.

The Whaddon Farm venue has been a firm favourite for years in the British grasstrack scene and lived up to its reputation with a fantastic day of racing.

A stacked field of riders set upon the Hampshire circuit looking to collect the first domestic silverware of 2021 and were greeted to a perfectly prepared oval, despite rain in the days leading to the event.

In the 250cc upright class the evergreen Chris Mackett completed a hat-trick of titles having won the last two occasions this title has been raced for.

Luke Harris continued his dominance in the 350cc class with his fourth title win in five years. The Northolt man topped the end of day podium ahead of Chris Malone and Tim Neal.

Tony Atkin produced an unbeaten scorecard on his way to the 500cc upright title, 28 years after his first British title in 1993.

As well as the British honours up for grabs there was also the Southern Centre Championships, running its 90th anniversary event.

Cameron Taylor – in first first full season of adult racing – continued his amazing start to the 2021 season taking the 250cc class victory ahead of former British Champion, Graham Thomas.

John Cox was crowned 350cc winner on-board his Trak Plus Jawa ahead of Neil Taylor and Ricky Sandford.

The showpiece was the 500cc solos and 2x European Champion James Shanes was on scintillating form and completed a four-ride maximum, edging out young guns Jake Mulford and Chad Wirtzfield.

Dave Hammond collected his third Southern Centre accolade in the Pre-75 class with Garry Finlow and Gary Kirtley-Paine completing the podium.

On three wheels pre-event favourites – Mark Courtney & Leon Torres – won the Sidecars Old & New with Terry Saunters & Liam Brown triumphant in the Right-Handed Sidecars.

250cc ACU British Championships Upright Solos – Top 3
1st68. Chris Mackett
2nd6. Phil Ranson
3rd69. Richard Warry
350cc ACU British Championships Upright Solos – Top 3
1st26. Luke Harris
2nd64. Chris Malone
3rd37. Tim Neal
500cc ACU British Championships Upright Solos – Top 3
1st10. Tony Atkin
2nd35. Darren Phillips
3rd25. Jason Prynne
Southern Centre Championships 250cc Solos – Top 3
1st101. Cameron Taylor
2nd314. Graham Thomas
3rd34. Ben Phillips
Southern Centre Championships 350cc Solos – Top 3
1st611. John Cox
2nd173. Neil Taylor
3rd4. Ricky Sandford
Southern Centre Championships 500cc Solos – Top 3
1st93. James Shanes
2nd72. Jake Mulford
3rd69. Chad Wirtzfield
Pre 75 Open Solos – Top 3
1st120. Dave Hammond
2nd8. Garry Finlow
3rd413. Gary Kirtley-Paine
Old & New Sidecars – Top 3
1st72. Mark Courtney & Leon Torres
2nd3. Liam Brown & Frankie Courtney
3rd169. Chris Tyrell & Willow Jeffrey
Right-Handed Sidecars – Top 3
1st24. Terry Saunters & Liam Brown
2nd191. Trevor & Sam Heath
3rd10. Clint Blondel & Jordan Smith

Words & Lead Image: Daniel Blackham