The fifth leg of the National series took us to sunny Oswestry on the
England / Wales border. This was Oswestrys first National and the locals
had obviously put a lot of effort into the event. The track was located in
a show ground with good facilities, plenty of camping space and a nice big
fence to keep us all secure.
The actual track wasn't the Oswestry clubs usual permenant track. Instead
it was located next to the former on a inclined area of mostly flat
grass. The track layout was enormous but this was changed after first
practice, cutting out a large portion at the furthest points from the rostrum.
One large jump provided the excitement and this really was a biggie, which
demanded respect. There really was a benefit to landing on the down slope
as high as possible so you could power down the other side and on to the
Despite a really hot dry day the track held up well. Some small areas of
bare grass showed through by the end of the day on the apex of the corners
and this reduced the lap times.
Ellis Stafford took the first leg of the A final but after that it was
between Lee Martin, Neil Cragg and Paul Bradby. An excellent tussle
between these three ended with Paul Bradby securing his first National victory.