Banks-Browne the star at Wattisfield

A BIG crowd saw 10 closely fought races on Wednesday evening at Wattisfield Hall.Organisers were the Diss club and the circuit was in prime condition for the two-and-a-half-hour programme, which saw three groups each having three races, with the top 40 competing in a main final.

A BIG crowd saw 10 closely fought races on Wednesday evening at Wattisfield Hall.

Organisers were the Diss club and the circuit was in prime condition for the two-and-a-half-hour programme, which saw three groups each having three races, with the top 40 competing in a main final.

Teenager Elliott Banks-Browne was in great form, winning all of his MX2 group races. Chris Bastick chased hard in all three Motos to take second place overall, with Ashley Wilde getting two thirds and a fifth, which rewarded him with third overall.

Braintree rider Jason Morland took overall victory in the MX1 category.


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Eastern champion Syd Bales led race one until machine problems put him out. Morland then held off a strong challenge from Nathan Norman to take the win.

Despite another strong push from Norman, Morland won leg two, with Bales third on a spare bike.

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In leg three Norman finally got the better of Morland after a race-long tussle, but Morland's second place was good enough for the overall win. Bales finished a close third.

The third group consisted of riders over 40, and once again, the crowd saw some very closely-fought races.

Leg one saw Matt Dye leading throughout, with Robert Lock only inches behind until the last corner, when Lock snatched the win. Diss rider Mark Chapman took third place.

Dye and Lock plus Chris Keeble had the crowd on their toes in race two and this time it was Dye's turn for the win.

In the deciding leg Dye stormed to the front, with Lock and Jason Fowler chasing hard.

A mistake by Dye on lap two saw him slip to third place, leaving Lock to take the win and overall victory. Local rider Fowler held on to second from Dye and 1980s British Champion Jonathan Wright.

The eight-lap main final saw Banks-Browne collecting his fourth win of the evening.

The Swift Suzuki rider led all the way with Bastick, also on a smaller MX2 machine, holding second place throughout.

Holland was third, the first MX1 class rider, while Norman had to fight through the pack to claim fourth.

Bales' dismal evening continued when, after battling up to fifth on a spare machine, he crashed heavily over the big tunnel jump. Fortunately, although groggy, he was able to walk away.

Undisputedly though, Banks-Browne was the man of the meeting, his four wins thrilling the crowd.

Wattisfield Hall results round-up

MX2 Group Overall: 1 Elliott Banks-Browne (Swift Suzuki), 2 Chris Bastick (Danger UK KTM), 3 Ashley Wilde, 4 Lewis Toombs (KTM), 5 Chris Hockey (Husky), 6 Craig Arthurton (Honda).

Leg Winners: Banks-Browne (3).

MX1 Group Overall: 1 Jason Morland (AIM KTM), 2 Nathan Norman (Danger UK Honda), 3 Jason Boutell (Honda), 4 Vince Snell (Yamaha), 5 Clint Wright (Honda), 6 Melvyn Hines (Suzuki).

Leg Winners: Morland (2), Norman.

Over-40 Group Overall: 1 Robert Lock (Yamaha), 2 Matt Dye (Honda), 3 Adrian Salmon (Honda), 4 Jason Fowler (Honda), 5 Chris Keeble (Suzuki), 6 John Chambers (Honda).

Leg Winners: Lock (2), Dye.

Main Final: 1 Banks-Browne, 2 Bastick, 3 Morland, 4 Norman, 5 Boutell, 6 James Cottrell (Suzuki).

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