Matlock ace Bradley all set to be crowned Darley Moor champion

Matlock rider David Bradley, who holds a 46-point lead in the standings. (PHOTO BY: Tony Else Photography)
Matlock rider David Bradley, who holds a 46-point lead in the standings. (PHOTO BY: Tony Else Photography)

Matlock rider David Bradley could seal the classic 1000 class in the penultimate round of the Darley Moor Motorcycle Road Race Club Championship, which is taking place this Sunday.

Dominant Bradley currently holds a huge 46-point lead at the top of the standings, and barring nightmares or accidents, he should be crowned champion this weekend. He has 75 points, with second-placed Mike Harding on 29 and third-placed Neil Hingley on 18.

It is possible that Sunday’s round will see a number of champions crowned, but with double points to be awarded in the final round, there is still plenty of opportunity for those chasing to reduce the deficits at the head of the tables.

One of the most exciting title tussles is in the steel-framed 600 class where only six points separate the top three, Steve Price, of Cheadle, Dean Ephgrave, of Hucknall, and Wally Bradbury, of Chesterfield.

In the classic 500 class, there’s also just six points separating top two, Oliver Presswood, of Bath, and Dave McCoy, of Hull, while seven points is the advantage Dan Knight and Matthew Rostron hold over reigning champions Howard Baker and Mike Killingsworth in the formula 600 sidecar class.

The defending title-holders in the open sidecar class are not faring so well. Ray Thomas and Neil Aslaksen, of Birkenhead, are sitting third, fully 48 points behind leaders Anthony Eades and Keith Box.

In the CB500 class, which is in its inaugural year, Nuneaton’s Paul Sawyer will be trying hard on Sunday to extend his 14-point advantage over Andy Whale, of Birmingham. And with 18 points at stake, Dudley’s Mark Cockerton will be hoping to turn the tables on leader Simon Collins, of Tetbury, who holds a 17-point lead in the classic 350 class.

Whatever happens, it’s sure to be an excellent day’s racing. Practice starts at 10 am, with the first race scheduled for 11.30 am. General admission is £12, with the price for senior citizens £8. Under-16s are allowed in for free.

Darley Moor is also one of the few circuits where dogs are welcomed.