Clean sweep for Cowton on a great weekend at Croft

Picture by Paul Deighton
Picture by Paul Deighton

James Cowton and his racing team headed north to the Croft circuit near Darlington for the NEMCRC meeting last weekend.

Cowton was racing his Honda 600 and the Kendo ER650, plus on Sunday, he was riding a Manx Norton in the Classic races so he was going to be very busy, as were his team mechanics Fran, Neil and John.

On Saturday, Cowton had two races each on the Honda 600 and the Kendo ER650.

He was at the top of his game and by the end of the day he had completed a clean sweep, winning all four races - a great task by any standards.

The following day, Cowton was going to be even busier as he had a couple of races on the classic Manx Norton, as well as his 600 and 650 races.

He achieved a second in one of the Classic races on a 350 Manx and a win in the other classic race. He did three races back-to-back twice - Supertwins, then the Classic, then the F600, leaping off one bike onto the next with a right-foot gear change on the Manx as opposed to a left-foot gear change on his other bikes.

Another great performance by Cowton saw him win both 600 races on the Honda and also both of the races on the Kendo ER650.

The Laird of Croft Trophy is presented to the person who over the weekend accumulated most points in the 600 Class over the four 600cc Class Races, and with Cowton winning all four races he was presented with the accolade at the end of the day, another piece of nice silverware for the cabinet.

In two weeks, Cowton and his team will be at Olivers Mount for the ‘Ian Watson Spring National’ meeting. Anybody interested in sponsoring him can call 420399.