SIDECAR SPEEDWAY: NOT even an untimely engine failure could stop Rugby’s high-flying Mark Cossar from winning round two of the British Sidecar Speedway Championships in Somerset.
Together with passenger Carl Blyth, the duo reeled off two straight wins before major bike problems at the start of heat 14 saw them limp around in last place.
In the next race, Cossar was handed a lifeline by fellow race Paul Johnson – who generously offered his 1000cc machine as a replacement.
Despite the unfamiliar set-up, Cossar recorded his third win of the night which took him to the grand final.
Back on board his own repaired equipment, he stormed to the chequered flag to delight the large and appreciative Somerset crowd as he spectacularly reached for the dirt on the outside of the track to win in the fastest time of the night.
After the meeting, Cossar said: “We could have done without all the drama of engine trouble.
“After winning the opening round in Leicester, Carl and I are nicely set up for the final two legs of the championship.
“But there’s still plenty of points to race for.
“We won’t be complacent.”
Elsewhere Tom Cossar showed his potential with a stylish win in his opening ride before he also suffered from bike problems.
Rugby’s Gareth Williams, who is passenger to Matt Fumarola, also recorded a win in heat 12.
The third of the four-leg British Championship is at Kings Lynn Speedway on Friday, July 14.