Rhys Callister Wins the 2023 ACU 50cc Championships

Tuesday August 1, 2023 at 2:02pm
Rhys Callister Wins the 2023 ACU 50cc Championships

Angelsey on Saturday, was breezy, sparkling sunshine, just right for the  5th round of the ACU Ultra Lightweight Championship double header. A weekend that saw Rhys Callister from the Isle of Man win the ACU 50cc championship title after building up an unassailable lead with two rounds to go.

50cc class   Once again Rhys Callister rode well to take easy victories in both races  on the Saturday and one win in race 1 on the Sunday. The three wins means he cements his lead in the championships. With two rounds to go and he cannot be caught.  Rhys and his father Dean were both delighted. Rhys spoke afterwards. “ I Can’t believe I’ve won the championship! These little bikes are so much fun to ride but punish you so hard if you make a mistake, you have to ride 100% all the time but it’s made me race better and harder  even on the big bike. I’d encourage anyone to get one 50/85 or 125 doesn’t matter it’s the best fun and closest racing you can get! Next year I’m going for the 85 on a very special bike that I can’t wait to ride, will be a tough championship but I’ll be in it to win it. Huge thank you to Barry Waumsley BTG Racing for building such a mega bike, Andreas Racing Association & IOM Steam-Packet for help with the ferries, Jonny Fenlon & Ocean Ford, Reynolds & Turner, Mann Cave, Feraldo-Racing, everyone that came to my mums pre-season fund raiser and most importantly my dad who is just the best “racing dad” out there.

Streetstocks:- Joel Greig  dominated the streetstock class once again. Riding to a comfortable victory in both of Saturday’s races.  Joel nicely closed the championship lead down in race 1, Current leader Max Taylor finished  5th behind  Luis Murphy, William Greenway and Morgan Fulop.  Race 2, Joel took control knocking Max from top spot with another comfortable win this time from Morgan Fulop, whilst Max Taylor finished in 7th which gave Joel a 12 point lead going into the Sunday.

Sunday:-  Joel had 2 wins again being chased home by Morgan Fulop who was reeling him in during race 1. Race 2 saw Joel way out on the road again for a clean sweep of four wins. 2nd place was Jez Gilbert followed by Greenway and Taylor.  We go into the next round with Joel Greig leading Max Taylor by 26pts with William Greenway in 3rd position.

85cc:- Race 1:  David McGlone focused in on the championship positions to take a 10 second win in front of 2nd place  James Widdowson who was riding an SJL prepared machine. Unfortunately, a gear change issue stopped SJL team owner Steve Lawton from completing the race.  Nick Marchbank came home third.   In race 2 Steve Lawton was back in form and raced away from everyone to win on the road by a country mile from the rest of the field  But he was no real threat to David McGlone who again focused on his championship points to come home in an easy 2nd place,  Going into the Sundays round David was tied for the championship lead with Nick Marchbank both of whom were on 162pts. 

James Widdowson really got to grips with his new ride and he backed up his team mate Lawton who went on to victory in race 1, closing the gap to McGlone who once again keeping a sensible championship winning head on, finished 3rd  to nudge himself into the number 1 spot.  Lawton didn’t show for race 2 and McGlone took himself a comfortable victory in the race with Marchbank 2nd.  Steve Lawton appeared to be coming up fast on the rails as we head to Aintree next week. However, missing the last race he has maybe left it too late to take on McGlone who is entering the next round with a 4 point difference between him and now his main threat Nick Marchbank.

Unofficial Guest Classes:- The ladies competition class had a great Saturday and Sunday with Wag Scott taking four 1st’s to place her second on the competition table.  However, the current leader Denise Lawson only has to keep finishing in the points if she does not want to be caught. Her four 2nd’ places  from this weekend  adding to a comfortable total. Iona Glover is up to third by scoring a brace of 3rds over the weekend. She has a great chance of getting 2nd if things keep going right for her.
In the  Evotech, David Glover dominated  this class on his well put together mixed breed special with 3 easy wins. He now cannot be caught within the remaining rounds, so he wins that contest.  Nicely done Dave!

Next Round, is next week!  at Aintree racecourse on Saturday August the 5th, with plenty to be decided; you gotta be there!
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