THERE was triumph for Broughton Gifford’s motorbike racer Travis Vince on the track, with his first national victory.
Paul Korkus reports, “The weekend of the 18th and 19th of September saw the final round of the 250cc ACU National Championship held at Pembrey in Wales.
“Broughton Gifford’s Travis Vince was in action on his Dennis Trollope racing backed T Z 250cc Yamaha. After qualifying Travis was fourth fastest but while in the warm-up area prior to his first race he had a minor machine issue which saw him miss the green flag lap so he had to start from the back of the grid on cold tyres.
“Despite this he made a great start and charged his way up through the field and crossed the line in fourth place overall and second in the N G Cup class.
“He made a flying start in his second race and led by the end of the first lap which was held in wet conditions. As he started his third lap, he had pulled out a 3 second lead over second placed Bobby Varey and set fastest lap after fastest lap and took his first National 250cc victory for the 12 laps in a time of 12 minutes 13.38 seconds and a speed of 78.61 mph.
“He also set the fastest lap of the race in a time of 1 minute 05.11 seconds and a speed of 80.49 mph.
“Bobby Varey was just over 9 seconds behind in second place and Chris Moore who finished this season in second place in the 250cc Championship finished in third place.
“The third race was led by Bobby Varey with Travis in a great four machine dice for second place. Towards the end of the race Thomas Lawlor was in second with Travis in a very close third but just after setting his fastest lap of the race and with just a couple of laps to go he slid of his machine and walked away unhurt.
“Afterwards a delighted Darrell Higgins, father of Travis, said that Travis had rode well all weekend and was the only rider to finish in front of Bobby Varey who had notched up seven victories this season since he joined the championship.”