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Pre-65 British Classic Scrambles Champion, Scott Hayworth, competing aboard a 380cc Greeves Griffon at the Christmas Cracker scramble at Marks Tey. Photo by Jim Thurston
Scott Hayworth dominates at Winter Scramble
Words by Matt Valentine
24 November 2009
On Sunday 15th November 2009 the Pre 65 Motocross Club held the annual Christmas Cracker Scramble, also known as the Winter Scramble, at Marks Tey in Essex.
Heavy rain during the week leading up to the event threatened to cause the event to be abandoned, however, the organisers took a gamble with the weather which paid off. On the Sunday morning although it was a cold start the clear blue skies meant the track was always going to dry up and be in perfect conditions by the time the main race came around. The spectators were entertained by the 75 solos and 15 sidecar crews entered that had a packed 22 race schedule to get through, with the big highlight to the event being the 2009 Classic British Champion Scott Hayworth making a rare appearance at a club meeting aboard a 380cc Greeves Griffon.
In the clubmen final, Nick Jackman took the win ahead of Leon Moye with Vincent Grudgington home in third place. The rider in tenth spot was to win a box of Christmas crackers and this went to Clive Barton on a 250cc AJS.
In the battle of the twins Adrian Coppen making a rare appearance in classic racing due to commitments in the NGR championship took the victory ahead of Jim Aim in second, with Andy Nourish home in third. The tenth place prize went to Philip Frogg.
In the battle of the singles Scott Hayworth took his championship bike out for a spin and won by a comfortable margin. Second and third places went to club regulars Nick Archer and Dan Howe. Tenth place crackers went to Ian Elmer.
In the European two strokes the win went to Terry Thompson ahead of Glenn Davey with Gareth Robinson home in third. With only six finishers in the race the Crackers went to sixth place rider Dave Witney.
In the British two stokes Scott Hayworth on the 380cc Greeves Griffon took the win ahead of the 2009 Greeves Champion Greg Radley. Dave Godley came in third to make it a Greeves 1,2,3. The Cracker prize went to ex speedway grand prix rider Graeme Smith.
The final race of the day would see the top seven riders from the previous finals come together for the Christmas Cracker Burn Up. The crowds gathered and the gate drop and again it was Scott Hayworth who took the holeshot and ran away from the field to take the victory ahead of Nick Archer in a safe second. With the leading pair home and dry the third step of the podium was where the battle was really heating up. The run to the line saw Sam Appleton hold off Dan Howe for third and fourth, Adrian Coppen home in fifth with Dave Holt rounding out the top six.
1 Nick Jackman (250cc Montesa Capra), 2 Leon Moye (250cc CZ), 3 Vincent Grudgington (500cc BSA), 4 Malcolm Ager (350cc BSA), 5 Steve McHugh (400cc Husky), 6 Jason Kinnard (250cc CZ)
Battle of the Twins
1 Adrian Coppen (650cc TriBSA), 2 Jim Aim (500cc BSA), 3 Andy Nourish (500cc TriBSA), 4 Pat Aldridge (500cc Triumph Metisse), 5 Dave Saville (500cc Cheney), 6 Ian Aim (500cc TriBSA)
Battle of the Singles
1 Scott Hayworth (500cc Jawa), 2 Nick Archer, 3 Dan Howe (560cc BSA Cheney), 4 Sam Appleton (441cc BSA), 5 Dave Holt (441cc BSA Victor), 6 Dave Godley
European Two Strokes
1 Terry Thompson (400cc Husky), 2 Glenn Davey (360cc CZ), 3 Gareth Robinson (250cc Husky), 4 Warren Bennett (380cc CZ), 5 Kevin May (450cc Husky), 6 Dave Witney (250cc Husky)
British Two Strokes
1 Scott Hayworth (380cc Greeves Griffon), 2 Greg Radley (250cc Greeves Challenger), 3 Dave Godley (360cc Greeves Challenger), 4 Barry Keymer (Greeves), 5 Trevor Day (410cc AJS), 6 Desmond Burton (380cc Greeves Griffon)
Christmas Cracker Burn-Up
1 Hayworth, 2 Archer, 3 Appleton, 4 Howe, 5 Coppen, 6 Holt.