The AMCA Veterans Championship (for riders over 40)
Criteria and further info can be found HERE
The top 25 finishersautomatically qualify for the following years Championship. Area qualifiers are organised in March for those riders who did not finish in the top 25 and for new riders wishing to try and qualify.
After missing out on the AMCA Vets title in both 2016 and 2017 due to a frustrating combination of falls, misfortune and fairly minor mechanical gremlins, Crescent KTM rider Terry House will be fairly happy with the start to his 2018 campaign.
Showing that he meant business, JSR Honda rider Simon Lane was very fast off the start in the opening Vets race. Along with former World Vets rider and Cresent KTM pilot Terry House, the front two quickly fabricated a big advantage for themselves at the front.
There was a very welcome new rider on the Vets Championship start grid at Lower Drayton in a certain Mr Gary Davies, the former multiple AMCA Champion. In moto one Gary started with a fine 3rd place as series leader Terry House passed Simon Lane on the final lap to snatch the win.
As Gary Davies led the opening Hawkstone Vets contest, there was a right old tussle going on just behind him as the Championship top two of Simon Lane and Terry House locked horns.
Following a big crash at Hawkstone, Terry House was a Vets class non-starter and in his absence, Simon Lane took full advantage!
There was drama right at the start of Vets moto two as Davies and Lane made contact racing into the opening turn. The collision causing Lane to fall and also bringing down Brian Staples who tried to take evasive action.
Holding a big 138 point advantage going into Sunday’s finale, Simon Lane on the JSR Honda wrapped up his second AMCA Vets title with a moto one victory ahead of Gary Jones, Sean Smith, Matt Gordon, Colin Conduit and Brian Staples.
Finishing as runner-up in the 2016 Vets title race, Simon Lane must have been pleased with his flying start to the first clash of 2017. On the gas, Simon was quick away until James Russell decided to upset proceedings.
Following round one of the 2017 Vets Championship, James Russell, Simon Lane and Terry House all finished on 164 points. And during round two on Sunday, these aces again dominated proceedings by filling the top three in the moto's.
Resisting almost constant pressure from Simon Lane, it was series leader James Russell who took the opening Vets win with Terry House in 3rd and the always consistent trio of Richard Chinn, Gary Jones and Martin Atherton in the mix.
At Bevercotes the box again had that all familiar look but most importantly as the series reaches its midway point, the immaculate Russell has extended his series lead to 60 points.
Despite not bagging a single holeshot, Terry House still took the overall Vets win at Hawkstone with an accompolished performance.
Simon Lane led the opening Vets clash at Boraston before being passed by series pace-setter James Russell. Whilst Russell raced onto the win, Lane was now under pressure from House.
In the final class for Vets it was the same old familiar story with series leader James Russell taking top honours from Terry House and Simon Lane.
In a great Vets moto one battle, Simon Lane, James Russell and finally winner Terry House all took turns to lead the way. Such was the pace of the top three that they forged a massive advantage for themselves at the front.
With Terry House holding 2nd in the AMCA Vets series a non-starter at Lower Drayton, it offered Simon Lane the chance to move up the standings and that's just what he did! Lane was consistently fast out of the gate, bagging a 2/1/2 scorecard although he could not prevent the superb James Russell from taking the 2017 Vets title.
The AMCA Veterans Championship class also produced some classic action with Matt Gordon, Simon Lane and finally Terry House all taking turns to lead moto one. Indeed House timed his challenge to perfection by passing both of his rivals in the last lap.
In moto two Gordon was fastest away and in control for the opening couple of circuits before Lane found a way through. In the final three laps tough Yorkshireman Danny Blakeley on his trusty 250cc two-stroke Yamaha and Martin Atherton also passed Gordon as Gary Jones and Terry House completed the top six.
After only managing to complete two moto's during the opening round of the AMCA Veterans after breaking a finger, Terry House bounced back in superb style on Sunday by bagging a brilliant maximum points score. House though certainly had to work hard for his glory as Simon Lane led all three moto's.
It proved to be a very eventful day in the Veterans Championship at Frocester as Matt Gordon moved back to the top of the standings, taking the overall win ahead of Simon Lane. Typical of the action, Gordon and Lane hotly disputed the moto one lead before Terry House moved through from 5th to mix it up.
Just like his brother, Simon Lane was also to loose vital ground in the Championship race after a rear-wheel puncture restricted him to a 9th place finish in the Hawkstone Veterans contest. Flying high a looking very comfortable in the sand, series leader Matt Gordon took the fist race win with Terry House moving through from a very early 10th spot to take 2nd.
Terry House led the early exchanges in the opening Vets race but was under constant pressure from Simon Lane. Indeed on lap five, Lane was to then briefly head the contest before House regained control to take the win.
With top Vets contender Terry House a non-starter due to injury, the Brookthorpe dash for glory developed into a two way tussle between current series leader Matt Gordon and defending Champion Simon Lane. Indeed displaying all of his local track knowledge, Lane was to then go onto blast to a perfect untroubled maximum points win, thus keeping his dream of a Veterans Championship hat-trick still very much alive!
The final AMCA Vets contest of 2016 was all about a two way battle for the title featuring Matt Gordon and defending Champion Simon Lane. Going into the event, Gordon led the way by 27 points and crucially he then further extended his advantage by blasting to victory in the opening race on Sunday.