Martin Barr rises to fourth in Arenacross series

TALENT: Martin Barr
TALENT: Martin Barr

Martin Barr jumped up two places to finish fourth in the Arenacross series which concluded in Liverpool where the Ballyclare rider had his best result.

When it came to the grand final Barr was on fire as he challenged for the lead along with three other riders.

At the end of the 14-lap final less than two seconds covered the leading quartet headed by Neville Bradshaw.

Second was the French flyer Cyrille Coulon who had Barr breathing down his neck in third place with the champion Adam Chatfield fourth.

Barr showed his hand in practice where he was second fastest to Bradshaw with Graeme Irwin sixth.

When it came to qualifying Barr was second, Stuart Edmonds fourth and Irwin ninth.

In the preliminary heats Barr had a second and a third, Irwin was third and fourth, Edmunds was sixth and seventh while Gordon Crockard had a seventh.

This meant that Crockard and Edmunds had to contest the last chance qualifying race in which they finished second and third respectively.

Barr gave the impression that he might snatch the win in the grand final but at the chequered flag the proverbial blanket would have covered to first four home.

Chatfield who had the first two rounds collected the title with six points to spare over Bradshaw, Jack Brunell was third and Barr fourth.


Grand Final: 1 N Bradshaw; 2 C Coulon; 3 M Barr; 4 A Chatfield; 5 C LeFrancis; 6 J Brunell; 7 G Irwin; 12 G Crockard.

Final points: 1 Chatfield 74; 2 Bradshaw 68 ;3 Brunell 64; 4 Barr 52; 5 Coulon 51; 6 T Church 50. 10 Irwin; 11 Edmunds; 16 Crockard.

Meanwhile, the Hawkstone Park international motocross involving several Ulster riders had to be cancelled due to bad weather.