Mark Cossar has regained his British Masters title, becoming the first rider since the coveted event began in 1951 to go through the entire race card unbeaten.
In front of a big crowd at the Frittenden grasstrack arena in Kent, Cossar and his passenger Carl Blyth were in no mood for second best after some debatable team-riding tactics by his opponents in last year’s hotly contested title.
This sweetest of revenge victories for the 26-year-old from Rugby is now his third Masters win after first gaining the title with his brother Tom in 2009, then holding on to his crown in 2010 with Blyth.
Only three riders have now secured the British Masters on more occasions than Cossar, including Bill Evans who won it six times between 1954 and 1961, but Cossar undoubtedly has the talent and time on his side to go on and become the most successful 1,000 sidecar grasstrack rider in the sports history.
Even in Cossar’s first swashbuckling ride the writing appeared to be on the wall for the rest of the field.
Rod Winterburn shut the door on the Rugby rider as he tried to squeeze through on the inside, but despite being blocked in no uncertain terms as the bikes clattered together, Cossar immediately regained his composure and overtook Winterburn on the outside with a beautifully crafted manoeuvre.
In his second heat Cossar swept round the outside of Robbie Wilson and then dived down the inside of Jamie Goudge for the second of six superb victories to regain the Masters crown.
2012 British Masters
1st Mark Cossar & Carl Blyth
2nd Rob Bradley & Shaun Simpson
3rd Paul Whitelam & Alan Elliott