MOTORSPORT: Cossar going for fourth British Masters title

Mark Cossar and Carl Blyth
Mark Cossar and Carl Blyth

Sidecar star’s bid to go to Australia as British no. 1

1,000cc Sidecar Grasstrack Racing

Rugby’s Mark Cossar expects nothing less than a dramatic showdown in Dorset on Sunday when he defends his British Masters grasstrack title.

Aiming to win the coveted crown (first staged in 1951), for a fourth time, Cossar will clash head-on with arch rival Rob Bradley from Yorkshire, himself determined to win the Masters for a fifth time.

Sunday’s eagerly awaited confrontation is made all the more intriguing by the fact that Cossar and Bradley have somehow not raced against each other all season. A coincidence, or have they both been keeping their powder dry and their bike set-ups top secret?

“I haven’t avoided him,” said Cossar. “So maybe it’s just purely by chance that he hasn’t entered the competitions I’ve been in, or he’s withdrawn from them.”

The 27-year-old defending champion makes no secret of the fact that he has recently invested in a new 170 brake horse power Suzuki engine for the Masters, which he hopes that with different tuning to his previous machines will give him the edge over the hard riding Bradley.

“I badly want to keep my Masters title – that’s a given”, added Cossar. “Especially because on November 1 I leave for five months’ top flight racing in Australia, so it’s very, very important to me that I go there as the British number one.”