MOTORSPORT: Cossar wins Battle of Britain

Mark Cossar in action
Mark Cossar in action

1,000cc sidecar grasstrack

Rugby’s Mark Cossar won the prestigious Battle of Britain at Frittenden in Kent with a powerful unbeaten display.

Mark Cossar and Carl Blyth on the podium

Mark Cossar and Carl Blyth on the podium

Not usually a fan of race circuits with long straights and tight bends, the four-time British Masters Champion was troubled only briefly by Rob Wilson in his second outing, but sailed through almost immediately on the back straight of the first lap. Another victory in his third heat took Cossar into the final where he was involved in a decent scrap with Myles Simmons. The pair twice made contact before the Rugby ace asserted his authority.

“I was trying out a new engine for the first time today so I’m happy with it,” said Cossar. “I’ve set this one up quite differently from what I’ve done in the past and to be honest, it was a bit of a handful at times, but that’s a nice problem to have. I had no shortage of power when I needed it.”

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Battle of Britain standings were:

1st Mark Cossar & Carl Blyth

Mark Cossar

Mark Cossar

2nd Myles Simmons & Kevin Simmons

3rd- Rob Wilson & Andy Colvin Jnr