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Victory for Cossar and Blyth at Wimbourne

Rugby’s Mark Cossar and his passenger Carl Blyth won the Wimborne Motor Cycle Club Meeting in Dorset on Sunday, unbeaten in their heats before they powered away to take the chequered flag in the final.

In fact it was only in the final that the current British Masters champions were truly tested all day, when chased hard by runners up Paul Whitelam and Alan Elliott during the first half of the race.

Despite a very dusty track that broke up badly as the meeting went on, Cossar had little trouble securing a succession of comfortable victories.

The 27-year old, who leaves the UK in November for six months of world class racing in Australia, switches to 500cc action this Sunday at St.Erme near Truro in Cornwall when he competes in the British Championship. Unlike the 1,000cc bikes and the right hand track direction that he is so used to, the 500cc machines turn left! So it will be quite a challenge against the far more experienced teams.

Tom Cossar also rode at Wimborne with his passenger Gaz Williams from Long Lawford. The younger of the Cossar brothers (who won the British Masters with Mark in 2009), Tom has largely been out of the sport through injury, but he produced a very encouraging performance in Dorset, finishing in third place in the B-Final.