Harley makes solid start to new season

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An Ingleton road racer made a solid start as his season kicked off in South Wales over the Easter weekend.

Harley Rushton, 19, took part in the first round of the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club’s championship at Pembrey race circuit

The aptly-named rider started the defence of his standing 350cc title as well as competing in the national 500cc Grand Prix.

On Saturday Rushton started with third in the 350 and 10th in the 500 before taking victory from road racing star Olie Linsdell in the second 350 race of the day.

The result was reversed in Sunday morning’s race when Olie out-dragged Rushton to the line to take the win by just 0.018 of a second.

Sunday’s races on the 500cc machine saw Rushton start the day with a 10th place before securing eighth on the grid for the weekend’s big ACU race.

Before the day’s main event the young Ingleton racer also secured a ninth in the 500cc national club race as the heavens opened.

Rushton managed to stay on his bike for another ninth in the ACU race however.

The weekend then petered out with the youngster retiring from the weekend’s final 350 race before the 500 was cancelled. 
Rushton said: “I think I have had some good results this weekend with both bikes but feel there is a lot more to come from the 500, even though I am glad I stayed on in the wet conditions.

“I was kicking myself after the second race with Olie because I thought I could have just got out of the last corner a little quicker and beaten him, but a second is still good.”

He returns to the track at Anglesey on the June 14 and 15.