The final round of the Friction Hydraulics Series saw a first start and win of the year for a multiple Shropshire Best All Rounder Victor Chetta in the West Cheshire TTCA 25. Chetta showed he’d lost none of his form with a dominant win of 54 minutes 40 seconds on the Tern Hill – Shawbirch course as well as taking the Veterans win with +12:15 on an initially cool and foggy morning having had the season off due to personal commitments. That fog however made for easy passage through the air on a rare ‘float’ morning where times throughout are fast. Chetta just couldn’t resist seeing how his form had been affected by the layoff; and on the evidence of this ride not by much. He stated: “It’s good to be back, that was my first race in just over a year, with other commitments having taking priority for most of the current racing season. As a result I did feel a little bit rusty, and though the weather conditions seemed reasonable I didn’t go quite as fast as I perhaps would have liked, but it was useful to see how I’m currently going, prior to planning my off-season training as I intend to race through the whole season next year. It was good to see some familiar faces at race HQ afterwards”.

Chetta’s nearest challenger was Paramount CRT’s Chris Riley, equalling his highest place finish of the Series with a fine runner-up spot of 57:20, beating team mate Simon Romei by a solitary second – and captured Friction Series Veteran’s Bronze in the process thanks to recording +11:32, one of four remaining Friction Series medals undecided going into the race. Riley was pleased with his efforts at the tail end of an excellent season which has seen him challenge at the top of the standings regularly. He commented: “A misty float morning and field including prestigious past champions made for a lovely end to the brilliant Friction Hydraulics Series. The best result I’ve managed in any county round; and a podium in the Friction Hydraulics Veterans is the cherry on a season long campaign – a great race by WCTTCA; and thanks to Rob Jones for more of his superb photography”.

Romei stopped the watch agonisingly one second off Riley’s mark, and it was the same 1-2-3 in the Veterans even after the age adjusted weightings had been applied, with Romei registering +9:34. Out of action due to Covid-19, Romei was determined to make the most of his recovery in the final chance to race a 25 mile time trial in 2022. He stated: “The race went better than I expected as I had been sidelined by Covid and had to miss the last two 25 mile races. I thought I’ve got to go all out and go hard, which certainly paid off as I was very pleased with my time, especially this being my first 25 race of the season. I would also like to mention the organisation which was outstanding, with a special thanks to all the marshals who braved the fog”.

In the Friction Women’s Series it was another first-time entrant who pulled off the win with Paramount having a great morning after Gwyneth Parry took the win in a strong time of 1:03:14, beating Friction Women’s Series winner Helen Tudor by 4:27. Parry decided to ride a time trial after a season gaining fitness on the road, as she explained: “A great, well organised event. Overall I was happy with my ride after focusing on road racing mostly this season – thanks to all the marshals for standing out in the fog”!

Two of the outstanding medals were settled between Wrekinsport CC club mates as Victoria Doran took Friction Women’s Silver after a fabulous season which has seen her race everything from 10 mile distance up to 100. This has been with the encouragement of her team mates, and Silver is richly deserved for stepping up. Doran reflected on the season, showing that 2022 has been a learning process: “If you had said to me last year that I would have done so many time trials, with distances all the way up to 100 miles and that I’d finish with Silver in the Friction Series, I would not have believed you! Some races have gone well, some not so well, but I have learned a lot from each one and steadily improved as the season has gone on – Silver is the icing on the cake”!

Team mate Deb Hutson-Lumb took Women’s Bronze in a season where she has self-admittedly struggled a little for form and inspiration – not that that has stopped her winning 10 races in the Series. She commented: “After a late start to the season and never quite finding my race head I was really pleased to win Friction Women’s Bronze. Congratulations to Helen and Vic for their very well deserved Gold and Silver”.

Romei’s son Chester made it a family celebration after taking the Junior win in 1:02:36, sealing a great season with a lap of honour to round off winning the Frioction Junior Series. He stepped up to the slightly bizarre conditions well, commenting: “I was very pleased with my time considering the conditions weren’t the greatest. A reasonably early start meant fog and mist being one challenge that hadn’t occurred in any of my races before! A massive thank you to everyone involved with the organisation of this event”!

The final medal went to Mid Shropshire Wheelers, taking Junior Bronze, who declared: “I’m very surprised and pleased to take a medal”.

After a great season-long battle with Bridgnorth CC, Wrekinsport were confirmed as Top Club Award winners with a solid 520 point victory, showing the depth of interest in winning the award throughout the club in their 100th anniversary year.


1VictorChettaMid Shropshire WheelersV54:4060
2ChristopherRileyParamount CRTV57:2055
3SimonRomeiParamount CRTV57:2150
4OliverRodwellWrekinsport CCV57:4345
5JamesNealeNorth Shropshire WheelersV58:2640
6AlexLeekWrekinsport CCS59:4735
7ChesterRomeiNorth Shropshire WheelersJ1:02:3630
8GeorgeCoombesShropshire CCAS1:02:4725
9GwynethParryParamount CRTW1:03:1420
10DanielLamsdellWrekinsport CCS1:06:0515
11HelenTudorOswestry Paragon CCWV1:07:4110
12LesBougheyNorth Shropshire WheelersV1:08:395
.LindaBeckettNorth Shropshire WheelersWVDNS-A
.RobertGarbettWrekinsport CCVDNS-A
.DebHutson-LumbWrekinsport CCWVDNS-A
.JamesPowellNorth Shropshire WheelersVDNS
.RobertElliottWrekinsport CCVDNS
.AndrewHellowellWrekinsport CCVDNS
.ClareO’DonnellWrekinsport CCWVDNS


Vets PosnForenameSurnameClubCatVet +/-Vets Points
1VictorChettaMid Shropshire WheelersV+12:1560
2ChristopherRileyParamount CRTV+11:3255
3SimonRomeiParamount CRTV+9:3450
4OliverRodwellWrekinsport CCV+8:3945
5JamesNealeNorth Shropshire WheelersV+7:5640
6HelenTudorOswestry Paragon CCWV+7:2835
7LesBougheyNorth Shropshire WheelersV+1:3530


Women’s PosnForenameSurnameClubCatTimeWomen’s Points
1GwynethParryParamount CRTS1:03:1460
2HelenTudorOswestry Paragon CCWV1:07:4155
.LindaBeckettNorth Shropshire WheelersWVDNS-A.
.DebHutson-LumbWrekinsport CCWVDNS-A.
.ClareO’DonnellWrekinsport CCWVDNS.


Junior PosnForenameSurnameClubCatTimeJunior Points
1ChesterRomeiNorth Shropshire WheelersJ1:02:3660

Top Club Award:

1Paramount CRT 125
2Wrekinsport CC 95
3North Shropshire Wheelers 75
4Mid Shropshire Wheelers 60
5Oswestry Paragon CC 10

Final Cumulative Standings after twenty rounds

Friction and Hydraulic Services Shropshire Championship Points Series

Position Name Club Cat Best 12
1 Tim Beardmore Bridgnorth CC V 725
2 Tomos Hales Wrekinsport CC S 690
3 Jonathan Mills-Keeling Bridgnorth CC V 640
4 Chris Riley Paramount CRT V 530
5 Bryn Davies Hafren CC V 475
6 Graeme Donnell Revolutions Racing V 410
7 Mason Durant Paramount CRT S 305
=8 Dean Callister Revolutions Racing S 275
=8 James Neale North Shropshire Wheelers S 275
10 David Griffiths Holohan Coaching Race Team S 225
11 Daniel Watts SCCA Private Member S 220
12 Deb Hutson-Lumb Wrekinsport CC WV 200
13 Oliver Rodwell Wrekinsport CC V 195
=14 Adam Mumford Wrekinsport CC S 190
=14 Simon Romei Paramount CRT V 190
16 Helen Tudor Oswestry Paragon CC WV 180
17 Robbie Disney Ludlow CC S 175
18 Andrew Rose Revolutions Racing V 165
19 Emma Serjeant Hafren CC WV 140
20 Victoria Doran Wrekinsport CC WV 135

Friction and Hydraulic Services Veterans Championship

Position Name Club Best 12
1 Tim Beardmore Bridgnorth CC 745
2 Jonathan Mills-Keeling Bridgnorth CC 685
3 Chris Riley Paramount CRT 645
4 Deb Hutson-Lumb Wrekinsport CC 590
5 Graeme Donnell Revolutions Racing 555
6 Bryn Davies Hafren CC 485
7 Helen Tudor Oswestry Paragon CC 430
8 Emma Serjeant Hafren CC 360
9 Andrew Rose Revolutions Racing 265
10 James Neale North Shropshire Wheelers 250
11 Simon Romei Paramount CRT 220
12 Robert Elliott Wrekinsport CC 190
13 Gino Trasatti North Shropshire Wheelers 185
14 Victoria Doran Wrekinsport CC 175
15 John Westhead Paramount CRT 165
16 Ian Connolly Ludlow CC 160
17 Oliver Rodwell Wrekinsport CC 155
18 Ashley Kirkham Wrekinsport CC 130
=19 Chris Halford Wrekinsport CC 110
=19 Geoff Edgerton North Shropshire Wheelers 110

Friction and Hydraulic Services Women’s Championship

Women’s Pos’n Name Club Best 12
1 Helen Tudor Oswestry Paragon CC 715
2 Victoria Doran Wrekinsport CC 645
3 Deb Hutson-Lumb Wrekinsport CC 610
4 Emma Serjeant Hafren CC 490
5 Clare O’Donnell Wrekinsport CC 165
6 Helen Blake Wrekinsport CC 90
7 Linda Beckett North Shropshire Wheelers 85
8 Bethan Till Wrekinsport CC 65
=9 Gwnetth Parry Paramount CRT 60
=9 Hayley Wells Paramount CRT 60
=9 Robin Jones Bridgnorth CC 60
12 Clare Cotterill Wrekinsport CC 45

Friction and Hydraulic Services Junior Championship

Junior Pos’n Name Club Best 12
1 Chester Romei North Shropshire Wheelers 465
2 Ben Southgate Wrekinsport CC 170
3 Alex Hart Mid Shropshire Wheelers 60
4 Noah White Mid Shropshire Wheelers 45

Top Club Award

Position Club Total Points
1 Wrekinsport CC 2305
2 Bridgnorth CC 1785
3 Paramount CRT 1310
4 Revolutions Racing 985
5 Hafren CC 680
6 North Shropshire Wheelers 595
7 Oswestry Paragon CC 350
8 Ludlow CC 280
9 Holohan Coaching Race Team 225
10 Mid Shropshire Wheelers 75
=11 Newport (Shropshire) CC 5
=11 Nova Raiders  5