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After a dominant season in 2017, Kris Winder returned to defend the Pre 74 championship on the super-quick Elsinore Honda but expectations were high from the threat of ‘young guns’ Chris Chell and Greg Speed, along with 2017 runner-up Keith Rice.

Pre 65 winner Tim Dallaway decided to take a break from the championship, leaving the field wide open. Liston and Lewis Bell from Scotland and twice runner-up Aaron Graves were likely contenders, with Will Bateup potentially strong, joining the series after winning a one-off championship at Mortimer in 2017.

The Pre 65/Pre74 championships are run over two combined races at each meeting, with the points separated for each championship. The weather and farming activity impacted on the shape of the championship. The planned first round at Bath was postponed due to a waterlogged car park and pit area, the Mortimer Classic MCC round in July was cancelled

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