Melton motorcycle racer Antony Hart impresses at Pembrey

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Melton motorcycle racer Antony Hart made a fine start to his 2015 campaign as he bids for a national double.

Having dabbled on the international circuit for the last couple of years, with some success, Hart is sticking to these shores for 2015.

He began his bid to capture the 350 Grand Prix and the ACU national championships titles at Pembrey, in south Wales.

Dad Ron said: “Both of these championships are very competitive with a chance of anyone of five riders capable of winning the titles.

“We are only running one bike this year to try and focus all our efforts on these two championships.”

With a new engine and many modifications made over the winter, the opening round was always going to be a development meeting.

Hart produced a good steady ride in the opening race on the notoriously bumpy circuit to finish fourth.

With a few adjustments for race two and confidence starting to return, an excellent ride brought the Melton rider an excellent third place in race two.

The following day dawned with perfect conditions for the two remaining races and the main ACU feature.

Hart maintained his improvements in race three with a second place finish, but the final GP race was probably the best of the weekend.

A four-way fight saw the lead change hands once or twice a lap and Ant only missed out on victory out on the last lap when hampered by back markers.

A very good second place puts Hart second overall in the 350 GP championship.

The 350 ACU National championship saw a repeat of the previous races, but a broken chain on lap three put Hart out of the race.

Just a lap later a broken bike dropped oil on the track, causing an accident which forced out four of the five main contenders.

The championship moves on to Cadwell Park, in Lincolnshire, next month.