The ever popular Brookthorpe circuit was the venue for the latest Gloucester MXC race meeting. The fast, flowing layout and spectacular jumps make it a challenge for the riders and the hillside location gives the spectators a view of almost the whole track. The day provided some very close racing, with only two riders managing to put together a perfect score, and several groups decided by only a few points.
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The MX1 Juniors kicked the day’s racing off in style, with a great battle between Justin Brooks and home rider Richard Davis which saw Brooks take the win by less than a second. Race two saw Wayne Vance take the win, after a poor start in the first race saw him unable to get into the top ten. He was just able to hold off Brooks in the second race, with Davis a distant third. Race three saw Brooks and Davis take up the front running, after getting past a fast starting Sean Mckenzie. This time, Brooks was able to put some space between himself and Davis, and took the race win and the overall with a comfortable margin. Vance finished the race in fourth, which was enough to give him third overall behind Brooks and Davis.
It was a tight finish in the under 18 MX2 Juniors, as second, third and fourth overall were split by only two points. Andros Mota-Reed took the overall victory by taking the first two race wins and then finishing sixth in the final moto, staying well clear of the scrap for the runner up slots. Karl Gaulder, Jack Sarll and Bradley Davis went into the final fighting for these places. Davis was recovering from a tenth in the first race, and did all he could in the final leg by taking the win. Unfortunately for him, Gaulder finished just behind him in second, with Sarll in third – meaning Gaulder took second overall with 144 points, with Sarll third with 143 points and Davis just missing out with 142 points.
The MX1 Experts saw a good three way fight between Adam Harris, Mark Hook and Matthew Hitchman – although you can’t help but think that Robert Lewis would have walked away with this group after taking the wins in races one and three by a big margin, but a disaster in race two saw him finish a lap down and ruin any chance of an overall victory. Harris took advantage of Lewis’ misery, taking the win and building on his ninth in the opening moto, with Hook taking second in both races.
The overall looked to be going to Hook, as he was running third behind Lewis and Harris – but an error in the closing stages saw him drop to seventh with no time left to claw the places back. As the race finished, Harris took the overall with his second place – beating Hook into second overall by two points with Hitchman back in third.
It was a tie break for the overall victory in the MX1 Seniors, as Josh Plews tried to capitalise on a rare mistake from Lewis Stokes in the first race. A poor start in the opening moto saw Stokes unable to get higher than seventh, with Plews taking full advantage and grabbing the win, with Daniel Urbain in second. Race two saw a fantastic battle between these three riders – with Stokes out front, and Plews spending the whole race trying to find a way past Urbain, before finally getting through on the final lap. Race three saw Stokes and Urbain fighting for the lead, with Stokes just coming out on top. Meanwhile Plews was in fourth, unable to close the gap on third as he was mired in a battle with Ryan Thomas – and this left him tied on points with Stokes. The overall went to Stokes thanks to his higher finish in the final moto, with Plews second and Urbain in third, just three points back.
Adrian Witcombe posted the first perfect score of the day, the one day license entry rider taking three easy wins to secure the overall in the over 18 MX2 Junior class. Sam Danaher was runner up after posting third, third and second on the day, with another one day license entry, Craig Dowding, taking third. The other perfect score went to MX2 Expert Robert Clark, although the out of centre rider was pushed hard in all three races. Josh Broadway just missed out in moto one, but then couldn’t repeat this form for the rest of the day. Stuart Keen took third in race one, second in race two and sealed second overall with a fourth in the final leg. Liam Wright took third on the day, with fourth place finishes in race one and two, and finishing the final race in second.
It was a home victory for Gloucester rider John Collins in the Inter Junior group, as a second and two wins secured the overall for him. He was denied the clean sweep by a new challenger called Bradley Priest. Priest took the first race win when Collins made an error whilst leading, and ran out of laps before he could catch him. They had some great battles in the remaining races, but Collins was always able to hold Priest off, taking both races with flag to flag victories. Callum Evans took third overall, beating Joshua Gethin to the final podium spot.
The MX2 Seniors finished the days racing, and it was another Gloucester rider who took home the spoils. Danny Finch put together a solid set of results to take the overall, despite not winning a moto all day. He was runner up to Oli Vaughan in race one, and Lewis Johnson in race two and then used his head to bring it home in fourth in the final moto to secure the win. Vaughan followed his race one victory with a third in race two, but then had a bad start in the final race. He was able to claw his way back to eighth at the finish, which was just enough to give him second overall, just in front of Scott Wood. Wood had two thirds and a fourth on the day which gave him the final place on the podium.
Pat Price and the rest of the Gloucester MXC put on another great meeting. The track was fully graded and watered heavily at the start of the day, which meant that the dust was kept under control without having to risk watering during the day. The many spectators that turned up to watch were treated to some very close racing, with many of the groups not being decided until the closing laps in the final moto’s.
Report and images by mxdave.com
Adam Harris, Mark Hook, Matthew Hitchman
Robert Clark, Stuart Keen, Liam Wright
John Collins, Bradley Priest, Callum Evans
Justin Brooks, Richard Davis, Wayne Vance
MX2 over 18 Juniors:
Adrian Witcombe, Sam Danaher, Craig Dowding
MX2 under 18 Juniors:
Andros Mota-Reed, Karl Gaulder, Jack Sarll
Lewis Stokes, Josh Plews, Daniel Urbain
Danny Finch, Oliver Vaughan, Scott Wood