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Clean sweep for Ben Watson at Red Bull Elite Youth Cup

Clean sweep for Ben Watson at Red Bull Elite Youth Cup

Ben Watson shows the championship red plate - Image by Red Bull Pro Nationals/ Ian Roxborough

Round 5 at Hawkstone saw another fantastic weekend of racing from the Red Bull Elite Youth Cup riders as they tackled the rough, tough track of Hawkstone. The Rookie class even went up the famous Hawkstone Hill.

The Big Wheel class became the Ben Watson show as he took yet another clean sweep and now has a near unattainable lead of 282 points over second place man Robert Davidson, who jumped ahead of Fraser Viner in the series standings. Viner was unable to compete in three of the races but had been on form in the first two with two second place finishes. Nathan Dixon kept it consistent never placing out of the top 6 and bagged himself 2nd overall for his efforts. Matt Callaghan placed third overall but would have been one step higher if he had not had a DNF in race 2 but showed he had the speed and was certainly in his element as the track got rougher. Robert Davidson had a consistent weekend and took fourth overall and has now moved up the point’s ladder in to second place. Tom Neal and Liam Knight showed a great turn of speed but couldn’t quite get the results they wanted in all five races but these guys will still go home happy as Neal took fifth overall and Knight sixth.

1st Ben Watson
2nd Nathan Dixon
3rd Mathew Callaghan
4th Robert Davidson
5th Tom Neal
6th Liam Knight

The Small Wheel class saw some epic racing throughout the whole weekend with four different race winners with Jay Hague taking the first and fifth, Sid Evans the second race, William Keogh the third and Jordan Eccles the fourth.. Hague was out front in all three of the first three races on Saturday but a few small offs on this tricky Hawkstone course cost him. Keogh continued his good form into Sunday by taking a second in race four with Jordan Eccles stepping up and getting the race win. Sid Evans continued to gather as many points as possible with a solid third place. Race 5 had Jay Hague back in winning form as he took the final win of the day and put himself in 2nd overall. Will Keogh continued as Mr Consistent and took another second, ending the day with three second places, one win and a third to take his first overall victory. Sid Evans keeps hold of the red plate with third on the day and is now 131 points ahead of Jay Hague going into the penultimate round at Desertmartin.

1st Will Keogh
2nd Jay Hague
3rd Sid Evans
4th Jack Carpenter
5th Jordan Eccles
6th Mitchel Lewis

The 65cc class was very nearly a clean sweep for Alexander Brown who dominated the first four races. In the last race though Brown had a shocker of a start and finished the first lap in 33rd place. Not one to give up he battled his way through to fourth making up three places on the very last lap. Brown walks away with the overall from Manx lad Jed Etchells who was as always, in superb form, taking three second place finishes, one fourth and a race win. Dylan Woodcock kept his title fight alive after having a shocker of a first race by his standards with a seventh, but made up for it with two seconds and two third place finishes giving him third overall. Oliver Consterdine, Christopher Mills and Colin Scott battled it for the remaining places with Consterdine coming out on top with fourth, Mills with fifth and Scott rounding out the top six. This class definitely impressed the thousands of fans on site as they tackled the extremely rough course on the smallest of all the bikes.

1st Alexander Brown
2nd Jed Etchells
3rd Dylan Woodcock
4th Oliver Consterdine
5th Christopher Mills
6th Colin Scott

The Rookie class had some extremely close racing between Paul Coates, Jamie McCanney and Nathan Watson all weekend long, with wins for all three. McCanney was the man to capitalise the most having taken two race wins, a second and a third. Coates, fresh from his moto win at Lorretta Lynn’s, looked set to try and take the overall, but in the last race whilst in the lead it was cruelly taken away from him due to a mechanical failure, resulting in a DNF. However, he had done enough in the other races to still take second overall. Watson would have been in contention as well but for a DNF in race 4. Tommy Alba was extremely consistent with four fifth place finishes and a third in the final moto to bag third overall. The Rookie class boys also had to contend with the infamous Hawkstone Hill and ,even more scary, the decent! But all coped with it with relative ease! The championship standings have now shifted once again as McCanney is on a winning streak with three victories from the last three rounds making him the new series leader, 24 points ahead of Nathan Watson and James Dunn in third. Dunn had an OK weekend by his standards with sixth overall but is slipping out of contention slightly as McCanney and Watson get stronger.

1st Jamie McCanney
2nd Paul Coates
3rd Tommy Alba
4th Nathan Watson
5th Jake Millward
6th James Dunn


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