Over the Easter weekend, the EKSSC, held a two day race meeting at the well prepared Chippenham track; some pure moto cross entertainment was well and truly in store. A big thank you must go to Julian and all of his hard working team, as they all did more than enough to make the weekend run smoothly!
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With the Sunday’s racing also being the fourth round of the club’s summer championship; meant that it was where the best of the racing action was going to take place. Open rider Ben Crane was certainly looking to up his game, after his win on the Saturday; as did little Billy Carter in the Junior group who took a superb hole shot; his first since moving up.
Running in the same order as on the Saturday meant that the Senior class would be first out of the gates; what an aggressive get-away it was as they all tore down the straight and into the first bend. Young Levi May took a blinder of a hole shot that was breath taking to watch with Dan Guy just sneaking through for the lead. Ben Franklin and Ben Spill tried hard to hunt him down, but Guy managed to secure his long awaited win and punched the air as he did his lap of honour. Even though Franklin was cruelly robbed of a race win his 2-2-2 finishes put him in pole position for the group overall with Connor Dennis in second and Spill taking the remaining overall position after working hard to secure the result.
Junior Thomas was going to be the rider to watch in the Adult groups as he was riding in both the Open and Amx groups. What good stammer he must have to finish in five out of six blocks, after bike trouble meant he had to miss the second Amx race. In the Open class he secured a well-earned fourth overall with his superb 3-6-4 finishes sealing it. Up in front in third and second were Craig Bliss and Ryan Matthews; all three lads did well as they tussled with each other to try and catch Tony Cuddy, who was going great guns and powered his way to a cracking victory.
Jamie Austin-Carter took a clean sweep in the Amx for the group overall which was great to see, as Grant Martin, Rowan Hill and the rest of the front pack pushed hard for the podium finishes. Martin and Hill finished alongside him in the remaining places after such an intense battle, between John Eaton, Piers Skinner, Dave Fearne and Adam Cooper. What pure entertainment!
Jake Swann did well in the Autos to hang on to his group overall result as Raife Broadley took the win in block two, to claim second overall with Alfie Card battling hard with the lads, to finish in overall third. East Anglia rider Thomas Powell did well in only his third outing at club level. Well done little man! Harvey Fagg is improving his riding ability in leaps and bounds staying consistent throughout finishing fourth in all three blocks.
The track seemed to suit Ashley Surridge in the Junior class, as he powered his way to a superb group overall. He certainly rode out of his skin for the result, as he had the Carter boys on his tail; and when both Surridge and Ike Carter both crashed out, it was breath taking to watch the lads work their way up the field. Ike just got the edge over his cousin Billy to take second overall with Billy in third.
The adrenalin rush in our younger groups has never been more intense than it is right now as the youngsters battle for those all-important championship points. Tom Borrett and Tom Lockhart were on the case once again in the SWs, staying within reach of finishing on the podium with their 2-7-1 and 3-2-9 placings. What a combination! Ethan Winchester stayed out in front in the first two outings and finished third in the final block after he was put through his paces by Borrett and Ashdon Manktelow in second. It was a brilliant race to watch, with Winchester doing enough to secure the group overall. A well-earned overall top ten for Bradley Dowdall didn’t go unnoticed; as he was consistent throughout; as well as making brilliant progress within the group.
Callum Heasman in the BWs kept his eye on visitor Connor Hughes who proved to be a tough contender amongst the group. The boys certainly had some fun fighting for the top spot with Connor just getting the edge for the overall. Jak Baldwin also added to the pressure, becoming very much one of the front runners; as the overall results show. Joe Ellson Kept the revs up; taking not only fourth place in all three motos, but a well-deserved fourth overall.
At every meeting Mick of DestinationMX turns up in his spares van to provide an excellent service to club members and visiting riders. He works hard as ever changing tyres etc. as well as running his business in sunny East Sussex. But after some long hard thoughts, Mick has decided to move up north and relocate his business in Manchester; but there’s no need to panic as he will continue to travel the distance to support the club and provide his services. HOWEVER even though Mick and his business are moving location, there is a new owner taking over the East Sussex shop.
Many of you may know Rhys Harrison who has now taken over the business under a new name as from the 1st May. PROMX is based in: 18b Tower Road, St Leonards on sea, East Sussex, TN37 6JE or alternatively you can ring: 01424 439767 or on website to follow www.promx.co.uk This is certainly an exciting prosperous adventure for Rhys; who can’t wait to see his first customers walk through the doors. So come on guys please pop down and support Rhys as I’m sure he would appreciate your custom as well as seeing your friendly faces!
Reported By Tracey Whittam, Photos by Ann Cooper
SNR – 1 Ben Franklin, 2 Connor Dennis, 3 Ben Spill, 4 Jake Fry, 5 Daniel Clarke, 6 Franke Brown
Open – 1 Tony Cuddy, 2 Ryan Matthews, 3 Craig Bliss, 4 Junior Thomas, 5 Luke Lewis, 6 Paul Burr
AMX – 1 Jamie Austin-Carter, 2 Grant Martin, 3 Rowan Hill, 4 Piers Skinner, 5 Dave Capper, 6 Adam Cooper
Auto – 1 Jake Swann, 2 Raife Broadley, 3 Alfie Card, 4 Harvey Fagg, 5 Luke Sinden, 6 Tom Ovenden
JNR – 1 Ashley Surridge, 2 Ike Carter, 3 Billy Carter, 4 Jake Sinden, 5 Cameron Hayward, 6 Ben Hession
SW – 1 Ethan Winchester, 2 Tom Borrett, 3 Tom Lockhart, 4 Luke Horley, 5 Michael Eggett, 6 Charlie Burt
BW – 1 Connor Hughes, 2 Callum Heasman, 3 Jak Baldwin, 4 Joe Ellson, 5 Owen Woodley, 6 Billy Stevens