With another summer series of MX racing finally coming to an end it was time to have some fun, fun, fun at the East Kent SSC, as they held a pairs trophy meeting at Staplehurst. There was to be a little bit of a twist to all three blocks of racing which would test all the riders and would prove to be a meeting to suit all!
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So with the riders paired off racing got underway with a very amusing and interesting start indeed, but would there be any cheating going on? Who knows! One thing was for certain chief starter Mark Whittle was going to have an interesting day.
Kayden Algar and the rest of the Auto riders waited for the gates to drop, as their dads waited with the bikes a short distance away, Kayden took the win with Alfie Card second and Billy Carter in third. In race two Alfie found himself taking the chequered flag with Billy in second and Beau Gosnell in third who had so much fun riding his first ever race meeting and what a result also for the young lad to be paired up with rider Arron Jenner too. Kayden took the remaining win with Ellis Orchard hanging in there in second and Billy again third. Luke Sinden and Daniel Brooks made an excellent team as they both rode superbly gaining vital points along the way.
Ashley Surridge took the first win in the Juniors with fellow riders Jack Nixon and Bradley Smith in second and third. Who was going to take race two? As no one knew when or where a bout’s the chequered flag, may appear. Kieran Pilkington was taken back as he took the win with Alex Waghorne in second and John Yorke in third. It was nice to see all the Novice riders coming round the track up in front as they took advantage of the head start in the remaining block until Surridge pulled through taking the win with Adam Caroleo second and Rhys Cooper taking third.
What a start for Marni Saunders in the Small Wheels, leaving the boys behind as she headed round the first bend in race one. Ethan Winchester took the race win with second and third going to Nathan Turner-Whittle and Luke Horley. It makes you wonder how Mark Whittle managed the start and also hold his son’s bike at the same time with all the other dads. Taking the top three spots in race two were three very surprised lads, Harry Arnold, Lewis Ridd and Matt Maxted. Turner-Whittle claimed the win in race three with Horley moving up into second and Winchester third.
Connor Aldous and Connor Lynds fought hard in the Big Wheels with the lead changing between them during race one, with Lynds claiming the victory. Aldous took a well – deserved second with Jimmy Moore in third. The block two win went Joe Ellson’s way as Max Gower took second with Moore again in third. In the last outing Ellson again found himself taking a further win with Aldous again taking second, as for third place Moore was there yet again to claim his third of the day.
It must have been a test of the fittest in the Open group with some of our more mature riders being put through their paces especially when they had further to run to get to their bikes. Danny Birkby showed the oden’s how it’s done as he nailed it to the first bend taking the lead for a couple of laps until Arron Jenner and Joe Cundle powered through taking first and second with Danny having to settle with a well-earned third. It was a repeat of the previous race in race two but race three had a different result as the faster riders had to start the race a lap down. Michael Chesney secured the win as he held off Andrew Broadleigh in second and Chris O’Hara in third.
All credit must go to Grant Eaton in the Amx group as he was every inch the sharp dressed man donning a rather nice business suit, earning him some prize money which he donated to the Mark & Emma Hucklebridge charity instead. Matt Finch was out of the gates first mounting his bike and making his way to the first corner with Arron Jenner on his tail riding a Honda 150 Bw bike borrowed from Charlie Early. Jenner was up in front until Adam Cooper edge forward taking the win with Arron taking second with third going to Matt with his twin brother Scott in fourth. In the second block Matt moved up the field taking the win with John Stevens in second and Dave Capper taking third, But in the remaining block Dave rode his daughter’s Suzuki Sw 85 and did well to keep up with the bigger bikes to finish behind Stevens in first and Eaton in second.
Joe Russell chased Jack Norman all the way in race one of the Snr group to finish right on his tail as they took first and second with Charlie Cundle in third. Norman and Russell repeated their performance in race two with Oliver Speller in third. Dan Guy held onto his win in the last block with Russell again in second with Harry Sullivan in third.
The Veterans race proved to be very popular indeed helping to raise over £400 towards the Hucklebridge charity which kept the spectators glued to the track as they were surly well entertained as the golden oldies hit the track with John Eaton Snr looking for a win as he tried to hold onto his lead until Daryl Deadman pulled through to take the win with Tony Smith and Harry Speller in a well-deserved second and third. So for the overall top ten, well just take a look at the results.
Overall Top Ten Results:
1 Billy Carter & Jack Norman
2 Matt Finch & Jimmy Moore
Joint 2nd Luke Sinden & Daniel Brooks
3 Bradley Smith & Andrew Broadleigh
4 Kayden Algar & Michael Chesney
5 Jake Sinden & Connor Aldous
6 Adam Caroleo & Danny Birkby
7 Alfie Card & Mason Benyon
8 Beau Gosnell & Arron Jenner
9 Ollie Rippon & Joe Russell
10 Oliver Speller & Brook Chesney