After a hugely successful opening round at Milton MX Park three weeks ago, the ACU British Youth Nationals Series moves on to Salters Lane Motoparc in Lincolnshire this weekend, for round two of the premier British youth championship.
Salters Lane is a hard pack track that features tabletops, whoops, step-downs, and a range of different corners that will challenge all classes and all abilities. Safety is also a major factor in the track choice this season, with Salters Lane ticking all the boxes for fast, exciting and, most importantly, safe racing.
In the open class Dan Thornhill and Brad Todd will be looking to reduce the championship lead of Liam Garland, who dominated last time out on his Kawasaki KXF250 to take the overall win.
It was another Kawasaki that took the honours in the BW85cc class, with Todd Kellett racking up three wins on Saturday and two second places on Sunday to leave the opening round at the top of the championship standings. Kellett took 219 points, with Josh Coleman and Robert Yates second and third on 194 and 189 points respectively.
The Honda Xtreme Academy podium was also closely fought, with Josh Gilbert’s two wins on Sunday giving him the advantage over Adam Day and Michael Ellis.
Taylor Hamal emerged as the stand out rider in SW85cc class. Riding the Pope Racing KTM and carrying number 23, he took four out of the five wins to lead the championship by 28 points from Alexander Brown and Keenan Hird.
In 65cc junior Christopher Mills and Gary Ashley were separated by just 15 points at the end of two days of racing, but it was in the Auto class that the competition was closest. Louie Kessel took victory with 219 points, barely a whisker ahead of Bobby Bruce’s 210, and Jack Grayshon’s 202. The individual victories were shared between Kessel, who took three, and Bruce, who took the other two events.
“We got the ACU British Youth Nationals Series off to a fantastic start at Milton MX Park, with some brilliant racing over the two days, but we’re not about to rest on our laurels,” declared Gareth Hockey, Director of RHL Activities. “We’ll be going all out this weekend to make round two even better than the opening round, both for the riders and their families.”
“We picked up a lot of good ideas from both the riders and their families last time out and some of those ideas we’ll start implementing this weekend. This is important, because working in partnership with the riders and their families is the best way to return the British Youth Nationals Series to what it once was; a breeding ground for future world champions.”
“I’m looking forward to another great weekend of close and exciting racing and I’m sure the same is true of everyone coming to Salters Lane for round two of the ACU British Youth Nationals Series.”