Regardless of whether its Pontrilas in the West or Whitby in the North East,the Wulfsport British Masters proves its popularity,attracting bumper entries and offering riders of all abilities the chance to compete on the countries top tracks.Venue for round three of the 2011 super series was the spectacular Skelder Bank circuit on the North Yorkshire coast and topping the bill was two of the countries current hottest moto cross stars,Brad Anderson and Elliott Banks-Browne.
Indeed the dynamic duo ensured that they did not disappoint their fans by ripping to maximum points in the respective Wulfsport Pro MX1 and MX2 classes.EBB also took out a ‘double’ entry to compete in MX1 and went onto earn 2nd overall,pushing ‘Ando’ very hard for several laps during moto two.Also starring at Whitby were Daniel Brough and Graddie Featherstone,both recording great unbeaten performances on their way to the GSP Race Products Amateur MX1 and Moto-Pro Suspension BW85cc class wins.
Back to Pro MX1 though,and it was Gert Krestinov who led the moto one charge before being passed by Brad Anderson.By lap nine,the determined Gert had been relegated down to 4th with both Elliott Banks-Browne and Stephen Sword charging hard and finding a way through.Three circuits later though and Gert’s race was over following a snapped chain.Upfront Anderson galloped onto another victory,nearly seven seconds ahead of EBB with Swordy 3rd,Graeme Irwin 4th,Bryan MacKenzie 5th and Nathan Parker 6th.
Adam Reynolds grabbed the moto two holeshot and even led the opening lap of the contest!.Was ‘Ando’ though about to suffer a rare defeat,circulating down in 6th and having to pass the likes of EBB,Swordy and Krestinov?.No way,and although Swordy even briefly took control of proceedings,by lap four Brad had hauled himself back up the leaderboard and into pole position and there he remained despite coming under some intense pressure from that man EBB!!.With Swordy eventually having to settle for 3rd,Krestinov was to loose out in a tough tussle for 4th with a very determined Nathan Parker who had initially gated in 10th.
Steven Clarke was fastest away in the first Wulfsport Pro MX2 clash at Whitby although by the completion of the opening lap,Elliott Banks-Browne was already in control.After slipping back to 2nd,Clarke was to then get sucked into a great four way tussle with Neville Bradshaw,Graeme Irwin and eventually the hard charging Bryan MacKenzie who had stormed up the leaderboard from an early 10th.Whilst EBB marched onto another MX2 win,Irwin took 2nd from Bradshaw,MacKenzie,Clarke and series leader Matthew Moffatt.
After initially holding 4th spot in MX2 moto two,Moffatt was to disappear from proceedings on lap eight as EBB again styled it to the win chased by Bryan Mac,Bradshaw and Clarke.Such was the pace of the front four that 5th placed Irwin was left to complete a rather lonely race after fighting off the determined challenges of Jamie Skuse and Luke Remmer.Representing the AMCA in the Pro classes,Brad Turner took 12th overall in MX1 whilst Sean Frayne and Carl Benjamin were top MX2 contestants,picking up 14th and 15th places respectively.
Rob Muscat(2),Jay Thomas and eventual overall winner Bryn Clarke all bagged moto victories in the Scott Acerbis MXY2 class at Whitby.Thomas though could only manage 8th in the final standings after a race three DNF. Series leader Dan Thornhill was again in very consistent form with a 3/3/2/2 scorecard and 2nd overall.
In Moto-Pro Suspension 85cc racing,BW series leader Curtis Blamey missed out on a podium place as Gradie Featherstone bagged a superb maximum points haul.Making his first Masters appearance of the year,Gradie was to lead home Rob Holyoake and Jordan Moxey.Over in SW85cc though,Henry Siddiqui extended his title chasing advantage by scorching to three moto wins and claiming the top podium step at Whitby with Bradley Malin in 2nd and Harry Linton 3rd.
The DK Off-Road Kawasaki contest created overall victories for Peter Wainwright(MX1) and Gareth Padgett (MX2).In MX1,Dale Brockhurst(2),Ryan Bruce and Wainwright shared the moto wins and the podium places.Over in MX2,Paul Neale had a disastrous start after making the long trip from Gloucestershire to Whitby.Despite briefly leading moto one,Paul was to record a DNF going out on just lap three.Although he did then bounce back and still bag 147 vital points,it was to still only earn him 6th overall behind winner Gareth Padgett,Lee Clarkson,Jamie Tranckle,Richard Gray and Adam Savage.The Whitby result also meant that Padgett had overhauled Neale and jumped into the series lead!!.
Michelin Masters racing at Whitby saw winners trophies going to Darren Fowden in MX1 and Jack Jones in MX2.Fowden(2),Tom Davies and Lee James bagged the moto wins in MX1 although it was to be Ben Thompson and Anthony Leather who featured on the podium with Fowden.The round three results was to also see Fowden move to the top of the MX1 Championship table as previous leader Paul Morgan,a non-starter at Whitby ,dropped down to 7th.
Jack Jones recorded three moto wins on his way to a richly deserved Michelin MX2 top slot at Whitby.Jack’s only defeat occurred in moto two of the contest when he had to chase eventual overall runner-up Emerson Jones home.Ensuring he maintained his current Championship lead,Jamie Thompstone took 3rd overall in MX2 at the North Yorkshire circuit.
Take a bow Mr Daniel Brough!!,who aboard his 250cc two-stroke KTM took on and beat all of the 450F four-stroke thumpers in the GSP Race Products Amateur MX1 class.Daniel picked up that victory in blistering fashion,by winning all four Whitby motos!!.Taking 2nd overall was AMCA MX1 Championship rider Aaron Crowder having a rare Masters outing whilst Michael Smith was 3rd.In Raceworld.com Amateur MX2,Zac Stealey could well have mirrored Brough’s unbeaten achievement,winning three out of four motos.However it all went wrong for Zac in race two with a DNF,going out of proceedings on lap six.Victor on that occasion was to be Ricky Lethaby who also went onto claim the top podium step ahead of Edward Briscoe and Aled Bellis.At present,Lethaby is also a deserved leader of the Amateur MX2 title standings.
With Richard Tindale bagging a maximum points haul on his way to Amateur Non-Qualifiers glory,the Wulfsport Masters series riders can now look forward to their next round.Following the spectacular Whitby venue,its just keeps getting better and better with a trip to the famous Foxhills venue,avoid being disappointed and get your entries in fast!!.
Mike Wood (www.moto-action.co.uk)