Peterborough Junior Motocross Club held a very special meeting at the weekend. The meeting was in honour of Stuart Chapman, the father of two of the clubs long standing members, who sadly passed away a year ago well before his time after a battle with cancer. A huge number of riders and friends turned out to pay their respects to Stuart and support the Chapman family. The meeting also incorporated round 10 of the club championship and a round of the NGR over 35 championship. With 200 riders, a perfectly prepared track, superb weather and an emotionally charged atmosphere it was an incredible day.The day started with a parade lap for long standing friends of the Chapman’s to pay their respects to Stuart led by one of his sons, Richard.
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The auto class was once again stacked with 23 riders on the gate and plenty of talent. Benjamin Parry was in superb form storming to the first race win. Jason Edwards was also very much on the pace coming home in second spot. Mini warrior Tom White also fought hard to come home in third. In the second race in was Ben again who took the win, but this time it was a flying Jacob Clifton who came home second with Tom White just behind in third. In the last race in was Tom who got away at the front held it for a great win with Jason in second and a rapid Pacey Forsdike in third. Ben, the winner of the first two races had a slip but managed to come back to 5th which was just enough for the overall win!
In the junior 65’s Dillon Fitzpatrick kicked the day of in style with a great first race win. Lewis Huckerby looked strong all day and followed Dillon home in second place with a rapid Ryan Allison in third place. In the second race Callum Mitchell put his first race nightmare behind him and blitzed to the win. He was followed home by Dillon in second and Luke Everett in third. In the final race Callum was once again unstoppable and took the win with Ryan second. Dillon came home third which was plenty to take the overall win.
The racing was fierce throughout the field in the large group of Small Wheel 85’s. Tommie Schofield didn’t mess about with three superb performances and the first maximum of the day to his credit. Austin Eary was also in fine form and pushed Tommie every step of the way, finishing in second place in all three races. Last man on the podium was the supermoto star Ashley Rudd showing he’s also a very talented Motocross rider with three third place finishes in this competitive group.
In the Big Wheel 85’s the first race was a two horse race between Max Hind and Jordan Pasquale who both had phenomenal pace. Max took the lead by the second corner and headed home for the win with Jordan a close second. Russell Cramp pushed hard all race and took third place. In the second race it was Max and Jordan battling shoulder to shoulder again until Max went down hard on a fast sweeping corner pretty much putting and end to his day. Jordan was then unstoppable taking the win in both this race and the final race for a well deserved overall victory. Russell took a hard fought third place just behind Taylor Eary in the second race and second in the final race which was plenty for second overall. Harry Mills also turned on the style in race three taking third place for his efforts.
The youth 125’s saw some great racing throughout the day. In race one young Jack Gregory put in an amazing holeshot and took the early lead followed by Elliot Hadman and Jordan Hind. Within a few laps Elliot and Jordan had got past and were having a battle of their own. Jordan piled on the pressure and passed Elliot at half distance and held it for the win. In race two Elliot got the holeshot followed by Jordan. Once again Jordan shadowed Elliot until he seized the opportunity to blast passed and headed home for win number two. Once again Elliot held second with Jack going well for third place. In the final race it was déjà vu with Elliot out front and Jordan just behind. This time Jordan got past on the first lap and started to pull a gap until he made a mistake late in the race and went down leaving Elliot to head home for victory with Jack second and Aaron Edwards in third place.
The superfast Adult under 35 group saw some fierce racing throughout the pack. Harry Noakes started the day well with a race win, but he was pushed all the way by a very strong Sean Smith who came home in second and impressive Richard Chapman in third. Race two was all about Richard Chapman !Not only did he blitz the field on his two stroke he took a very emotional win on a very special day for him and his family and I think everyone in the paddock was absolutely pumped for him – I certainly was ! Sean came home in second again with Harry in third place. In the final race Harry was unstoppable taking the win and overall followed once again by Sean and Richard.
In the PJMC Over 35’s it was the phenomenal Darren Murfitt who took his customary position at the front of every race and took three comfortable wins. Second spot went to Mr 100% ,Anthony Hilton, who always gives it everything he has making it fun to watch. There was a great battle for third and fourth between Robert Hands and Michael Leech with Robert just having the edge and taking third overall.
Finally the NGR over 35’s saw some of the closest racing of the day. Lee Keyton fought hard in race one and took the win followed by Dave Whitehead and Matthew Eley. In race two and three it was Steve Bottoms who came home first and just managed to take the overall from Dave Whitehead by a solitary point.
All in all a superb days racing and an awesome event finishing with a very emotional presentation and a significant amount of money being raised for several cancer charities on behalf of the Chapman family….. Brilliant!
Next meeting 19th Sept
Autos: 1 Benjamin Parry, 2 Tom White, 3 Jason Edwards, 4 Jacob Clifton, 5 Pacey Forsdike, 6 Adam Wilson
Juniors: 1 Dillon Fitzpatrick, 2 Lewis Huckerby, 3 Callum Mitchell, 4 Ryan Allison, 5 Luke Everett, 6 Bailey Clifton
SW 85: 1 Tommie Schofield, 2 Austin Eary, 3 Ashley Rudd, 4 Connor Cramp, 5 Harvey South, 6 Eton Williams
BW 85: 1 Jordan Pasquale, 2 Russell Cramp, 3 Harry Mills, 4 Taylor Eary, 5 Max Pinney, 6 George Hunter
Youth 125’s: 1 Elliot Hadman, 2 Jack Gregory, 3 Jordan Hind, 4 Aaron Edwards, 5 Zak rule, 6 Reece Morter
Adults: 1 Harry Noakes, 2 Sean Smith, 3 Richard Champman, 4 Robert Flaherty, 5 Billy King, 6 Mark Rudd
Over 35 Adults: 1 Darren Murfitt, 2 Anthony Hilton, 3 Robert Hands, 4 Michael Leech, 5 Bill Brooks, 6 Mark Edwards
NGR over 35’s: 1 Steve Bottoms, 2 Dave Whitehead, 3 Matthew Eley, 4 Lee keyton, 5 Steve Gilbey, 6 Mark Sandle