Last Sunday saw Sedgley MXC hold the Sam Tustin Memorial Meeting. Sam was a well respected but quiet member of the Sedgley club who tragically lost his life with complications after a operation following a nasty fall during a motocross event earlier this year. To mark the event the club gave a special trophy to the top points scoring Sedgley rider in the juniors class, the first recipient of the award was Ian Parkes who maxed out with 180 points, the trophy was presented by Molly Tustin, Sam’s youngest daughter. Ian then returned the trophy to Molly so the family could have a permanent reminder of Sam’s association with the Sedgley Club.
Sunday morning saw bright clear skies which soon clouded over, this set the trend for the day with the occasional light shower. The track was well prepaired and well watered with all the rain that fell for most of Saturday. As practice got underway the riders were treated to generous amounts of roost kicked up off the tacky surface, this soon cleared leaving a very dry fast circuit which roughed up towards the end of the second block. Despite the fast racing there was only one red flag which came on the very last lap of the third inters race.
Kinver’s Dan Hill had a outstanding day double entering in both the MX1 and MX2 Expert classes on the appropriate machines, normally a tough task made more difficult by the MX1 race following straight after the MX2 race. Undeterred Dan claimed top spot in the MX1 class leading from the front in moto 1 then battling through the field in moto 2 to finish third, then having probably his best race of the day to storm through the field in moto 3 after a bad start to win giving him 170 points in total. Cannock’s Liam Hickinbottom claimed second spot despite finishing the day with a 3-1-2 for 164 points. Another Kinver rider Craig Chamberlain still recovering from a knee injury completed the podium with a 2-2-3 for 158 points.
In the MX2 class Dan was no match for Wolverhampton’s Ryan Morris who maxed out in all three races for 180 points, Dan was pushed all the way for second place by fellow Kinver rider James Shand who scored 151 points to Dan’s 154 points.
MX1 seniors saw a three way battle with no rider dominating the days racing. Sedgley’s own Anthony Jeavon’s came out on top with 4-1-2 for 161 points, second spot went to Teme Valleys Martyn Stancer who carded a 5-3-1 for 155 points and third went to Stratford Pyramids Steven Hill who scored 151 points from 2-4-3 finishes.
MX2 seniors was a bit more clear cut with Cannock’s Adam Llewellyn having a good days racing winning moto 1 then having two second places in moto’s 2 and 3 for 168 points. Stratford’s Stuart Tombs and young Tom Crump from the Teme Valley club battled it out for second spot with Stuart scoring 144 points to Toms 136 points.
As mentioned before Sedgley’s Ian Parkes maxed out in MX1 Juniors with 180 points, it was more of a close call for second place between Teme Valleys Mark Hancocks and one day licence entry Daniel Jones.
Mark edged it by 2 points scoring 153 to Daniels 151 points.
In the Juniors over 18 class Kinver’s new boy William Ford showed his intentions finishing the day with a return of 1-2-3 for 164 points, ten in front of Andy Butlin from the Midland Social who carded a 3-3-2.
Burtons Lee Rankin showed consistent form having three fourth places for 141 points.
In the under 18’s class it was a closer call at the top between Lewis ward from the Burntwood club and Jack Vincent from the Wolverhampton club, Lewis came out on top with a 1-1-2 finish to Jack’s 2-2-1
Thomas Hipkiss from Sedgley’s picked up third with 147 points after finishing the day with 3-3-4 finishes.
As a special treat the Sedgley club decided to award all inters juniors with a medal for competing on the day, Daniel Wise from the Wolverhampton club maxed out leading every race from the front for 180 points and only one point separated second place Liam Chilton from the Brierley Hill club and Kye Marshall from the Sedgley club finishing with 155 points and 154 points respectfully.
Well done to the Sedgley club for a professional and very well run meeting.
Report by Mark Watson