Weather again was on everyone’s mind for the next club round at Rhynie on 15th July. However it managed to clear up just enough to let the racing go ahead, all be-it with slightly cooler temperatures than the last round.
From the success of Round 4 of the SMXF Nationals on 16th/17th June, the riders were eager to get the days racing under way.
There was a good turn out again, with 90 riders competing over the days races. With the Marshalls in their positions, spectators at the ready, and riders ready to race, the race day began.
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The Autos started the first race of the day, and with Reece Dawson taking the hole shot in Race 1, it looked like it would be a good race between Reece and Logan Hendry for the lead. Unfortunately Reece had to pull out of the first race due to his chain snapping, leaving Logan to take the lead and race win.
In the C’s, with 31 bikes on the line, the first to the hole shot could have been anyone’s, but Ian Souter was again on form, taking a good lead over Sean Rennie, to win the 1st race of the day.
21 riders in the B’s, which also saw Tony Craig taking part in, to gain more bike time, Tony was not scoring in this class, but it did also give the B riders the challenge of competing alongside Tony. Ash Darling took the lead ahead of Jack Taylor, but as the 2nd lap started, Jack managed to take lead and the race win.
A’s next and with 10 of them, the battle between the riders was close. Tony Craig led the pack, with Jamie George in 2nd. Jamie rode well in the first race and managed to keep Aidan Bruce back to take 2nd place, Aidan took 3rd. Grant Fraser’s race day was over due to him twisting his knee and damaging his ligaments.
With only 5 riders in the 125’s, the first lap was a battle to see who would get the lead. Robert Smith was over the line in 1st place, followed by Sean Greig, but David Smith managed to get himself to 2nd position. Over the line, David managed to gain the lead from Robert, both had a good battle, but resulted in Robert taking the lead and the race win.
85’s Big and Small Wheel up next, and these classes were run together. Ben Edwards emerged as the leader for the Big Wheels. He was riding well and took the lead on Reece Robertson early in the race, to eventually win the race, with Reece taking 2nd place. Dylan Carnegie in the Small Wheels raced well and battled with Ben Edwards in the beginning, and took the race win over RJ MacKenzie in 2nd.
The 5 65’s riders did not disappoint in their first race either, neither did the parents support at the side of the track, and with Owen Hendry taking the lead from the start, over Jake McLeod, Owen managed to hold his own and took the race win.
Dark clouds started to roll in for Race 2 for the Autos, but didn’t have any effect on Reece Dawson, who managed to get his chain fixed in time, to take the lead. Connor Stewart fell off on the table top, but was soon up and away again. Reece took the race win from Logan Hendry.
Lee Elrick took an early lead in the 2nd C race, with Amos McMullan right behind him but by the 2nd lap, Barry Hendry took the lead over Amos, who was trying to fend off Ian Souter. Barry Hendry took the race win.
Darren Smith got an unexpected hole shot for the B’s 2nd race, but fell off at the 2nd corner, giving the lead and race win to Ash Darling, with Jack Taylor in 2nd place. Darren fought his way back to take 13th place.
With the start of the A’s, the heaven’s opened, and everyone took cover. The lashing rain did nothing to slow Tony Craig down, who led the race from Simon Downing. Aaron McCarroll had a good race, and managed to take 2nd place, ahead of Simon in 3rd.
Robert Smith again took the lead for the 125’s in race 2, taking a good lead over David Smith. Sean Greig came off before he crossed the line, but soon made the time back up. Robert took the race win, with David again taking 2nd position.
Heavy rain again, but this time for the 85’s, but Ben Edwards again took the lead, and battled with Reece Robertson. It was not to be again this time for Reece, who took 2nd place, with Ben in 1st for the Big Wheels. RJ MacKenzie had a good battle with Dylan Carnegie, and managed to hold him off to take the win for the Small Wheels.
The 65’s turn again and Owen Hendry was over the line and in the lead, with Adam Scott riding well and taking 2nd place. Owen took the race win.
For the last race of the day for all the classes, the heavens let rip again, but it certainly did nothing to dampen spirits!
Reece Dawson took the race win for the Autos, finishing the day in 7th place overall.
Ian Souter was back on form in the C’s, and took the race win and 1st place overall for the day.
Jack Taylor took the 3rd race win for the B’s, and 1st place overall. Ash Darling took 2nd place, and came 2nd overall on the day.
For the A’s, Tony Craig once again took the 3rd race win and 1st place overall, with Jamie George taking 2nd place overall.
Robert Smith clearly had a good race day, by winning the 3rd race, and also taking 1st place overall.
In the 85 Big Wheels, Ben Edwards took the race win, and 1st place overall. RJ MacKenzie, in the Small Wheels, also followed suit, to take 1st place overall on the day.
Owen Hendry had a clean sweep on the day taking all 3 race wins and 1st place overall. Adam Scott took 2nd overall for the day.
Despite the heavy rain during the afternoon, there was still a good turnout of riders and spectators, and a good days racing was had by all.
The next Club Round is scheduled for 29th July.
By Katrina Wilson
Results for the day as follows:
125 (school boys)