After cancelling Rd 8 of their summer championship the week before, the EKSSC were looking to have some chill out time, by holding a fun day race meeting. But with the way the weather has been lately, it was no surprise that there was a change of venue once again, from Hollingbourne to Staplehurst. Speaking of the weather what a glorious day it turned out to be, with the sun making an appearance at last and the day remaining dry too.
Racing quickly got underway after the sighting laps; but could Rowan Hill make up his mind of which adult group to ride in? Well the answer to that one was no and ended up competing in both the Amx and the Open groups; which takes some doing to race all three blocks, in both groups, What a guy! Two blocks of racing were to run as normal with the third block being run in a reverse running order as the last placed rider started out first.
Rowan quickly stamped his mark in the Amx group in the first two blocks with Aston Day leading the way in block three. John Eaton put in a gutsy ride to pull through in second overall behind Hill. Sam Underhill claimed that third place after a superb run out within the top pack and fought hard to keep his placing. Luke Hayward enjoyed himself and rode well to finish in eighth overall; he must have been delighted with his finish.
Hill made a quick change over and was ready for the gates to drop in the Open group. He did well to keep well inside the top six positions especially as he was up against riders such as Tony Cuddy, George Baldwin, Arron Jenner and Brett Fisher. Baldwin secured the overall top spot with Cuddy slipping nicely into second with Fisher, who had never ridden at this particular track before securing himself a third overall moto finish. What was Adam Hawkins doing in the Open group and riding under # 57, has he jumped ship from usually riding in the Amx class?
First out as a combined group were the BW & SW groups, who were pretty impressive to watch as the SWs held their own. Albie Wilkie, Ethan Winchester and Tom Lockhart grabbed the top three spots with Billy Stevens, Aaron Pilcher and Tyler Kelly securing the top three places in the BWs. BW rider Harry Bullman rode superbly to grab a place in the top six; as did SW rider Kyle McGregor, who also rode superbly in the combined group to finish in the overall top ten.
The Auto and Junior groups also ran together as a combined group, riding the whole of the track at a superb pace. Our youngest riders of the two groups definitely showed that they had upped their game, proving to be quite a challenge. Bobby Bruce had played his cards right in the Autos, to secure the podium top spot with Jake Swann and Alfie Card securing the remaining second and third overalls. Jake Sinden bagged himself an overall moto in the Junior group with the Carter boys Billy and Ike finishing with him on the podium in second and third. Alexander Waghorne and Auto rider Jack Davey both rode well and came so close to finish in the top six in their rightful groups.
The Seniors were the last group to go and Ben Franklin was up front and having fun along the way, as he rode his way to a superb finish, to take the overall. Harley Rysedale and Brad Robinson joined in the fun in the front pack and managed to seal themselves a place on the podium in second and third overall. Nathan Bridgeland and Thom Harrison were just sitting outside the top six on equal points and battled hard in the middle pack of riders; giving Bridgeland seventh and Harrison eighth overall.
The high light of the day and the race that everyone had been waiting for was the veterans’ race which certainly proved to be entertaining indeed. There amongst the line-up was Swanley based Eastwood Racing’s very own Terry Fisher, looking every inch the pro rider with his Honda machine. As Tel and the other riders left the gates it was each man for himself, as they headed round the first bend to begin their ten minute race. Dan Arnold wowed the spectators with his entertaining moves and was well over the moon with his finish to take the crowning glory. Micky Cornish and Ian Fraser battled hard to catch Arnold but his stunts proved in possible to pass, resulting in them settling for a very well deserved second and third place. To all the high spirited dads and of course Claire Saunders who was the only mad woman out there a big well done for taking part in a very interesting and exciting race!
Reported By Tracey Whittam
Amx – 1Rowan Hill, 2 John Eaton, 3 Sam Underhill, 4 Matt Finch, 5 Nick Lynds, 6 Scott Finch
Open – 1 George Baldwin, 2 Tony Cuddy, 3 Brett Fisher, 4 Rowan Hill, 5 Kester Gibbons, 6 Kieran Clarke
BW – 1 Billy Stevens, 2 Aaron Pilcher, 3 Tyler Kelly, 4 Jak Baldwin, 5 Aaron Bloomfield, 6 Harry Bullman
SW – 1 Albie Wilkie, 2 Ethan Winchester, 3 Tom Lockhart, 4 Richie Martin, 5 Perry Galloway, 6 Charlie Burt
Auto – 1Bobby Bruce, 2 Jake Swann, 3 Alfie Card, 4 Harvey Fagg, 5 Luke Sinden, 6 Harrison Forde
JUN – 1 Jake Sinden, 2 Billy Carter, 3 Ike Carter, 4 Harry Preston, 5 Rhys Cooper, 6 Cameron Hayward
SNR – 1 Ben Franklin, 2 Harley Rysedale, 3 Brad Robinson, 4 James Johnson, 5 Dan Guy, 6 Ryan Hall
Veterans Race – 1 Dan Arnold, 2 Micky Cornish, 3 Ian Fraser