Report and Gallery from BSMA GT Cup

The third round of the BSMA GT Cup took place over the weekend at the world famous Foxhills Grand Prix track in Wiltshire, amid some of the worst weather conditions of the summer.

There is no doubt that the weather has been a major protagonist for all the national championships this year, and this event presented the organisers with another severe challenge. Heavy rain during Friday and overnight into Saturday led the organisers to change the course and race order, and both decisions proved to be inspired and fully justified, as the resulting racing on Saturday was excellent in all groups. Further heavy overnight rain on Saturday led to more meetings for the organisers with the track and medical teams on Sunday morning, and reluctantly the decision was made to abandon racing. The results for this round are based on the two motos on Saturday.

The MX1group got proceedings underway, with championship leader Tony Cuddy having problems in moto 1 leading to a last place finish, but by finishing he still scored enough points to retain the championship lead. Harry McKenna put in a strong race in the heavy conditions to take the moto. The first race of the day showed that riders were finding a remarkable level of grip in spite of the apparent muddy conditions. Championship 2nd place Matthew Thomas rode solidly for 2nd in the moto, and Adam Cooke took 3rd. Moto 2 produced a completely different result, with Dominic Foreman taking the win from Mark Young and Tony Cuddy. Thomas and McKenna kept their championship aspirations alive with the next two places.

The MX2 class has witnessed some great racing this year between Sebastian Osbourne and Aaron Jenner. Jenner was not racing at Foxhills and Seb took full advantage to nail maximum points in both motos, winning the first with a full 30 seconds lead. Lee Foyle improved his championship position with runner up spot in moto 1 just edging out Chuck Davies at the line. Chuck took runner up in Moto 2 with Ryan Williams third. The results put Seb Osbourne as the now clear favourite for the championship.

In the very popular 125cc class, the man to beat has been Rickie Roderick, after scoring maximum points by winning all the motos in the first two rounds. He proved equally dominant in the conditions at Foxhills, taking both motos comfortably. Suzuki GB rider Keaton Butler improved his championship position with a strong performance and 2nd place in both motos. Ryan Butler and Danny Lanfear took third place in motos 1 and 2 respectively, and following problems for championship 2nd place man Callum Sloman, Danny now moves up to 2nd in the championship.

The MXY2 group had the notable absence of championship leader Ben Putnam, and 2nd in the championship Daniel Maxey took full advantage by producing two very smooth rides to win both motos and take the overall lead in the championship. Jay Thomas was the only rider to offer any challenge to Daniel, taking second place in both motos keeping him very much in the challenge for the championship title. Jack Timms put in two solid races to take third on the day.

With conditions improving, and confidence improving in the track, the Big Wheels produced some fine racing in a class where it is never easy to predict a winner. David Keet took the race 1 holeshot and there was a really good tussle with Rob Yates for the lead. Yates forced his way to the front at mid distance, and Keet settled for solid championship points in 2nd. Championship leader Josh Coleman consolidated his lead with third in Moto 1 and victory in moto 2, closely followed by Keet and Yates, with just seconds separating these three. Henry Williams moves to second in the championship following two fourth places.

The small wheel championship now has a clear favourite, with Henry Siddiqui taking two comfortable wins to move ahead of Albie Wilkie. Alex Walton produced two excellent rides to take runner up in both motos and radically improve his championship position after missing the 2nd round. In moto 1 third place was Aaron Gordon, and Harry Pritchard took third in moto 2. Ethan Winchester put in two consistent rides for fourth place in both motos and took the third spot on the podium for the day.

The Junior class did the same course as all of the bigger classes, and proved the Foxhills track held no fear for them. Regan Brookes put in dominant performances to take race 1 by 16 seconds. With the improving conditions in moto 2, he went 6 seconds a lap quicker, to win by 43 seconds, and those results move him to the overall lead in the championship. Callum Beeken took second overall on the day with a 3rd and 2nd place finish, while Ryan Rowlands was third overall with a 2nd and 4th place.

In the Autos championship, six riders were covered by just 28 points going into the event, and with 45 points for a moto win, these guys gave it everything, showing no fear attacking the intimidating jumps. Championship leader Bobby Bruce took the first moto, but problems in the second moto left him in 8th. Louis Kessell put in two solid motos to take runner up spot in both, and that gave him the overall win on the day, leading now by one point from Bobby Bruce. Toby Potter went into the event in third in the championship, but problems in moto 1 left him 8th. He recovered to win moto 2 and keep in touch with the leading two in the championship. Harvey James and Vinnie Guthrie finished joint second on points on the day with excellent rides from both.

The BSMA GT Cup now moves to the fabulous track at Landrake for round 4, with the organisers and riders all hoping for improvements to the weather to allow them to do justice this excellent championship.

Results
BSMA GT Cup – Foxhill – 7th July 2012
Autos
1 1 LOUIE KESSELL 86 43 43
2 11 VINNIE GUTHRIE 80 39 41
3 15 HARVEY JAMES 80 41 39
4 10 TOBY POTTER 78 33 45
5 79 BOBBY BRUCE 78 45 33
6 22 CHARLIE HEYMAN 72 35 37
7 99 JACK GRAYSHON 71 37 34
8 5 BILLY DUKE 69 34 35
9 61 ALFIE CARD 59 32 27
10 24 MAX HADDON 58 28 30

Juniors
1 41 REGAN BROOKES 90 45 45
2 02 CALLUM BEEKEN 84 41 43
3 110 RYAN ROWLANDS 82 43 39
4 3 RYAN MUNDELL 73 39 34
5 90 DOMINIC LANCETT 72 31 41
6 42 WILLIAM WHEELER 67 34 33
7 93 DANIEL SULTANA 66 29 37
8 29 JASON DOWN 66 35 31
9 17 IKE CARTER 65 33 32
10 99 REECE MARTIN 61 32 29

SW
1 131 HENRY SIDDIQUI 90 45 45
2 19 ALEX WALTON 86 43 43
3 88 ETHAN WINCHESTER 78 39 39
4 60 AARON GORDON 76 41 35
5 67 HARRY PRITCHARD 75 34 41
6 2 JACK BOOKER 74 37 37
7 62 COREY COOMBES 69 35 34
8 161 AIDEN WILLIAMS 63 32 31
9 441 RITCHIE MARTIN 62 29 33
10 58 JC VERDUGO 61 31 30

BW
1 66 JOSH COLEMAN 86 41 45
2 4 ROBERT YATES 86 45 41
3 555 DAVID KEET 86 43 43
4 15 HENRY WILLIAMS 78 39 39
5 91 CHARLIE PUTNAM 74 37 37
6 217 JOSH BUNTER 69 34 35
7 63 OLIVER BENTON 69 35 34
8 21 LEWIS DOWDESWELL 65 32 33
9 151 JOE TOBUTT 61 29 32
10 10 MICHAEL ELLIS 59 30 29

125cc
1 9 RICKIE RODERICK 90 45 45
2 96 KEATON BUTLER 86 43 43
3 7 DANNY LANFEAR 78 37 41
4 204 RYAN BUTLER 75 41 34
5 146 JORDAN KING 74 39 35
6 93 PAUL WILLIS 72 35 37
7 72 ROB HOLYOAKE 71 32 39
8 126 JASON WELLS 66 34 32
9 210 LEE TRUMAN 64 31 33
10 26 DAN BRITTON 60 30 30

MXY2
1 14 DANIEL MAXEY 90 45 45
2 74 JAY THOMAS 86 43 43
3 28 JACK TIMMS 80 41 39
4 58 TONY SAUNDERS 76 35 41
5 156 TOBY HARKNESS 71 37 34
6 6 JOHN WAGHORNE 68 33 35
7 49 KARL HAYCOCK 66 34 32
8 52 CHRISTOPHER GRINDLE 62 32 30
9 4 RYAN FELLOWES 61 28 33
10 37 CONNOR DENNIS 60 29 31

MX2
1 13 SEBASTIAN OSBORNE 90 45 45
2 102 CHUCK DAVIES 84 41 43
3 145 LEE FOYLE 82 43 39
4 65 RYAN WILLIAMS 80 39 41
5 207 MATT ALLEN 74 37 37
6 99 CODY LING 70 35 35
7 43 PIERS SKINNER 67 34 33
8 444 JAMIE TRANCKLE 65 33 32
9 301 SHAUN SOUTHGATE 64 30 34
10 5 STEVIE GESNER 61 32 29
MX1
1 121 DOMINIC FOREMAN 84 39 45
2 20 HARRY MCKENNA 82 45 37
3 429 MATTHEW THOMAS 82 43 39
4 372 ADAM COOK 75 41 34
5 117 MARK YOUNG 74 31 43
6 331 ALAN PEARCE 70 37 33
7 51 DAN JOHNSON 69 34 35
8 333 TONY CUDDY 68 27 41
9 19 FRANKIE BENNETT 62 32 30
10 177 TOM ALLEN 62 33 29

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