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The fantastic all weather Armthorpe Park held up superbly despite heavy overnight rain and NSMXC was able to run 3 full blocks of excellent racing while many other clubs were forced to cancel.
The ever-popular Adult over 35’s were first out and it was to Darren Appleyard that the first of the days many maximums was awarded. He showed true style in the morning’s difficult going to stretch out an unassailable lead for a comfortable win. A performance he was to repeat twice more in the afternoon. In the first two blocks he was chased by Mark Bland for second and Simon Sparrow in third. These two swapped positions in the final heat.
The Small & Big wheels ran a combined race today and local SW rider; Jason Moore showed most of the Big wheels the way round! It wasn’t until the last lap that Jason, under relentless pressure from BW rider, Ben Huckerby, lost the lead and eventually second place also too another Big wheeler, Jordan Wills. Jack Gower was a distant 3rd in this group. Adam Johnson and James Miles came home 2nd and 3rd for the Small wheelers.
Their second block again saw a ding-dong between Ben and Jason but in this race Ben got the lead much earlier and able to pull away from this fast young fellow. Wills again came home in second with Jack holding onto 3rd. Club rider Matt Harrison pulled his finger out in this block as he secured 2nd spot in the Small wheels ahead of Johnson.
In the final race Jamie Scott had sorted out his earlier starting problems as he charged into the first corner alongside Ben, he took the early lead but he cased the bomb hole and dropped to 3rd in the race and 2nd Big wheel. Ben again held off the challenge from Moore, and Wills, with sand in his eyes, gamely held onto 3rd spot for second overall. Jack Gower couldn’t improve on 4th, which left him and Scott on equal points – the final podium spot going to Jamie for having the better last race position.
Matt also held off Johnson for a fine 2nd and again it was his last race position that gave him 2nd overall in the Small wheels ahead of Adam.
This group were followed out by the 65’s; Greg Hyett showed everyone a clean pair of heels with 3 straight gate to flag victories. Behind him Eathan Humphries was consistent with two 2nds and a 3rd for his second overall. Any of the three following riders could have taken third overall but Ryan Bird blew his chances with poor results in the last two races which opened the door to Callem Bennett who pipped Luke Webster for 3rd overall by just one point.
The stylish local, Paul Shires, who scored three straight wins, dominated the Adult under 35’s. Ed Linnell came home in second and Ash Locke was well down the order.
Ash got his act together in the last two races as he came home in second for 2nd overall finishing on the same points as Ed, but again Ash’s better last race result gave him the spot. Ed was beaten into 4th place in the second race by: Carl Harmston, and Sam Smith.
A good sized group of Autos showed true grit and determination in the mornings difficult conditions but credit should go to them all as they mostly all got around without incident.
Oliver Consterdine pulled off a fine victory over Ben Kind in the first race. They where chased home for 3rd by Dillon Fitzpatrick. In the second block Ben made no mistakes for his first win but Oliver slipped to 4th behind a very happy Dillon in 2nd and Jayden Wooloff in 3rd. Ben again romped off for the win and overall in the last race but a gutted Dillon had bike problems and he dropped down the order. This left the door open for Oliver to slip into 2nd spot and 2nd overall. Jayden, back in 4th had done enough for his podium.
Last group of the day were the Schoolboy 125’s and again it was a local track hero, Chuck Davies, who showed the others the way around Armthorpe and he scored 3 straight wins. Clubman Ben Rollinson gave him a run for his money but had to settle for second place in all three races. Behind these two the next 4 riders all deserve mention as they swapped places all day long keeping the spectators entertained. At the end of the meeting only 3 points separated Sam Willis, Gary Barnes, Kai Passemore-Jones and Terry Howlett. But it was a jubilant Terry who took 3rd overall by just one point!
NSMXC would like to thank all who rode with us this weekend at what might well be Armthorpe’s last meeting. A great day was had by everyone who turned up and I’m sure that those who didn’t now regret their decision.
Looking forward to seeing you all again next week at the new Avon Dassett track for Championship round 3.
AUTOS: 1. Ben Kind 2. Oliver Consterdine 3. Jayden Wooloff 4. JC Verdugo 5. Dillon Fitzpatrick 6. Jordan Hearn
65’s: 1. Greg Hyett 2. Ethan Humphries 3. Callem Bennett 4. Luke Webster 5. Ryan Bird 6. Thomas Wilkins
SW85’S: 1. Jason Moore 2. Matt Harrison 3. Adam Johnson 4. James Miles 5. Toby Scott 6. Luke Wightman
BW85’: 1. Ben Huckerby 2. Jordan Wills 3. Jamie Scott 4. Jack Gower 5. Dan Harmston 6. Josh Callis
SB125’s: 1. Chuck Davies 2. Ben Rollinson 3. Terry Howlett 4. Kai Passemore-Jones 5. Gary Barnes 6. Sam Willis
ADULTS UNDER 35: 1. Paul Shires 2. Ash Locke 3. Ed Linnell 4. Carl Harmston 5. Sam Smith 6. James Allsopp
ADULTS OVER 35: 1. Darren Appleyard 2. Mark Bland 3. Simon Sparrow 4. Greg O’Callaghan 5. Darren Murray 6. Pete Gilder