This was the Bath Club’s second attempt at running after cancelling due to the recent drought and hosepipe ban!! After a track inspection on the Thursday evening,the depth of water in the bottom turn dropping below 10 inches,and our request for sun finally granted it was all systems go!!.
With Nympsfield being cancelled extra riders were a welcome addition to the entry along with 30+ day licences made it to the 200 rider mark.
The MX1 experts got the day off to a roaring start with Joshua Scott taking the win from Richard Meakin after an early mistake from Jamie Smith dropped him 1st to 8th then back to 5th. The second and third races were battles between Smith and Luke Blanchard with their last race being separated by just 0.5 sec.
Several Expert MX2 riders had very mixed days with Stephen Elford winning race 2 from start to finish but with a DNF and almost last place the extra track time from a double entry was a gamble. Another rider having a mixed day was Jansen Day who after setting the fastest lap of race 1 pulled out with machine trouble then a gate to flag win in race 3.Luke Smith took the overall win with Josh Roddick and Bath rider Justin Parson’s taking the next spots.
A line of 22 inters topped the days racing with Jack Syphe taking the overall win from Owen Hillman. Further down the order Bethany Wood showed many of the boys how to do it taking 6th at the end of the day. Well done to all those riders on the small machines who hit the bumps and berms as hard as the experts but with bigger smiles.
Juniors had the usual scraps with Catherine King and Brett Moore flying over the tabletop, with the boys coming a definite 2ndplace. Other under 18 mx2’s also got the elbows out pushing each other faster and faster. The over 18 MX2 juniors was hard fought with James Watson taking 2 victories and a 2nd while Grant Morgan was up for 2nd overall until a mishap in the last race let Jordan Watts take the 2nd podium spot. The race with more years experience than most had a mixed day ,2 red flags and a helicopter. Proving consistency is the key Adam Mead took the top spot from Bath man john Gabb with 3 2nd ‘s with Mitchell Hyman spoiling Gabb’s chance of a maximum by winning the final outing.
Ricky Britton took the fight right to the last race in the MX2 seniors, drawing on points but by winning the 3rd race from Michael Newton took the gold. Top rides by Michael Barrow, Daniel Day and Hannah “Bubba “ Winbourne saw them grab the other trophies. Scott Pearce was top man in the MX1 seniors closely followed by Vincent Webb and Daniel Cheese.
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Report by Dave Thorne and Images by Lynda Metherell
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