The Frome club hosted the second round of the 2012 Maxxis British sidecarcross championship at their Asham Woods circuit last Sunday and what an excellent day’s racing it turned out to be. This was the club’s 30th running of this event and the preparation of the circuit was excellent. They were rewarded with adequate rain on Sunday to ensure no dust on Monday and as a bonus the rain held off on race day.
In timed training Stuart Brown / Josh Chamberlain posted the fastest time out of the 34 teams entered. The local team of Daniel & Joe Millard were second quickest, just over 1 second adrift with Steve & Stewart France third.
When the gate dropped for the start of the first moto Millard was fastest off the line and was in front on the first turn. Brown was slow off the mark and was in about twelfth place at the corner. A number of outfits came together in turn one with the result that Seemond Stevens / Mike Curnow were out of the race and Rob Oldfield / John Murch were virtually last away. Because of this carnage Brown was able to cut inside the blockage and came away in about fourth spot. After four corners Jack Etheridge / Ryan Humphrey crashed finishing their day. Also out at the same point were Tony Grahame / James Morell with machine problems.
By the end of lap one Millard was leading with Brown now up to second with Jenkins / Chamberlain third and Goddard / Sheppard fourth. After five minutes Brown was right in the wheel tracks of Millard, Jenkins was safe in third but Goddard was now under pressure from France. On lap four France took Goddard. At the half distance point Brown overtook Millard and then started to pull away. In the closing stages of the race France caught up with Jenkins and for the last four laps he was right in his wheel tracks.
Brown went on to take the win from Millard with Jenkins just holding on to third.
The start of race two was a much more orderly affair with Millard once again taking the holeshot from Brown and Jenkins. Brown slowly reeled in Millard and by half distance was right on his tail. Jenkins was comfortable in 3rd with Wilkinson fourth and Oldfield fifth. After a first lap incident France was dead last but he rejoined the race just in front of Brown and circulated for the rest of the race at virtually the same pace.
Brown made a number of attempts to pass Millard and finally on lap eleven he got past and went on to take the win. Millard was second from Jenkins. France finished in an incredible twelfth place.
In the third and final race Brown made his intentions clear from the start taking the holeshot and never looking back. Once again Millard was in second and Jenkins third. Franks / Franks started off in fourth but were slowly overhauled by Wilkinson and soon after by Breacher. Once Breacher was behind Wilkinson he really turned the screw and in a number of places there were only a few centimetres between the two outfits but despite all the pressure he had to settle for fifth.
Brown won from Millard giving him a maximum 75 points from the day’s races. The Millards took second overall and despite having scored no points in round one are now up to seventh in the table.
The next round is at Milton Park on 17th June.