They think it’s all over,well it is now,but what a test of a riders ability and mental strength the final round of the super Wulfsport British Masters at Pontrilas proved to be. Following a pleasant day one in dry conditions, a heavy belt of rain for several hours on Sunday morning turned an already watered track into an absolute quagmire, making it an achievement just to complete a moto. In the dry going on Saturday, Zac Stealey and Matthew Williamson wasted no time in quickly wrapping up their respective Kawasaki Masters and Amateur MX1 titles as expected.For Darren Carter
(GSP Amateur MX2),Casey Connelly(Moto-Pro Suspension SW85cc),Adam Sterry(Moto-Pro Suspension BW85cc) and Dan Thornhill(Proppa.com MXY2) though,it was to be an anxious wait to the final chequered flag of the season, having to conquer the awful track conditions and battle their way to glory. Unluckiest rider in this crucial weekend, well that must surely be Moto-Pro Suspension BW85cc pilot Sam Winterburn. After leading the championship chase for virtually the entire season, Sam failed to score a point on Sunday following machine problems.With his own bike expiring in moto one, his hopes were then totally destroyed as a borrowed Suzuki overheated and boiled dry in the final clash.
Back to the winners though and the first title of the weekend to be wrapped up came in the Kawasaki Masters. Requiring just 9 points to earn the crown,the immaculate Zac Stealey finished the job in style with a brace of moto wins on day one. On Sunday though,the eventual championship runner-up Edward Briscoe took control to record a moto win brace of his own and the overall Pontrilas victory. Showing great determination in the difficult going,Greg McKinney completed the Pontrilas podium ahead of Patrick Collins,Emerson Jones and Ash Newton.
Second rider to be crowned a 2010 Wulfsport British Masters champion was Amateur MX1 winner Matthew Williamson by finishing 3rd in moto one on Saturday behind James Lane and Matthew Thomas.In the remaining action in this class,George Purchase, Lane and Thomas picked up the moto victories.With Williamson deciding not to compete on day two,AMCA MX1 Championship rider Lane went onto take the overall Pontrilas win from Thomas and Michael Smith.
Whilst Stealey and Williamson could relax after their opening Pontrilas rides,the pressure was certainly on Dan Thornhill, James Dunn,Ryan Williams and Alexander Hussey in Proppa.com MXY2 as they could all mathematically still earn the title.Carrying a slender 12 point advantage into the final round, Thornhill got off to the best start in the first of five motos by finishing 4th behind Glenn Fletcher, Jack Timms and Jake Page with Williams 5th,Hussey 7th and Dunn surprisingly down in 10th. In the remaining day one clashes,Page and Dunn picked up the wins to leave the championship standings reading Thornhill on 1108 points,Dunn 1085,Williams 1045 and Hussey 1019. With Hussey not competing on day two, Dunn aboard his 125cc Suzuki proved to be the mud master with a brace of wins although with his Suzuki Youth GB teammate Thornhill chasing him home in both clashes, it was to be arise King Dan the 2010 Proppa.com MXY2 Champion, well done that man.
Another very tight finish appeared on the cards in the GSP Race Products Amateur MX2 class as just 11 points separated leader Daniel Brough and his season long rival Darren Carter. Having lost his series advantage during the previous round at Hawkstone Park,Carter arrived in determined mood at Pontrilas and started with a great moto one victory whilst Brough was down in 7th. By then chasing Stephen Tillotson home in moto two,it meant that at the end of day one, Carter was again back in control of the championship on 1140 points with Brough on 1128.So,with day two dawning wet and muddy, who could remain composed and controlled to take that crown.Well,Carter and Brough then recorded a moto win each with the title going to Carter in a truly outstanding season long tussle.
As already mentioned,the Moto-Pro Suspension BW85cc class was to prove to be total heartache for young Sam Winterburn as a disastrous no-score on day two robbed him of the title.Taking full advantage was Adam Sterry who despite not even contesting round two at Dean Moor was to still snatch the crown,34 points ahead of the unfortunate Winterburn.Along the way,Adam has won 15 out of 24 moto’s he has started.At Pontrilas in typical fashion,Adam was first past the chequered flag in the opening two clashes although Sam started the final day of action still with a clear 61 points championship advantage.However in the mud of day two and following that unwanted brace of DNF’s due to bike problems for Winterburn,it was Murray Clunie and Sterry who took the moto wins.Clunie’s moto victory was to help elevate him onto the Pontrilas podium alongside winner Sterry and Curtis Blamey.
In the Moto-Pro Suspension SW85cc class,Casey Connelly,the season long leader went onto claim the crown although he was certainly made to work hard by his main challengers Charlie Hamlet and Tyron Cleaver.Indeed at Pontrilas,Hamlet(3) and Cleaver picked up the moto wins.In the final standings,Hamlet finished just 13 points off top spot,but its many congratulations to the immaculate Connelly for taking the title,a very worthy champion.
Having already confirmed their titles,both Michelin Masters champions,Aaron Lowe and Marc Roe could relax and enjoy their racing at Pontrilas.So in MX1,Jamie Wilson,Darren Fowden,Jamie Simpson and finally overall winner Dave Anthony picked up the moto victories.In the championship standings,Christopher Rose and Chris Peaty were to earn the silver and bronze positions.In Michelin Masters MX2,Scott Smith(2),Nathan Buckland and Tom Davies grabbed the wins.On the Pontrilas podium it was victor Davies with Smith in 2nd and Scott Williamson 3rd.This podium placing was enough to earn early season championship leader Smith a deserved overall silver medal position with John Hall 3rd.
So what about the Pro’s?,well with Ben LaMay still not yet able to return to the UK,it meant that Scott Elderfield was assured of the Wulfsport Pro MX1 title without even racing.However displaying a fantastic professional attitude and loyalty towards the Masters series,Scott still competed at Pontrilas.Proceedings did not start too well though for the champion as he slipped off on turn one of the opening MX1 moto.However in one stunning lap he had blasted back to 3rd behind leader Jim Murro and Jamie Lewis.Moving on up into 2nd,Scott’s race was to then come to an abrupt end one lap later whilst leader Murro disappeared on lap seven with bike problems.Moving through to take the win was Lewis chased hard by Shane Carless with Lewis King blasting from an early 16th up to 3rd ahead of Kevin Wells,Luke Blanchard and Jamie Law.In moto two,Elderfield made no mistake on this occasion to lead from start to finish with Lewis in 2nd ahead of Ashley Wilde,Carless,Wells and Blanchard.Once again,Murro had made another great start aboard his TM before retiring on lap four.
Enjoying the Pontrilas mud!!,Carless controlled the opening Wulfsport Pro MX2 encounter from gate to flag,chased hard by Elderfield,Scott Probert and Matt Burrows.However with conditions beginning to slightly improve and the sun even trying to make an appearance,the tables were turned in the last Pro MX2 clash of a fantastic Wulfsport Masters season.In a super encounter for the lead,Carless inserted heavy pressure on Elderfield until past half distance before slipping off.So in the final race of a long,hard season,it was victory to Elderfield ahead of Carless,Probert,Wilde, Burrows and Aled Bellis.
Well done to all of the participating riders both at Pontrilas and throughout the series,and many thanks for the fantastic generosity of main sponsors Wulfsport,Kawasaki,Michelin,Proppa.com,GSP Race Products,Moto-Pro Suspension,Charge Clothing and Muk-Junkie.See you all in 2011!!.