Gest MX couldn’t have asked for a better day, as they ran Rd 6 of their summer championship with glorious sun shine beaming down on the well prepared Iden track. Bill Oatridge had worked extremely hard in preparation for the days racing to go ahead; after working throughout most of the night to get the spot on tracks conditions.
GMX1& Expert riders were out first and hungry for action as they made their way to the first bend. But a sudden pile up meant that the first race of the day was going to have to be re-started. On the re-start and still as hungry they roared round the first bend with them all this time making it round the tight turn onto the track. It was hard to know who was going to take the group overall between the riders; but Ollie Foord claimed it in superb style with young John Waghorne riding his way to overall second and Michael Chesney taking a blinder for third. The Expert riders were going to have to up their game and work extremely hard, as the tussles became intense. Ollie Claxton remained in control and kept his cool as Tommy Rye applied the pressure with Andrew Broadley, as the front pack came round tightly together. The three were well rewarded as they claimed the top spots in the overalls, with Claxton taking the pole position.
The Youth Open group remained competitive throughout their race blocks and Dan Guy could be seen up front with a consistent battle from the riders who tried to catch his tail. But as Guy pulled away he needn’t have worried and took the three motos for the overall. Morgan Evans and Josh Tilyard stood their ground and fought hard to secure second and third overall. The chase was on for Liam Hicks and Carl Whittam in block three; and provided a fantastic battle to watch as Whittam had moved up into fourth position and held the place lap after lap with Hicks on him. But on the very last lap and after a demanding run an error of judgement cost Whittam the fourth place as Hicks sneaked through after Whittam went slightly wide; seeing Whittam take a well-earned fifth overall.
In GMX2 the race tension was heating up as the battle of the places commenced. Darren Pocock took charge of the overall top spot after holding on tight to his lead. Both Sonny Naylor and Tommy Jones took the tight twists and turns of the track all in their stride; to claim second and third overall.
The youngest of all the groups were the Junior/Auto combined; who were a delight to watch after the fearsome adult groups. But they too proved to be just as fierce as they kicked up the dust; during their battle for the podium places. And with twenty four of them out there, which is an impressive turn out; they all deserve to be winners! Jack Nixon claimed a superb hole shot in the first block and proved to be unstoppable, taking the group overall. Both Kayden Algar and Raife Broadley fought hard during their challenge for their second and third overall finishes. The Battle was still going head to head for fourth, fifth and sixth overall with Daniel Brook, Loui Davidson and Rhys Cooper remaining bang on target to take the places. Elisha Elliott did really well and enjoyed every minute of her first time out in racing conditions.
Joe Oakeshott, Richard Conway and Matthew Dunn did a done deal in GMX3; as they went all out to grab themselves a place in the top three. As in GMX1 & 2 the competition was pretty fierce, especially as the group ran almost on a full quota; making the riders work twice as hard. Ebby Elliott Snr on the other hand was just glad to get his bike round; as a few technical hitches hindered his day; but never the less he still enjoyed himself and the track conditions.
Last out were the combined BW/ SW 85 groups with their awesome battles, proving to be fascinating to watch. The top pack showed no fear as they tussled for the positions with Tyler Keily and Aaron Pilcher going head to head. Keily claimed the victory, after working hard to hunt down Pilcher; who was unlucky in the first block after his off, cost him dearly. Pilcher came back in the remaining blocks, pulling away with the lead at one point to take the two remaining wins. Marni Saunders did well to try and catch the lads, as she gathered more pace and speed. But it just wasn’t enough and had to settle with third overall. For the SWs of the group Kaine Moulton and Ebby Elliott (jnr) were on form as was Brooke Chesney too; with the three of them showing great determination amongst the bigger bikes. With the three of them taking the well-deserved three positions as the results show.
SW – 1 Kaine Moulton, 2 Ebby Elliott, 3 Brooke Chesney, 4 Charlie Newton, 5 Lewis Simpson, 6 Lee Ayres
BW – 1 Tyler Keily, 2 Aaron Pilcher, 3 Marni Saunders, 4 Jake Rossi Buss, 5 Monty Hart, 6 Billy Ansell
Expert – 1 Ollie Claxton, 2 Tommy Rye, 3 Andrew Broadley, 4 Jason Robinson, 5 Paul Austin, 6 Karl Johnson
GMX1 – 1 Ollie Foord, 2 John Waghorne, 3 Michael Chesney, 4 Ben Spill, 5 Guy Raines, 6 Chris Stemp
Youth Open – 1 Dan Guy, 2 Morgan Evans, 3 Josh Tilyard, 4 Liam Hicks, 5 Carl Whittam, 6 James Johnstone
GMX2 – 1 Darren Pocock, 2 Sonny Naylor, 3 Tommy Jones, 4 Andy Welch, Curtis Piper, Marc Ablitt
JNR/Auto – 1 Jack Nixon, 2 Kayden Algar, 3 Raife Broadley, 4 Daniel Brook, 5 Loui Davidson, 6 Rhys Cooper
GMX3 – 1 Joe Oakeshott, 2 Richard Conway, 3 Matthew Dunn, 4 Jason Thorpe, 5 Wayne Hedges, 6 Trevor Hadlow
Reported By Tracey Whittam