Minibike Champs headed to Kieradan Park on the weekend of September 8th and 9th to draw to a close the first season of the very successful 2012 British Minibike Championship. With the backing of the MCF the series kicked off at Mallory Park back in March and has covered 6 events throughout the year. A tremendous amount of work has been put into the championship to ensure the best experience for the riders including the use of transponder timing that was distributed live to phone apps for the final 2 rounds.
The series has covered four Adult classes and two Youth classes that include 50cc auto and 65cc motocross machines alongside the traditional 50 and 125cc Minibikes. The weekend comprised two separate rounds of the championship where there was some exciting racing with the Stock Mod class Championship being decided on the last two laps of the final moto!
The 50cc Youth Class were the first to take to this purpose built track on the outskirts of Scunthorpe with a good mix of MX and Minibikes. Saturday’s racing saw two start to finish wins from three for Mitch Armour give him the overall. Tobias Gray Richardson was the only rider to head Armour for seven laps of the final Moto until Armour forced his way through for his third win of the day. Richardson picked up second ahead of Charlie Bird in third. Sunday’s results show how close the racing was with the three motos each having a different victor. Mason Athey took to the front in Moto 1, was chased down and passed by eventual winner Mitch Armour with two laps remaining. Mason once again took to the front in Moto 2 but was this time caught and passed by Tobias Gray Richardson three laps in, Tobias went on to take the win from Armour with Athey in third. Athey took the lead in Moto three and this time wasn’t to be headed throughout taking the final win of the day. With a win and two seconds the overall went to Armour with Athey in second and Richardson in third. Having scored consistently throughout the season the championship win went to young Senna Ace MacLintic by 142 points form Bird.
The Youth 125 riders were joined by a separate class for 65cc MX bikes and it was surprising to see how competitive the bikes were with each other. Joe Hudson, just returning from injury in the Minibike 125cc class, took the first two Moto wins of the weekend with a second to back them up and land him the overall. Kieran Sembiante rode doggedly all day and was finally rewarded with a race victory in Moto three giving him the overall runner spot ahead of Bert Keaton. Sunday saw a win and two seconds enough to give Hudson the championship victory and the overall on the day ahead of Sembiante and Beaton. The 65cc MX class, new to the events, Saw Kurtis Grigffiths in dominant form on Saturday taking all three moto victories and the overall, the other places were hotly contested however with places being swapped throughout, Ben Clark came out on the second step of the podium with third, fourth and second place finishes ahead of Oliver woods with a fourth and two thirds. With Sunday seeing the riders with other commitments it was left to Leon Flint to pick up the three wins after battling hard with the 125cc Minibikes throughout.
The Open Mini class caters for both 50cc and 88cc bikes and always makes for some good entertainment. Saturday threw up three separate winners in the forms of Craig Powell, Alex Hall and Tom Down in the 50cc class. Hall unfortunately had a DNF in Moto one and didn’t show for Moto three taking him out of the equation and Down took the overall with a second and third to back up the win ahead of Powell in second, Downs closest championship rival, Sam Lane, took third slipping a further 42 points behind. A second place and two victories was more than enough for Down to clinch the series and Sundays overall with Steve Cousins finishing second ahead of Powell with Lane back in fourth. In the 88cc class, Saturdays Moto one saw an awesome battle between Callum Charnock and Kev Doolan, Kev only completed one race because of speedway commitments and Charnock went on to three victories and the overall ahead of Chris Wybrow and Danny Quinlan. Sunday saw the return of Doolan who, although beaten by Charnock in Moto one went on to take the overall win form Charnock and Freddie Basted Watts in third. Charnock claimed the series win from Wybrow with Doolan in third.
The Stock Mod class in the most hotly contested and this Championship was destined to go to the final race of the series. The weekend started with Lee Mitchell leading Tom Holland by a slender 39 points with a total of 600 on offer. Saturday saw Holland close the gap on Mitchell having taking victory with a 2-2-1 scorecard, Mitchell took second with a fourth in Moto 1 backed up by a win and a second resulting in a loss of 14 points to Holland, Winson Ngai put in three strong moto performances to take the last podium slot on day 1. Holland and Mitchell found themselves battling it out in the pack on Sunday with Nathan Marsden setting the pace at the front taking two wins from three to take the overall, Craig English took a slender second place ahead of Jim Scrafton. With one Moto to go Mitchell was still holding a slender three point lead in the series and with two laps to go was holding Holland at bay, Holland then made the move and quickly shot up to second and took the Championship title.
The Pro Racer class is the fastest class of the series and Todd Kellett, who joined the series late, was once again setting the pace taking the fastest lap of the day on both days of the event. Dominating the racing Todd was only once beaten and that was by big brother Ty Kellett in the second Moto on Sunday. In fact it was a family affair with Ty taking the second podium spot on both occasions. With the Kellett brothers not in contention for the title it was Luke Coker and once again Kev Doolan battling it out for Championship honours. Coker, after finishing third overall with Doolan away on Saturday, wrapped up the series after Moto 1 on Sunday and decided to contest the Open Mini class for the rest of the day. Three third place finishes gave Chris Povey the final podium place on Sunday.
Having got this first season now under their belt, the organisers, Minibike Champs, are already putting plans together to develop the series going forward into 2013.
151 Mitch Armour 100+100+100=300
95 Tobias Gray Richardson 90+ 90+ 90=270
4 Charlie Bird 82+ 76+ 82=240
151 Mitch Armour 100+ 90+ 90=280
95 Tobias Gray Richardson 82+100+ 82=264
12 Mason Athey 76+ 82+100=258
Standings: Senna Ace McLintin 1386, Charlie Bird 1244, Ewan Goddard 870
33 Joe Hudson 100+100+ 90=290
12 Kieran Sembiante 90+ 90+100=280
20 Bert Keeton 82+ 82+ 82=246
33 Joe Hudson 100+ 90+ 90=280
20 Bert Keeton 90+ 76+ 82=248
31 Stuart Robertson 82+ 82+ 76=240
Standings: Joe Hudson 1372, Kieran Sembiante 1014, Bert Keeton 730
99 Kurtis Griffiths 100+100+100=300
277 Ben Clark 82+ 76+ 90=248
41 Oliver Woods 76+ 82+ 82=240
22 Leon Flint 100+100+100=300
OPEN MINI 50cc
53 Thomas Down 90+ 82+100=272
12 Craig Powell 100+ 76+ 82=258
46 Sam Lane 82+ 72+ 76=230
53 Thomas Down 90+100+100=290
88 Steve Cousins 100+ 90+ 76=266
12 Craig Powell 82+ 82+ 90=254
Standings: Thomas Down 1684, Sam Lane 1446, Craig Powell 1374
OPEN MINI 88cc
609 Callum Charnock 100+100+100=300
771 Chris Wybrow 82+ 90+ 90=262
66 Danny Quinlan 76+ 82+ 82=240
33 Kevin Doolan 90+100+100=290
609 Callum Charnock 100+ 90+ 90=280
44 Freddie Brasted watts 76+ 82+ 82=240
Standings: Callum Charnock 1710, Chris Wybrow 1412, Kevn Doolan 1104
402 Tom Holland 90+ 90+100=280
14 Lee Mitchell 76+100+ 90=266
18 Winson Ngai 82+ 76+ 76=234