The Aggro Racing team returned to Gravesends Cyclopark Track for the second time this season only this time it was for the biggest UK race on the calendar…’The British Championships’.
The weekend was spilit across two days,with Saturday for the 8 year old riders and younger along with the big wheeled 24 inch Cruisers with the rest of the 20 inch standard BMX size on the Sunday.
Ex British Champion Oli Cutmore was joined in the Cruiser class this year by Kelsey Dixon racing in her first ever Cruiser event and one that caught the eye too,with very consistant gates and Moto positions of 2nd,2nd and a 1st she breezed into the final.come final time the gate dropped and her start was as good as the rest,she flew into the lead going into the first turn only to be passed on the inside,a few elbows were exchanged as they sometimes do in the tight turns Kelsey came out in 2nd,she chased hard and went for a move on the last turn,unluckily it didn’t come off but again she kept pushing until the finish where she crossed in 2nd,slightly disappointed her mood changed when informed that the winner had been placed last for crossing the line on the first corner,a win and a first British Championship for Kelsey Dixon was a great reward for all her efforts.
Cutmore was up next,he too made the final after some decent moto’s,up against Elite rider Ryan Stack it was always going to be a tough day,but he wasn’t fazed,his gate in the final wasn’t great but his track craft was,laying in fourth place going into the 2nd corner he pulled back 2 bike lengths on the 3rd straight and pulled off a move which was typically Cutmore on the 3rd turn,from 4th to 2nd and a drag race to the finish gave him a well earnt spot just off the top of the podium.
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On Sunday the riders resorted back to the 20 inch variants,with no James King due to a holiday abroad it was down to Charlie Ogrady to represent the team and his region in the 13 year olds,solid moto results followed by strong finishes in both his quarter & semi final took him to the final where he was amongst the favourites to podium,unluckily a poor gate prevented this,although a spirited comeback to fourth was the very least he deserved for his efforts.
Willis White was in the mix in the 17-29 class,a crash in his first moto meant he had to work hard to qualify through the motos which he did,a fourth place in his Quarter saw him into the semi but a squeeze in the turn saw his day end at the semi final stage,2014 has been a learning curve of a year for Willis as it’s his first year in with this class,next year I can see things starting to happen for him.
John Lillingstone was consistant in all his motos in the 30+ class,Aggro’s senior rider has been leading by example since his return and didn’t disappoint again this weekend,his semi final ended with a good 4th to take him into the main,a decent gate but far from one of his best settled him into 4th place but with some help along the way earned himself a 2nd place as he crossed the line.
Championship Female were represented by Kelsey Dixon & Beth Campbell,whilst Kelsey struggled to find her feet she exited at the end of the motos and her day took a surprisingly early finish but Beth qualified out of her motos with decent moto positions,a place in the semi was her reward but unfortunately a squeeze in the first corner put her back and she couldn’t quite pull it back.
Championship male was the class we had Oli Cutmore and Taylor Andrews representing both looked on fire in their respective motos avoiding each other all day long but both cruising into the semi finals,again they both had seperate semi finals,and both had no choice but to take the inside line on the first turn in their respective races,a tight line meant the pro straight was hard to clear,that said they both kept pushing until they knew it was in vain,both riders very disappointed on missing the final but they will be back.
(BMXTalk)Just thought I should add this one of Stu hard at it haha.