Braintree BMX Club race report
EA Regional Round 3 – Royston – 4th May 2014
Round 3 of the East Anglian Regional BMX race series was held at Royston Rockets BMX Track where Braintree Bullets BMX Club fielded 60 out of the 184 entries on the day. The weather was kind to the riders as the sun shone on the technically demanding track with its five straights and tricky corners.
The first rider out on track for the Bullets was Joseph Long who competed in the expert class for the first time and rode to 8th place in the 7 year olds A final.
In the 8s with 3 out of the 8 A finalists hailed from the club and Eddie Cannons made up for a crash in the previous round to see off all comers in the A final to take the win. Henry Rowe stayed smooth in 3rd place with Josh Cates battling hard in 7th. Archie Bartlett had a fine 4th in the B final with Harley Neal not far behind in 6th while Harley Pattle finished 1st in the C final.
Adam Gilbert rode with great determination in the A final of the 9s to take 2nd place after battling with the leader for the whole lap. Cameron Parrish was making moves in the pack and as they crossed the line he had made his way to 4th with Joseph Harris in 5th and Ewan Thomson 6th. Zak Acteson-Rook took his first race win in the B final just ahead of Kamran Neal and William Hale.
Seb Pantlin continued his domination of the 10s as he took another win in the class. Alex Doree kept momentum to take 4th with Joe Little in 6th and Jack Everitt in 7th.
The 9-10 girls had the clubs new blood involved in the action with Roxy Hinton soaring to 5th place ahead of Freia Challis in 6th and Amelia Parrish in 7th.
The 11-12s class saw Sydney Allen into the A final amongst the favourites after winning his semi final. Throughout the race he duked with the leader and took 2nd by only a couple of bike lengths. Tom Stokes was up for a podium spot but just got pipped on the line to finish 4th with Owen Vaughan 7th. In the B final Tom Knight scored a solid 2nd and Matthew Goodwins rode to 8th and Lewis Woolcott made the C final.
Charlie O’Grady had the inside gate pick in the A final of the 13-14s and he sprinted down the first straight to slip into the lead. Through the race he was challenged on all the corners but saw off the others to take the win. Christian White slipped into 4th with club mate Ollie Rowe just behind after being squeezed down the first straight and Jake Coombs rounded out the pack. In the B final Lee Butson scooped 3rd ahead of Hayden Challis in 4th, Alfie Giles 5th, Edward Parker 6th and Jake Newton in 7th.
The sole Bullet in the 15-16s was Shane Pavitt and he boxed his way to 3rd in the A final as Josh Legrove showed his signature smooth style in 5th with Iwan Williams 6th and Lana Redgewell in 7th. Dan Gilbert also rode in the class to take the B final win. The Championship girls had Kelsey Dixon in charge all day for the win.
The cruiser class A final was a great race as Oli Cutmore who is used to leading out the races was relegated to 2nd in the first corner. Throughout the lap, Cutmore ducked and dived for position and down the last straight he finished with a flourish to seal the win by a tyre width. Chris Potter had a front row seat of the action in 3rd with Tony Williams in 8th. In the B final Paul Woolcott took 2nd ahead of Jake Coombs in 4th, Paul Neal took 5th and Dave Pattle in 7th. In the Ladies cruisers Jen Cannons lead out club mate Carolyn Pantlin for 5th and 6th.
The penultimate class of the day was the 17-29s and Julian Allen had some great starts amongst strong competition. In the A final Allen, 40 made his way to a 5th place finish.
In the Superclass final it was Oli Cutmore who took the fight to the front as he led the pack out. Into the second straight and club mate Ryan Hutchinson put in a strong challenge but Cutmore held him off to take the win. Josh Butson had a strong showing in 3rd and the Bullets also rounded off the field with Shane Redgewell 5th, Josh Wallis 6th, Chris Potter 7th and Charlie Giles 8th.
The Bullets Summer s race series commences on 7th May at the Deanery Hill track and the club will also be hosting the first race to take place at the Olympic Park, Stratford on May 18th in conjunction with Identiti Bikes. For more information on the club, coaching and racing please visit www.braintreebmx.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org