Braintree BMX Club Race Report
A fantastic write up by the talented and handsome Mr Julian Allen.( is that better Jools)
The East Anglian Spring Classic – Norwich – 25th March 2014
The East Anglian summer BMX racing programme burst into life at Norwich with the annual Spring Classic race. The weather was kind and the track was in great condition for the 95 riders from across the region.
The racing sprung into life with the 7 year olds and Barney Devereux from Milton Keynes put in a dominant performance to take the win. Devereux’s club mate Owen Putland chased valiantly in 2nd place and Jared Hill from Norwich rode up from the 6 and under’s to a fine 3rd place and showed what a bright future he has in the sport.
In the 8-9 year olds Royston Rockets Josh Abbott made mincemeat of the opposition and romped home to victory. Milton Keynes James Payne Fraser rode to a strong 2nd with Joseph Carey from Peterborough doing it for the younger lads in 3rd. A trio of Braintree riders filled up the minor placings in the final as Cameron Parrish, Alex Doree and Joseph Harris finished 5th, 6th and 7th respectively.
Local track knowledge came to the fore in the 10-11s as Kyle Hill led home his Norwich Flyers club mate George Dickens to take the top step of the podium. Thomas Knight from Braintree put up the strongest challenge as he tracked the pair in 3rd. The 9-10 girls was also dominated by Norwich riders with Evie Harding taking the win from club mate Eden Dorrell with Ipswich’s Abi Pike in 3rd.
Braintree Bullets Charlie O’Grady was the man on a mission in the 12-13s class as he set up a final duel with his Aggro Racing team mate; James King from Royston. O’Grady lead from the gate with King in pursuit but the Braintree rider was too strong and took the win on the long Norwich track. Local lad Keiran Harding had a great lap in 3rd with Jake Coombs from Braintree in 4th.
The 14-16s group saw the only win of the day for Ipswich as Alex Pike went unbeaten all day in the class. He was pushed hard in the final race of the day though as Braintree’s Shane Pavitt returned to racing after a two year break to concentrate on Boxing, drag raced with Pike for the line. Behind the leading pair there was another battle raging between Royston club mates Myles Fisher and Dan Blanche which was narrowly won by Fisher. Rounding up the field was Braintree’s Edward Parker.
Another rider returning to racing was Braintree’s Stu Dixon in the Cruiser class. Dixon got well in the mix and saw off some strong competition to finish 4th. At the front of the pack Jack Hudson showed his prowess on a mountainbike and took the win for Royston Rockets ahead of the Norwich pairing of Paul Barnard and Adrian Warden.
Lana Redgewell rode with great finesse to the win in the Championship Ladies class. Strong starts and smooth cornering saw her dominate the pack ahead of Braintree club mate Kelsey Dixon and the young challenger; Morgan Dorrell from Norwich in 3rd.
The final class of the day was the 17+ which had a national quality field of predominantly Braintree riders. Out of the gate the Bullets riders hit the front with 40 year old Julian Allen from Team Identiti getting the holeshot, but he was soon overcome by the younger riders as Oli Cutmore picked up the mantle. The field bunched in the first corner as Taylor Andrews jumped his way toward the front of the pack. As the race wore on Josh Butson was riding smoothly and kept momentum to chase down Cutmore. Down the last straight Cutmore pulled a bit of a gap and as they crossed the line it was Cutmore who took the win from Butson and Andrews. Nick Hill from Milton Keynes had kept out of trouble in 4th with Chris Potter from Braintree in 5th and Julian Allen in 6th.
The first round of the East Anglian Summer Series commences on 6th April at Braintree. For more information on Braintree club, racing and coaching please visit www.braintreebmx.com or www.acceleratebikeschool.com and for more information on racing in East Anglia please visit www.bmxeast.com
All Photos – James Pestell