Braintree BMX Club race report.
Words- Julian Allen.
Pics- Mike Kitchen.
EA Regional Round 2 – Peterborough – 27th April 2014
The second round of the Ease Anglian Regional BMX race series took place at Peterborough Phantoms BMX Track where Braintree Bullets BMX Club fielded 57 riders amongst the 225 entries on the day. The predicted rain stayed well away and the racing on track came thick and fast with endurance being a key factor on the long track.
The Bullets newest rider Joseph Long took to the track for his first race and he won the 7 and under Novice class.
In the 8s with 3 out of the 8 A finalists hailed from the club and the trio of Henry Rowe, Eddie Cannons and Josh Cates rounded up the field in 6th, 7th and 8th respectively. Josh Cates had an unfortunate crash whilst battling for position at the front of the pack. Harley Neal and Archie Bartlett took 6th and 7th in the B final while Harley Pattle finished 5th in the C final.
Cameron Parrish dug deep in the latter stages of the A final in the 9s to take back a couple of spots to finish 5th with Ewan Thomson in 7th. Joseph Harris took the win in the B final with club mates Kamran Neal, William Hale and Zak Acteson-Rook duking it out in the pack.
Seb Pantlin took the first win of the day for the club as he romped home unbeaten in the 10s. Alex Doree kept momentum to hold off Joe Little as they rode to 5th and 6th with Jack Everitt in 8th.
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 7th and Amelia Parrish in 8th.
The 11-12s class saw Sydney Allen back on track after a few weeks out with a broken foot and he was firing on all cylinders as he jumped his way to a fine 3rd place in the A final. Tom Stokes took 2nd in the B final after crashing out in the semi finals while in a qualifying position. The C final saw Tom Knight and Matthew Goodwins up the front of the field
Another podium position came from Ollie Rowe in the 13-14s A final as he went toe to toe at the front of the pack to cross the line in a solid 2nd place finish. The B final had Jake Coombs in 6th while Lee Butson scooped the win in the C final ahead of Alfie Giles in 2nd, Hayden Challis in 4th, Jake Newton 6th and Edward Parker in 7th.
Continuing his return to racing in fine style was Shane Pavitt in the 15-16s as he took 4th in the A final with Iwan Williams in 7th. Lana Redgewell got in the mix with the boys and she was in contention in the B final when she got tangled with another rider and a crash saw her out of the race. The Championship girls had Kelsey Dixon gaining confidence throughout the day to finish 3rd as Isabel Potter rode to 5th.
The cruiser classes were dominated by Braintree riders as Oli Cutmore and Chris Potter stole the show to take 1st and 2nd in the days Golden Ticket class. Tony Williams saw off much younger riders for the win in the B final as Paul Neal took 4th. In the Ladies cruisers Jen Cannons lead out club mate Carolyn Pantlin for 4th and 5th.
The penultimate class of the day was the 17-29s and Ian Gunner had the best finish for the Bullets as he made his way to a superb 6th place in the A final. Julian Allen narrowly missed out on the main event after being pipped for 4th place in the semis and he took to the track in the B final, finishing 3rd. Stu Dixon also rode in the class to 3rd in the C final.
In the Superclass final it was Oli Cutmore who took the fight to the front as he diced with the leaders to a tremendous 3rd place finish with Josh Butson in 4th, showing superb fitness as he kept the pressure on Ryan Hutchinson who slipped to 5th. Chris Potter took 2nd in the B final with Shane Redgewell and Charlie Giles just behind.
The Bullets Summer Series 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