Braintree BMX Club race report
British Cycling British BMX Series Rounds 4&5 – Preston – 24-25 May 2014
The British BMX Series headed north to Preston, Lancashire for rounds 4&5 of the 2014 series and Braintree Bullets BMX Club had some great success with 4 class wins from the 26 club members entered amongst the 610 racers at the event.
The weather played a huge part on the racing over the weekend, with torrential rain on Saturday and drying conditions on Sunday, the track became the ninth man in many races with water spray and slippery turns.
Sydney Allen was the first Bullet out on track and he made his way to the A final of the 9-12 cruiser class on both days of the event with a fine 4th place finish on day one. He stepped his game up a notch on day two and after looking set for 3rd he made a great move in the last turn to secure a solid 2nd. Jake Coombs was on track in the 13-14 cruiser class with a 4th and 5th place finish over the two day competition.
The first big win of the weekend came from Shane Redgewell who dominated the 15-16 cruiser class in fine style over the course of the event. Redgewell lost only 3 of his 8 laps in the class and currently leads the national points table. Oli Cutmore was his usual stylish self in the 17-29 cruisers on day one has he smoothed his way to 2nd, but on day two he suffered a big crash which will see him sidelined for a few weeks with a broken collarbone. Lana Redgewell took two 3rds in the ladies class. Julian Allen wrapped up the cruiser classes for the club with a pair of A final finishes in the 40-44 class. Allen was near favourite on day one after a strong semi final finish but settled for 8th after a crash in the last turn on day one, he faired a little better on day two and took 7th.
Onto the Challenge classes and Henry Rowe was the sole Bullet in the 8s and he narrowly missed out on the qualifying stage. In the 9s Adam Gilbert had a great weekends racing with a 6th in day ones B final. Come day two and he was fired up for the racing with some strong moto finishes he made his way to the A final where he finished 5th. Cameron Parrish also competed in the class and also improved over the weekend, taking 6th in the B final on Saturday and improving to a 4th in the B final on Sunday. In the 10s Seb Pantlin had his best finish of the season so far as he romped home to 4th in day two’s A final after winning day one’s B final. Alex Doree also had his best result this season on day two as he made his way to 7th in the B final. Continuing the seasons best result theme, Sydney Allen scored a B final in the 12s on day two and an 8th place finish.
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The results kept flooding in for the Bullets in the 13s as Ollie Rowe gave the spectators a nail biting finish in the A final. Through the first half of the lap on day one, Rowe trailed the leader by just a bike length. Into the final turn he made his move and in a drag race for the finish he carried his momentum to take the win on the line. In the second days racing he backed up his win with a 2nd place finish. Charlie O’Grady missed out on the A final on day one but came back strong on day two to take a 4th. Christian White also had some great results in the class as he secured two B finals and a 4th and 6th place over the weekend with Jake Coombs and Lee Butson also in the class.
Following his cruiser class domination Shane Redgewell carried confidence into the 15s Challenge class and after a great 3rd place on day one he took his first class win on day two. Coming from an outside gate, Redgewell made a great start and as the pack bunched into the first turn he hit the front and headed for home leaving the rest of the field in his wake. Another win for the Bullets came in the 16s as Ryan Hutchinson annihilated day one’s A final to follow up on his win in the previous round in Kent. On day two he was the man in charge again and led the final through the lap. As the pack closed into the last turn he was forced off the track by another rider. He regained composure and kept his head to take 3rd. After a referee reviewed the race he was given 2nd with the winner relegated to last following the incident. Josh Butson continued his consistent season with a strong 3rd on day one. In the second days racing Butson was in the mid pack when he was involved in a crash with 3 other riders and went down. In the scramble for his bike he was straight back on and gave it his all to take 5th. Charlie Giles took his smooth style to the B final on day two and a 5th. The Championship Women had Kelsey Dixon and Lana Redgewell in the field. Dixon had some great starts and on the second days racing she hit the B final with a fine 4th place.
Last up for the Bullets were Ian Gunner and Julian Allen in the Vets class. On day one Gunner was consistent through the qualifiers and secured 5th in the A final of the class and his best result of the season. Allen also made his way to the qualifiers and was on the charge for a qualifying position when the rider in front went down causing Allen to fall. Remounting Allen took the B final win. The pair went head to head on day two as the met in the semi finals. Gunner lead into the first corner but Allen rode a great corner and took the spot. The pair were close throughout the lap but Allen rode too defensively in the last corner and Gunner was ready to pounce and took the spot to ride to 6th in the B final. Allen again, was the B final victor.
The Bullets summer race series continues on Wednesday evenings at their Deanery Hill track. For further information on the club, coaching and racing please visit www.braintreebmx.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org