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Braintree BMX Club Race report
East Anglian Summer Regional Series Round 2 – Braintree 03.05.15
Braintree Bullets BMX Club have increased their narrow lead in the East Anglian Summer Regional Series following their home round last weekend. The Bullets are now 5.5 points ahead of their nearest rivals Milton Keynes. With 53 entries from the home club amongst the 176 riders taking part things were looking good from the start, despite the weather trying to dampen the atmosphere. Local Councillor Tony Everard came along to represent Braintree District Council following the clubs recent Mii Community grant which helped them refresh the track. Councillor Everard also presented the trophies later in the day.
The novices had their moment in the spotlight first and Macy Hinton from Braintree took her first class win with club mate Ollie Cates in 3rd at just 4 years old.
Onto the big wheels and the cruiser classes with the Bullets nabbing podium places across the classes. Jake Shoolheifer raced in his first regional event in the 13-14s and took a solid 3rd place finish. In the younger 9-12 class Cameron Parrish gave his all to take 2nd with club mate Joseph Harris having his first outing on the big wheels in 3rd. The mixed ladies cruiser class were out next and these girls are far from ladylike on the race track. Isabel Potter had the first class win for the Bullets as she took the 17-29 ladies class from Meg Vaughan. Tracy Clark was the leading Bullet in the 30+ and after some close racing she finished in 4th, just ahead of Jen Cannons in 5th and Carolyn Pantlin in 6th. Teresa Challis romped home to the B final win and Clare Richardson rode to 3rd.Oli Cutmore and Chris Potter went head to head in the 17-29 class and were streets ahead of the rest as they finished 1st and 2nd. The big boys of the 45+ went about business and it was Tony Williams who took a strong 2nd place finish on the day with Kev Harris in 4th.
The challenge classes commenced with the 6 and unders and Charlie Long had his first race outing at regional level at just 4 years old. He was consistent all day and took 6th. The 7 year olds featured some great racing all day and it was Freia Challis racing up against the boys who came close to the win. She won all of her heat races, beating the male national winner and was looking amongst the favourites in the final. In the main event she went bar to bar throughout the lap and took an awesome 2nd place finish. Thomas Richardson also competed in the class and won the B final. Joseph Long a fine 4th in the 8 year olds.
The Bullets took control of the next two classes with the class wins coming home. Eddie Cannons had looked good all day in the 9 year olds and when the gate dropped in the final he was away at the front from the first corner. Cannons took a commanding win with club mates Henry Rowe and Josh Cates taking 3rd and 5th respectively. In the B final Harley Pattle rode to 3rd and Archie Bartlett took 7th. Adam Gilbert continued where he left off in the first round with a dominant win in the 10s as he went unbeaten all day. Cameron Parrish looked well at home on his home track and after a great tussle he took himself to 2nd. Joseph Harris took 4th just ahead of Ewan Thomson and Zak Acteson-Rook. Ellis Challis finished 4th in the B final. The 9-10 girls had Amelia Parrish up amongst the leaders as she took herself to a great 3rd place finish with club mate Molly Richardson in 4th.


The 11-12s combined class had Joe Little in the mix amongst the older riders and he put in a gutsy performance to finish 4th in the A final as Alex Doree chased him down in 5t with Owen Vaughan in 6th. In the equivalent girls class Molly Nice improved on her first regional outing and used her home track advantage to take 3rd with Abbey Pattle in 7th and Roxy Hinton in 8th.
There was some awesome progression in the 13-14s class as 12 year old Sydney Allen showed took to the skies when he jumped the biggest (8metre) jump on the track in a heat race. The youngest rider on the day to tame the highly technical obstacle. In the final he got a bad start, but used his local track knowledge to fly around the inside of the first corner to set himself up for a battle with the leaders. Throughout the lap he was in the middle of a three way fight for the win. As they crossed the line he held on for 2nd with club mates Matt Goodwins just behind in 4th, Hayden Challis 5th, Seb Pantlin 6th and Alfie Giles 8th. In the B final Thomas Knight took 3rd. Charlie O’Grady was riding high in the 16s and he took the class win after being pushed all day. Christian White was back on track after an injury and he took 4th place. The Championship female class saw Lana Redgewell as the sole Bullet on track and it was consistency that saw her take a solid 2nd place finish.
The 17+ class was a great mix of ages with riders in their 40s going elbow to elbow with the younger guys as the tested their mettle. Braintree’s lead coach Julian Allen had overseen the track build and used every ounce of his local track knowledge as he rode to a strong 3rd place finish in the A final. The Superclass was the last final out on track and it was Braintree who brought the curtain down on a great event with another win. Oli Cutmore was riding high from his class win in the cruisers earlier in the day and he proved to be the smoothest and fastest rider of the day with a dominant A final win. Cutmore left carnage in his wake as club mate Taylor Andrews went for a move in the second corner that ended in disaster as he went down in a heap with a trio of other riders. Out of the melee came Shane Redgewell who narrowly missed the chaos to take 2nd. Ollie Rowe was the first to remount and took 5th with Andrews rolling in 8th. Chris Potter took the B final win.
The clubs summer race series commences on Wednesday May 13th, with registration closing on the evening at 6.30pm. For further information on the club, coaching and racing please visit www.braintreebmx.com or email joolsnhayley@tiscali.co.uk

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