The British Championships is the biggest race of the year, it’s the grand finale, and of course there is no better way to round up what has been yet another incredible season, with over 900 riders in attendance this year it has been the biggest race for quite a few years, with more and more riders popping up from locations such as the Isle of Man, and Scotland. Great weather on the friday and saturday was muchly appreciated for practice and the Cruiser guys, however sunday morning brought a fair amount of rain, and the place got muddy! however once the motos were finished the sun came out and boy did it shine, the track mostly dried out and that called for mental moves in the turns, much like Harley Taylor in the 12 year olds, he went for the move in the first turn and caught his wheel on a pedal which threw him over the bars to give him a nasty bit of road rash and missing half a wheel of spokes.
Still on the topic of nasty first turn falls, Simon Holmans had what looked like a bike crushing crash as he slid out in the first turn as he tried to go underneath our now British Champion Michael Smart in the fourth moto for the 25-29 Grand Prix. Much Like the first turn, the last turn had a collection of victims too, Reece Hoggatt and Cameron Howard were going to 2nd and 3rd in the 16’s final, Reece went on the inside of Cameron and put him over the turn, giving Michael Hawker even more of a lead to take the 01 plate.
The 7-8 year old girls had 11 riders in their class and the National no1 Emily Hutt had a run for her money in the final from East Anglias Drew Raven but with Emily’s experience and incredible stamina she pushed past on the last straight for the win, making her national and british champ 2 years in a row now. Kobi Joyce is another rider to take the National and British titles, Kobi got a great start in the final and motored his way to the line taking the win for the second year in a row, with Harvey Howard in 2nd and Connor Cassidy in 3rd.
The Male 15 year olds final was dominated by Aggro BMX’s Taylor Andrews as he got a hell of a gate and won from the start, with josh tucker in 2nd and Oliver fay in 3rd. 17-24 had allot of business going down in the first turn as Jason fay and Sean Mcglade went into the first turn with Andy Clucas close behind looking to swoop but Jason and Sean went down taking Andy with them Mark Maddox took this opportunity and the win with Chris Potter in 2nd and Tom Palmer in 3rd.
The Cruisers on Saturday had a few memorable events such as Keith Wilson taking the win in the 45+ Class for the 2nd year in a row, the 13-14 cruisers was won by Jimmy Orena with Roy Jones in 2nd and a trouserless Paddy Sharrock in 3rd. Dave Ives won the 30-34 and 35-39 was won by Mario Presi with Jason Nichols in 2nd and Martin Ogden in 3rd.
Championship women had a huge crash on the first straight from Izzy Ferrada as she almost rolled from the triple to the second straight, but she got up and was O.K, well ‘ard! Junior Men’s final was killed by Redline’s Jacob Roberts with Dan Pullen and Ben Clarkson in 2nd and 3rd, but Ben tried to pull a move on Dan and just took himself and Dan out, so Jordan Perry went past for the 2nd and Jack Hall for the 3rd. Elite men had 13 riders one of which was Jordy Van Der Heyden who had been over for the Champions of Cheddar the week before and also took the win, but finished 5th this weekend, Scoot Waterhouse in his usual all out style slid out in the first turn taking a couple guys with him, but Marcus Bloomfield took the win with Grant Hill Close behind and Cal Strickland in 3rd.