Another cracking write up from Jools , and I cant believe he didn’t wedge another photo of himself into the race report!!!
Braintree BMX Club Race Report.
British Cycling British BMX Series Rounds 8&9– Birmingham – 2/3 August 2014
The British BMX Series visited Perry Park, Birmingham for the penultimate rounds of the season and the 36 Braintree riders who took part had some great results amongst the 640 entries at the race. As ever the Birmingham track was in tip top condition for the race and even the deluge of rain through the qualifying races on day one couldn’t dampen the atmosphere or the riders or their desire for racing.
The most successful class for the Bullets was the 13 year old boys where Ollie Rowe took his second win of the year. Rowe had nearly missed out on a place in the final but come the main event he dug deep to get the top result on day one and backed it up with a 3rd on day two. Also in the finals of the class was Charlie O’Grady who nearly took the win on day two after a nail biting last straight push saw him just pipped at the post into 2nd with Christian White battling hard mid pack.
There were more podium finishes for the Bullets in the 9-12 Cruiser class where Sydney Allen was top qualifier for the finals on day two. He romped home to 2nd on day one and came out for the win on day two. Off the gate he gave his all but couldn’t find a way passed the leader and settled for a superb 2nd place for the second day running. Jake Coombs also had success in the 13-14 Cruiser Class where he rode to a pair of fine 3rd place finishes.
Seb Pantlin found some consistency in the 10s as he took wins in the heat races, setting himself up for a place in the finals both days. On day one he took a solid 6th place but on day two he worked the pack with great skill to finish 5th. In the 9s, Adam Gilbert had one of his best weekends racing of the year. Out on the track on day one he mixed it up to make the A final. In the race he worked hard down the first straight to put himself in a great mid-pack position when he tangled with another rider and had to settle for 8th. On day two he went on to take the B final win with Cameron Parrish also in the race where he finished 4th.
In the 15s Shane Redgewell has kept the momentum rolling since his return from injury and over the weekends racing he rode to 5th and 8th to keep himself in the hunt for a coveted top 8 ranking in the UK.
On his Cruiser in the 15-16 class he also showed he is back to form with a pair of stylish podium finishes across the weekend. In the girls class Isabel Potter and Meg Vaughan mixed it up in the B finals.
Also in the hunt for a top ranking is Ryan Hutchinson who is currently leading the 16 year olds points standing with just one round to go. Hutchinson is always a threat on the national scene and things were no different in Birmingham as he scored a 3rd on day one and a hard earned 2nd on day two where he nearly took the win. Josh Butson had felt off the pace through the qualifying races but kept himself in the hunt to take his place in the finals both days. Out on track he managed a 6th on day one, but on day two he was looking much more his normal self as he trailed Hutchinson in 3rd.
The Veterans class for the over 40s had the Bullets pair of Ian Gunner and Julian Allen battling it out on track. Gunner got the better of Allen over the weekend as he made his way to the A final both days for the first time this year with a pair of 7th place finishes. Allen meanwhile took his place in the B finals where he finished the weekend with a 3rd and 4th. In the 40-44 Cruiser class Allen faired a little better as the club coach made his way to the A finals after some impressive work in the semi finals to claim a 6th and 7th.
Taylor Andrews was back out on track for the first time since a broken elbow saw him sidelined for a few months. The 18 year old looked to have suffered no ill effects from the injury as he worked his way to the Championship mens finals both days with solid results in 3rd and a superb 2nd place on day two.
Chris Potter and Oli Cutmore also made the main events in the class over the weekend alongside the 17-29 Cruiser Class. Regrettably, Cutmore crashed heavily while fighting for the lead on day one and has a suspected broken collarbone following the fall. The Championship women’s class had Kelsey Dixon taking her season’s best result as she got close to the main event and rode to 2nd in the B final with Lana Redgewell also in the class.
The Bullets will be racing the last Summer Regional race this Sunday in Norwich with the British Championships just three weeks away. The clubs Summer Series continues on Wednesday evenings from 6pm. For more information on the club, coaching and racing please email firstname.lastname@example.org