Braintree BMX Club Race Report
East Anglian Regional round 9 – Norwich – 10th August 2014
Braintree Bullets BMX Club are East Anglian Champions again following the final round of the Summer race series in Norwich. The club took the overall win on 2620 points from their nearest rivals Milton Keynes on 2491. The 53 entries from the Bullets at the meeting included 11 regional champions too, which considerably bolstered the clubs points tally.
The race was nearly postponed early in the day as the remnants of Hurricane Bertha pelted the track with heavy wind and rain and nearly left the officials with little choice but to call things off. A decision was made to see if it passed and as the clock struck 1pm the clouds cleared enough to allow racing to commence. The youngest rider at the event was 4 year old Ollie Cates who competed in his first regional race event in the under 10s novice class and he gave his all to take a fine 4th place finish.
In the expert classes Joseph Long was consistent through the day in the 7s and finished 5th. Josh Cates had a great A final race in the 8s as he vied for the lead throughout the race. Down the last straight he battled hard to finish 2nd just behind the winner. Archie Bartlett also made the A final but got caught up in the pack and settled for 6th. Harley Pattle took his place in the B final where he took a convincing win.
The Bullets first regional champ emerged in the 9s as Adam Gilbert did enough on the day with a 3rd in the A final to secure the title. Ahead of Gilbert though was his club mate Cameron Parrish who was on top form to finish 2nd. William Hale also made the A final and kept things safe in 7th. There were three Bullets in the 9-10 girls and they had a great race amongst themselves with Roxy Hinton coming out on top in 3rd, Amelia Parrish in 4th and 6 year old Freia Challis in 5th. In the 10 year old boys Joe Little wrapped up 2nd place after some solid moto finishes. The second regional champ for the Bullets was Owen Vaughan as he matched Little’s racing was in the 11s also finishing 2nd.
Up in the 12s there was a great dogfight between Sydney Allen and Matthew Goodwins. Both riders went into the final as top points scorers through the motos and it was down to the final race of the day to decide the winner. Goodwins had a great start and lead down the first straight, but Allen had finesse in his riding and took the lead. Allen dominated the technical mid section of the track but Goodwins closed in down the last straight and in a photo finish Allen was given the win from Goodwins with Tom Stokes taking 5th, Thomas Knight 6th and Lewis Woolcott 8th. Ethan Coombs took 2nd in the B final. Allen also went on to win the 9-12 cruiser class and will be looking for a top finish at the British Championships.
Christian White secured the 14s Regional title with a dominant performance. White went unbeaten through the qualifiers to take to the A final as favourite where he put in another strong lap to take the win. Jake Coombs held off a number of attacks to finish 4th with Lee Butson on 7th and Hayden Challis back to racing after an injury in 8th. Iwan Williams was equally dominant in the 16s with a clean sheet of wins through the day to take first in the class. Lana Redgewell fought with the boys to finish 4th after a heavy crash early in the day and Dan Gilbert rounded up the pack in 6th. In the Championship Girls Isabel Potter rode to a superb 2nd place with Meg Vaughan in 4th. The Ladies Cruiser class had Tracy Clarke showing great form to finish 4th.
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The biggest class of the day was the 17+ and Julian Allen made his way to the A final where he finished in 3rd place. Allen also took the win in the 40-44 cruiser class with Paul Woolcott chasing him hard all day in 2nd. The last race of the day was the Superclass with Josh Butson going into the race as top contender for the overall title. Off the gate Butson got a flier but was beaten to the first corner and gave chase through the race to take 2nd place which was enough points to give him the East Anglian Champions title. Oli Cutmore rode to a courageous 3rd place after a heavy crash at the national race in Birmingham only the week before after racing to 2nd in the 17-29 cruiser class earlier in the day. Taylor Andrews looked good back on his bike also after injury and took 5th with Chris Potter in 6th.
The Bullets will be competing at The British Championship at Cyclopark in Gravesend, Kent over the weekend of 23-24th August and have a number of riders who will be in the hunt for titles. For more information on the club, coaching and racing please email firstname.lastname@example.org