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– National Report –
Birmingham British Cycling
National Rounds 9 & 10
After what seem a very fast season the final two round of the national series were here at no better setting than Birminghams Perry Park track,a favourite of many and a great venue to watch some great racing….it didn’t disappoint either,with the team down to 4 riders after James King not being well it was a hard task to get as many points as possible.
Cruisers first up as ever and although John had already secured the title he wanted to go out on maximum points… Or as near as he could to that score….3 moto wins secured him that final place as he was on the gate…one of the riders just along from him unclipped on the gate and caused a domino effect heading and ending with john as the gate dropped,most of the pack had gone while John was stuck in 5th,straight by straigh and corner by corner he picked off rider by rider and took the lead by the last corner to take an impressive win. Freia Challis was next up in the 7/8 girls,racing was fast for these little divas and with only Freia & series leader Lucy Hutt jumping the first jump it made for great viewing,Freia eased into the final with 2x 1st places sandwiching a 2nd.as the gate dropped both as ever jumped the first with Freia tucked into 2nd place,she pulled up alongside by the 2nd turn and couldn’t quite make the move stick,but come the last turn Freia moved from outside to inside and working her way into the lead and holding off for her first ever national win. John was up on 20″ next in 30+ /Masters and it was close between 3 riders for the title with John laying in 3rd overall,a 1st,3rd & a 2nd took John into the main,as the gate went there was a sense of déjà vu as title leader Ben Martinez unclipped and leant on John as they left the gate,a 3rd place was John reward for his superb effort all day. Beth Campbell was in championship female and although wasn’t feeling too good at all was determined to ride and give the best she could,she managed to progress to the semi final but a 6th place was all she could muster along with a place in the B final which she finished in 4th. Taylor Andrews shook the Championship class up an felt disappointed with his motos although they took him into the Final where he grabbed a great 2nd place and a well want podium spot.
The final round of the series,all with points still to play for and personal battles to be won,John took the cruiser win and a 100% record too which was a remarkable feat across the season. Freia Challis slotted nicely into the final again and got the gate of her life as she holeshotted and went into the lead in the first turn,Lucy Hutt came back at her on the 2nd straight but Freia determined not to give up stuck the inside move in and took the lead back and stayed there until the line taking her 2nd national win and 2 from 2 at Birmingham in her first national season finishing with a national number 2. John was up against it in 30+ with a few too many points to overhaul to climb up the rankings,but that said another final along with a 3rd place podium gave him the national number 3 overall. Beth Campbell took to Championship female but after her first moto pulled out due to sickness,credit to Beth for wanting to race but she really wasn’t herself and is now looking to focus on the British Championships,Beth finished ranked in 7th overall. Taylor Andrews solid weekend continued as he made his mark again in the Championship male class,motos not going his way and finding himself in gate 6 in the main he wanted it badly,straight from the gate he was taking it,holeshotted into the first turn,cleanly over the Pro section and cleanly around the rest of the track to take his first national win too,a brilliant result after his injury mid season and an overall ranking of 6 to finish with.
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Photos by Abi Taylor & Teresa Challis