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Rd 9&10 – Braintree – Identiti

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HSBC National BMX Series Race Report

Round 9&10 – Braintree BMX Club – 1-2 July 2017

 

We’re not sure where the time has gone, but it seems that the 2017 race season is nearly wrapped up with the penultimate weekend of national racing at Braintree in the history books. With most of the team hailing from the club we were hoping for a fantastic weekend of racing down in Essex, but the track was taking victims and even our guys suffered.

 

Our TM Jools designed and built the Braintree track and it was running the best it’s ever been after a week of grooming and smoothing. The setting is awesome for spectators too, with its amphitheatre type feel, there was an amazing atmosphere and a cacophony of noise, colour and full bore excitement throughout the weekend.

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Our cruiser boys were out on track first as always and both Oli Cutmore and Shane Redgewell made their way through to the 17-29 cruiser class mains. Oli had already wrapped up the National title in the class, but was keen to show the visiting riders that he had his local track down. Day one he went unbeaten and day two he dropped just one la on his way to another pair of wins. Shane kicked off the weekend with a win, but then it all went a bit pear shaped after a first round crash on the 20” he sat out the cruiser for the rest of day one. Back on the big wheels for day two and the man they call “Mr. Kipling” was back on the gas and just missed out on the podium wrapping up the weekend with a 4th and a real shout at an overall podium finish.

 

Onto the 20” classes and Syd Allen continues his full bore return to racing, getting better and better results every race. Being the TM’s son and racing on your home track is no easy ride and can add pressure to anyone. Syd had set his goal of the A finals and he went to work both days, breezing into the semis after nabbing moto wins and riding consistently smooth laps. Come the semi’s and the pressure cooker of the occasion got to him and his gates went awry leaving him to fight in the pack for position. He dug in and came sooooo close, especially on the second day when he worked his way to 2nd before getting nailed in the second berm. Alas, it wasn’t to be and he styled his way through the B finals.

Both Maddie Owen-Matthews and Christian White have missed the mid-season races due to school exam commitments and came to Braintree chomping at the bit to get back in on the action. Christian was looking sharp through practice and set his stall out early with a win in his first moto ahead of his club mate Charlie O’Grady who went on to win the round. Regrettably, it all went wrong in the second moto as he took a massive trip OTB in the third straight and smashed his wrist up leaving him facing a surgery and likely to miss the worlds in the USA. GUTTED!! Maddie, too had a mare in practice after lining up the “bigguns” on the second straight, she sent it but got a little squirrely on the landing and went down hard, tweaking her wrist and sitting out the weekends racing.

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Back on track and the old man managed to slip away from the event organising team on day two to get a few laps in. Jools has been in self-preservation mode in preparation for the Worlds since breaking his wrist in April and was “tentative” as he took to the gate in the Vets class. However, when the gate drops he can always be relied on to get involved and he went through to the semis with a moto win under his belt. Off the gate in the semi, it wasn’t his best but h battled through, just missing out on the main with a 5th and rode in the B final to 3rd.

 

As I mentioned above, Shane had a bit of a nightmare start to his home national in the 17-24 class with a big OTB on the third straight in his second moto. After some attention by the medics, he sat out of the cruiser for the rest of the day and went to work to try and redeem himself on his 20” Krisi MX XXL. He went into the quarters on day one and came out fighting to take a solid 3rd place finish, but in the semis he got boxed in and didn’t make the cut for the main. Sunday went much better and he took a moto win on his way to the quarters where he finished 2nd and set himself up for the semis. His gate was good and he was in the mix throughout the lap, out of the last turn he was 5th with just two bike lengths to make up but he was up against his equally experienced local club mate Josh Butson and just missed out on the main. To leave on a high, he went out and smashed in a win in the B final with a solid lap that got the local fans buzzing.

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Last up was Oli Cutmore in the Superclass, where he went bar to bar with the fastest BMX athletes in the country. Some strong and consistent moto results saw him style his way through to the mains both days and he took his place in the top 8. No one of the other guys on the gate ride cruiser too, so our man Cutmore had done double the work of the others on the before the gate even dropped. When the beeps went Oli was with the pack and came firing out of the first berm in contention for a podium when all hell broke loose and he went air walking through the second straight doubles in a massive crash that saw half the field on the deck. Cutmore was up first and back on the bike to take 6th “because places make pound notes buh!” Day two wen in a similar vein and he was back on the gate for more in the main. This days racing went much smoother and he duked it out throughout the lap to just miss out on the podium in 4th. A great finish and keeping himself in the hunt for a top 8 overall.

 

Massive thanks to Ison Distribution, Identiti Bikes, Gusset Components, Halo Wheels, TSG International, HT Components, ODI Grips, Renthal, Pat Campbell-Jenner, Jordan Lunn, Lloyd Townsend, Race FX, XLR8 Bike School and all the guys behind the scenes for their support. Massive thanks to Martin Zielinski, Joe Cotton, Tony Twist, Billy Wright and BMX Widow Photography for their awesome photos.

 

The guys are on international duties over the next few weeks with Shane off to Bordeaux, France for the European Championships, while Jools, Oli and Maddie head to Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA for the World Championships. Then back again for the middle of August to the final rounds of the National series before the British Championships at the end of the month. We’ll have all the updates and race reports here.

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