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Chalk n Cheese at Pontrilas. Apico BSMA Nationals Round 4 – Race Report and Results
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Chalk n Cheese at Pontrilas. Apico BSMA Nationals Round 4 – Race Report and Results

by adminAugust 28, 2018

The Apico BSMA National Motocross Series moved on to Pontrilas for the penultimate round of the championship, incorporating the Georgie Evans Memorial Cup and indeed the last time they will get to race this ex British championship circuit as its in its final year of use!

Report and Images by Ady Cowshall – Images of Speed

Heavy rain on Friday had put the track in prime condition on Saturday, eliminating the need for the use of bowsers, although where the berms from previous meetings had been left to stand the dust was waiting to break through but it was only until late into the last of 3 blocks of racing that it really started to make itself known.

Now put that into contrast to Sunday and the track crew had done exactly what was needed to allow at least some racing. Saturday night the track was only given a light rip to remove the bumps then tracked back in advance of the impending heavy rain that was forecast! The rain started at 7.30am and didn’t stop, and it was heavy, but as practice got under way dust was still coming through and for a while dry lines showed.

Ben Mustoe

Saturday’s racing got under way with the quick boys, the MX1 and MX2 combined and really set the standard of racing for the day. Adam Harris aboard his 2 stroke Yamaha against Tyron Cleaver on the KXF was such an intense battle it wasn’t clear which way it was going to end as Harris threw everything in his arsenal at Cleaver to try to break him, but lap after lap he held his nerve and crossed the line to take the first win. Jack Timms was gradually losing touch with this battle royale but held a solid third as Jonny Roderick Evans, Kris Ayres, Karl Haycock and Dominic Lancett all fought for that 4th spot pushing the remaining MX1 riders further down the order. It was Lancett that came through to take 4th, 2nd in class behind Timms and Roderick Evans rounding out the hard fought battle for 3rd in class.

Hayden Yeend

Timms set the pace in the early going of the 2nd moto but a few laps in dropped a whole bunch of places to regroup for 3rd by the flag behind Lancett and Cleaver. Harris had made an error on the opening lap and dropped down the order and managed to come back to 5th at the flag behind a solid ride from Roderick Evans. Cleaver inherited the lead off Timms and went on to take the flag for the second time.

Race 3 and the sun was dropping and the dust becoming more of an issue as Cleaver got a mare of a start and found out the hard way only managing to come through to 5th, but that was good enough for 2nd in class. Harris wasn’t going to miss an opportunity and scorched off to the win, Timms followed him across the line for the MX2 win with Roderick Evans behind. Darren Webster and Ieuan Harris had a mid race dice before Webster started to fade, giving Harris a well earned 4th.

The combined Vets and Novice class was again a total domination by the Vets, with Andy Marchant really pulling the pin in the first 2 motos.  Marchant cleared off into the distance leaving Christian Seldon somewhat scratching his head, crossing the line on both occasions as runner up but not without having to deal with Derek Roberts as they changed places on more than one occasion. Trying his hand at the BSMA championship for the second time Craig Chamberlain got in the mix holding down a couple of 4th places in the opening two just staying in front of a hard charging Scott Senter in the first. A horrendous start from championship hopeful Simon Bracey saw him come up from outside the top 15 to nab 6th in the first moto demoting Lee Spurr on the final lap.

Josh Senter took top honours in the Novice, two places behind his nemesis! Luke Price was top dog in the other Novice battles taking the overall, Senter still managed two seconds with Phil Evans holding down to thirds and fourths to take runner up on the weekend. Jack Partridge benefited from the slippery conditions on Sunday grabbing a second and taking third overall.

The Vets third race got interesting as Marchant didn’t get the start, but rival Seldon did and made the most of it pulling a gap over the field. Roberts started off in second but was soon victim of Chamberlain and Marchant as that pair took on a race long battle with Chamberlain riding the widest 450 Yamaha ever built. Marchant was visibly rattled and lucky not to have thrown his 350 KTM down the track after several attempts to force the 772 Yamaha team manager out of the way.

The Senior open was again another ‘blu cru’ affair with 4 of the top 5 overall on the Yamaha 250f’s. Owen Woodhouse being the only non blue bike to get in there with them. In the first moto it was Marshall Smith soaring off into the lead but it was short lived as he seemed to fade rapidly down the order leaving Josh Greedy to take up the reigns and indeed take the win. Behind him Jack Wankling and Tommi Davies were going at it. Davies demoted Wankling mid race only to be dogged by him until a last lap move around the outside in the ‘S’ bend out of view from the spectators put him on the inside for the next corner forcing Davies over the top of the berm and back to third.

The second moto Greedy clearly had the speed advantage passing Wankling and not looking back. Callum Watson for the second time, was up with the front runners initially, but was soon overhauled by Davies and Woodhouse as the pair of KTM mounted riders tried to deal with the tide of blue. Woodhouse succumbed to pressure from Smith in the latter stages.

The third one was lead away by Wankling, with Smith and Ryan Manly holding down the top three initially. Greedy was all but last round turn two, crossing the line on the first lap in 11th! Manly slipped down the order as the pack started to sort itself and again Smith faded badly letting Woodhouse through to hold second at the line from the charging Greedy in third.

The 125 Seniors was a domination from last years champion, Callum Beeken. Although in the early going of moto 1 it looked like Liam Gale was going to ride the wheels off his TM to a comfortable win, after a very quick starting Ben Watkins had thrown it away after two blistering laps out front. Beeken however, coming from behind overhauled Gale by midway and stamped his authority on the win. James Hanscomb somehow managed to come from nowhere having moved into third and steal second on the last lap. Beeken took a flag to flag second moto with a surprise second place going to Ben White, Hanscomb third and still struggling from injury. The last dry race saw another wire to wire win for Beeken but this time Hanscomb had to get past Watkins for 2nd, with Watkins again getting out of the gate well along with White. Gale come through for 4th.

The Big Wheel 85 class is stacked with talent. Trystan Williams took the overall but that might well have been different had Ethan Sill not missed the start of the mud race on Sunday! Sills had taken two ‘W’s to Williams one on Saturday but they were so close it could of been three to Williams! In the first moto it looked like Billy Duke had found that extra bit of speed to stay with these boys, he had started to reel the pair back in after they initially pulled a small gap on him only to lose grip on the off cambered sweeper near the finish going down heavily on his shoulder putting him out of contention for the weekend. Jason Down was the main benefactor to Duke’s demise as he had been sitting in a lonely 4th, now he claimed three thirds. Daniel Arkell improved as the weekend went on with a somewhat unusual cornering technique he managed to bag two fourths on Saturday. Charlie Palmer was the first Japanese machine to cross the line netting 5th overall.

The 85 Small Wheel class was all over the place. Turning out to be most consistent, and bagging one win was Jake Randall. Jake had his trainer Dave Watson lurking about, and he must have been handing out some good advice to get him on the top step overall. There were four different winners from the four races, but Randall managed to net a second to go with his win with only one other rider managing two top placings. Tyler Smith has started showing great promise taking another win in the first moto, but his lack of consistency is not giving him the overall podium results needed yet. Ben Mustoe led the first encounter for a while before a spill dropped him, and although he didn’t get a win still managed a third overall. Ellis Poole definitely has the speed, but like Smith, lacks consistency for now, but pulled a win out the bag in the second moto following it up in the third with a second, but his first race mishap let him down.

The Juniors again had a clear winner, with Freddie Gardiner taking 3 comfortable wins, although at times Harlow Green was showing signs of his old form and kept Gardiner honest. Ollie Bubb managed to take second overall in a tight contest, with third placed Joey Benfield. Gardiner took off in the first moto followed by Green and Hayden Yeend, with Yeend ‘s final resting place just outside the top 5 after Benfield and Bubb came through. The next one saw Gardiner again go on without a hitch to win and after Green chucked it away.  Bubb, Shane Jones, Yeend and a slow starting Benfield completed the top 5. Third one and again it was about the other placings as FG took another unchallenged win from Green and Bubb, with Benfield ousting Yeend on the last lap.

The Autos looked to be a Lee Simkiss affair taking 3 wins from 3 on Saturday, but the overall ended up in Ollie Waters lap. Race one saw a very static top 4 of Simkiss, Waters, Logan Gardener and Matthew Morgan with the only battle being between Logan Keene and Ollie Truman, with them both trading places a couple of times with Truman edging it. A similar fate befall the second moto replaced only by Keene grabbing fourth and Bobby Ray Smith netting 5th. A switch in the second and third place was the highlight of race 3 with Gardener taking Waters mid race, and a dramatic fight through the field from dead last for Smith to get up to 8th.

Sunday’s slippery Sundae

With conditions worsening as the minutes clicked by the at times torrential rain that hit the Herefordshire hills took its toll with racing being called after just one block, but for those that braved the conditions it looked fun as it was slick as opposed to deep mud thanks to the track maintenance crew. With the first race under way it was Big Wheeled riders pushing the limits of how far they could go. Williams gated and took off, with Sills nowhere to be seen! Arkell and Down made up the top 3 and as the pack left the start field, Sills appeared from the start and took off after the long distant pack! Down moved quickly into second and as the laps counted down Sills was setting fastest laps by over 5 seconds in a vain attempt to make up ground, unbelievably by the flag he had moved up to 4th salvaging second overall.

It was Sion Evans who gated first in the Small Wheel 85’s and with relatively clear vision, he went unchallenged to take the win from Ben Zeale and Lewis Roden. Poole dumped it on the opening lap putting pay to any hope of the top 3 while Jake Randall started well but dropped 3 places by the flag, but that was enough for the overall.

In the Juniors Joey Benfield came into the second turn neck and neck with Jamie Kuehn, but by lap two he had been demoted and Kuehn had taken over the top spot and held off Benfield’s challenges to take the win. Gardiner was content on keeping it upright and didn’t want to risk throwing it down the track in the slick conditions, his caution allowed Bubb to nick third on the last lap.

The Autos were always going to struggle in these sort of conditions, but a few managed to stay upright and the best of those was Waters from Morgan. Ifan Rees moved up through others misfortune to grab third.

The Senior Open was a tight run into turn two, with Watson just coming out in front and leading the entire race unyil the last lap when he got caught by Greedy, with Marshall Smith getting caught on the last lap also by Woodhouse.

The Senior 125’s were again led from start to finish by Beeken, giving him the only maximum of the weekend. Cameron Jackson deserves a mention for a great ride through the pack to third, giving him his best result of the weekend by far.

Vets saw Simon Bracey get the holeshot, but by turn two it was Chamberlain who held on to the flag despite repeated attempts by Seldon to take over. Marchant had gone down in turn two and fought gallantly back through to 4th behind Lee Spurr.

The final race saw young Lancett take the lead in the MX1/MX2 race and then stall on the next lap allowing Cleaver to briefly take the lead, but Lancett fought back, re-took the place and maintained the lead to the end. Timms lost the chance of the overall with an early mishap leaving him hovering around the bottom end of the top ten. Harris screamed the two stroke across the line in third.

Georgie Evans Memorial Cup

The winner of the Georgie Evans Memorial Cup was picked as most outstanding performance on the Saturday by Georgie’s parents, Richard and Ann Evans.  Richard said of the weekend ”It is still very difficult for us & our family coming to terms with the loss of our daughter Georgie, but everyone is so supportive, it’s overwhelming. It was a very emotional day starting with a minutes silence which everyone respected. Racing was top draw in every class from the tiny autos to my fellow old boys in the vets! Picking a rider of the day was so difficult because everyone was giving their all. We narrowed it down to a few before the last block but I hope you all agree that the Big Wheel 85 class was lit yesterday. The racing between Ethan Sills & Trystan Williams was fantastic. They were never far apart but we could only pick one & Ethan edged it.”

The final and deciding round is at Culham in Oxfordshire on the 15 & 16th of Semptember.

Results

Auto’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 55x Ollie Waters 172 43 43 41 45
2 153 Logan Gardner 164 41 41 43 39
3 9 Matthew Morgan 155 39 34 39 43
4 511 Logan Keene 143 37 39 37 30
5 2 Ollie Truman 141 35 35 34 37
6 55 Lee Simkiss 135 45 45 45 –
7 82 Bobby Ray Smith 135 32 37 33 33
8 31 Ifan Rees 132 31 31 29 41
9 111 JUNIOR CARROLL-STONE 132 33 33 35 31
10 100 Bailey Williams 131 34 32 31 34
11 57 George Pitts 120 30 30 25 35
12 710 LOUIE CHALLENGER 117 29 29 30 29
13 33 Ollie Oldfield 116 28 28 32 28
14 16 Luca Tatchell 113 27 27 27 32
15 441 ZACH BUBB 106 25 26 28 27
16 52 Donte Roden 77 26 25 26 –
17 686 LEXI MORGAN 72 24 24 24 –

Junior 65’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 14 Freddie Gardiner 174 45 45 45 39
2 44 Ollie Bubb 162 37 43 41 41
3 24 Joey Benfield 160 41 37 39 43
4 40 Jamie Kuehn 153 39 34 35 45
5 10 Harlow Green 152 43 33 43 33
6 163 GUS MUSTOE 137 33 35 34 35
7 167 Jack Evans 134 32 32 33 37
8 4 Zane Sibley-Deakin 124 31 29 32 32
9 48 Liam Regan 123 29 30 30 34
10 11 Theo Hemsley 114 27 28 31 28
11 96 Alfie Crealock-Lovell 113 28 27 28 30
12 46 Hayden Yeend 111 35 39 37 –
13 18 Shane Jones 106 34 41 – 31
14 100 Ashton Bubb 86 – 31 26 29
15 249 Iolo Evans 82 30 25 27 –
16 16 Celt Rees 81 26 26 29 –

Small Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 8 Jake Randall 164 39 43 45 37
2 69 Lewis Roden 159 43 41 34 41
3 163 Ben Mustoe 158 41 39 39 39
4 116 Ellis Poole 151 32 45 43 31
5 81 Tyler Smith 151 45 31 41 34
6 505 SION ALED EVANS 149 30 37 37 45
7 31 Ben Zeale 144 35 33 33 43
8 78 ROAN DELANEY 134 34 35 30 35
9 144 Dylan Williams 126 29 34 35 28
10 224 Ollie Howell 123 33 32 28 30
11 10 Jacob Harley 122 37 25 31 29
12 06 trystan daniels 110 31 29 26 24
13 11 Levi Davies 109 28 27 29 25
14 150 Max Miles 106 26 23 24 33
15 1 Connor Howells 101 25 28 25 23
16 60 Fraser Topp 91 23 21 21 26
17 212 Harry Beach 88 22 19 20 27
18 94 Fletcher Ridout 86 15 24 27 20
19 111 Josh Hemsley 79 20 20 18 21
20 1X JAY BOND 78 16 30 32 –
21 16 Cameron Chell 76 17 18 19 22
22 118 ZACK LEWIS 72 27 22 23 –
23 146 Braidy Tucker 72 19 17 17 19
24 22 Alfie Smith 71 24 15 – 32
25 6 SOLOMON LEVEY 69 21 26 22 –
26 135 RYAN HENWOOD 68 18 16 16 18

Big Wheel 85’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 81 Trystan Williams 176 43 45 43 45
2 30 Ethan Sills 172 45 43 45 39
3 29 Jason Down 166 41 41 41 43
4 63 Daniel Arkell 154 35 39 39 41
5 128 CHARLIE PALMER 148 39 37 35 37
6 45 Connor Jago 132 31 34 34 33
7 2 Ria Truman 130 34 32 29 35
8 80 Louie Smith 129 33 33 32 31
9 5 Billy Duke 126 25 30 37 34
10 47 Leon Williams 123 32 29 30 32
11 21 Nate Parkin 119 27 31 31 30
12 4 Matt Tolley 105 37 35 33 –
13 7 JORDAN HALL 84 30 28 26 –
14 125 Billy Elvin 83 29 27 27 –
15 121 Ellis Bubb 82 28 26 28 –
16 82 JAKE EVANS 76 26 25 25 –

Senior 125’s

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 211 Callum Beeken 180 45 45 45 45
2 94 James Hanscomb 170 43 41 43 43
3 921 Efan Loring 150 39 37 35 39
4 338 BEN WHITE 148 31 43 37 37
5 28 Charlie Griffiths 130 35 30 32 33
6 101x CAMERON JACKSON 129 30 28 30 41
7 44 Keelan Southwood 129 33 35 31 30
8 1 Harvey Matthews 126 29 34 34 29
9 99 TOM HUGHES 125 34 33 27 31
10 25x Ben Watkins 117 37 39 41 –
11 101 LIAM GALE 111 41 31 39 –
12 201 Benito Sidoli 109 28 27 22 32
13 146 Daniel Bartlett 106 25 26 29 26
14 6x THOMAS GARNESS 99 21 23 21 34
15 7 Kieran Eldridge 97 24 25 26 22
16 9 Rhys Manka 97 26 24 23 24
17 51x Lewis Glynn 96 22 22 24 28
18 27 James Parkin 94 32 29 33 –
19 24 Luke Woolgrove 84 11 20 18 35
20 717 Troy Gillett 82 19 19 19 25
21 131 Austin Topp 77 18 16 16 27
22 12 Declan Roden 75 23 32 20 –
23 22 Tom Cumber 73 27 21 25 –
24 294 EMILY NOON 67 15 15 14 23
25 205 Billy Collins 59 13 18 28 –
26 263 James Allen 51 17 17 17 –
27 15 Logan Bevington 44 16 13 15 –
28 275 SHAUNA HOPE 41 14 14 13 –
29 810 CARTER HOGG 35 12 11 12 –
30 6 Luke Jerromes 32 20 12 – –

Senior Open

Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 33 Josh Greedy 176 45 45 41 45
2 73 Jack Wankling 165 43 43 45 34
3 17 Owen Woodhouse 157 34 39 43 41
4 98 Marshall Smith 150 35 41 35 39
5 36 Joseph Davies 144 39 37 37 31
6 3 Ryan Mundell 140 37 35 39 29
7 5 Callum Watson 136 32 34 27 43
8 249 Tommy Davies 134 41 28 33 32
9 77 Ryan Manley 128 31 33 34 30
10 16 Luke Woodhouse 125 27 31 32 35
11 46 Finley Smith 124 33 30 28 33
12 87 Brandon Baker 116 30 27 31 28
13 25 Ryan Lancellotte 115 23 26 29 37
14 101 RHYS BAKER 104 26 25 26 27
15 114 Louis Smith 97 25 22 24 26
16 41 Jude Hartwell 87 28 29 30 –
17 34 Toby Griffiths 70 21 24 25 –
18 15 Jack Little 68 24 21 23 –
19 191 Ashton Cox 67 22 23 22 –
20 243 RHYS RAILY 61 29 32 – –

Novice
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 226 LUKE PRICE 178 43 45 45 45
2 105 Phil Evans 160 41 41 39 39
3 921 Jack Partridge 148 34 34 37 43
4 7 BEN PROSSER 146 35 35 41 35
5 397 Scott Mayhew 146 37 37 35 37
6 44 JOSH SENTER 131 45 43 43 –
7 215 MATT NORTON 104 – 29 34 41
8 34 SIMON FOREST 98 33 32 33 –
9 26 SHAYNE HOGG 94 31 31 32 –
10 99 Josh Mayhew 78 39 39 – –
11 130 ROBBIE WOOLHOUSE 65 32 33 – –
12 70 MARK CAUDLE 60 30 30 – –
13 31 CHRIS HARPER 29 29 – – –

Vets
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 701 Christian Seldon 174 43 43 45 43
2 800 Andy Marchant 170 45 45 41 39
3 772 CRAIG CHAMBERLAIN 166 39 39 43 45
4 452 Simon Bracey 139 35 35 35 34
5 38 RICHARD TUDOR 138 33 34 34 37
6 819 Lee Spurr 137 34 30 32 41
7 716 Chris Peaty 132 31 33 33 35
8 14 DEREK ROBERTS 121 41 41 39 –
9 73 ANTHONY WORWOOD 114 23 24 25 –
10 343 SCOTT SENTER 111 37 37 37 –
11 40 Grant Mayhew 110 24 26 27 33
12 145 Rob Gittoes 108 25 25 26 32
13 89 DAVID JONES 93 30 32 31 –
14 49 Robert Howard 91 20 20 21 30
15 7x Paul Minihane 89 19 19 20 31
16 15x ANDY LITTLE 87 29 28 30 –
17 60 Colin Yeend 86 27 31 28 –
18 94 Iwan Rees 82 26 27 29 –
19 142 Brian Grimes 82 17 17 19 29
20 9 Richard Roderick 67 22 22 23 –
21 315 Mark Ward 58 18 18 22 –
22 544 John Gauntlett 57 28 29 – –
23 88 Terry Sparkes 50 16 16 18 –
24 114 FRED SMITH 47 – 23 24 –
25 167 Matt Evans 32 32 – – –

MX1
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 17 Tyron Cleaver 178 45 45 43 45
2 279 Adam Harris 174 43 43 45 43
3 11 Liam Deegan 154 35 41 39 39
4 117 Thomas O’Connor 142 31 37 37 37
5 42 Rhys Grimes 130 28 34 33 35
6 22 Andy Fitzgerald 121 41 39 41 –
7 199 DOMINIC BAILEY 105 30 – 34 41
8 525 JAKE BASHFORD 99 29 35 35 –
9 8 Dion Lewis 39 39 – – –
10 111X DANNY STAYTE 37 37 – – –
11 111 RYAN BAWN 34 34 – – –
12 18 KAIRON WATKINS 33 33 – – –
13 222 EDWARD BAILEY 32 32 – – –

MX2
Pos Competitor Total Points r 1 r 2 r 3 r 4
1 90x DOMINIC LANCETT 172 43 45 39 45
3 49 Karl Haycock 148 39 39 33 37
2 28 Jack Timms 167 45 43 45 34
4 79 Ieuan Harris 156 35 37 41 43
5 80 Darren Webster 144 33 35 37 39
6 208 Kieran Yorke 134 31 34 34 35
8 2 Jake Ford 124 34 32 17 41
7 308 JONATHAN RODERICK EVANS 125 41 41 43 –
9 130 Aaron Collins 113 23 29 28 33
10 663 John McKenzie 109 30 18 29 32
11 88 KRIS AYRES 105 37 33 35 –
12 220 JOSH CANTON 95 32 31 32 –
13 438 Tristan Leyshon 88 18 20 19 31
14 9 Ben Bird 86 28 27 31 –
15 58 Liam Johnston 86 19 19 18 30
16 921 Henry Partridge 82 26 30 26 –
17 31 SCOTT MEREDITH 82 29 26 27 –
18 16X RHYS NEWMAN 80 25 25 30 –
19 461 CHAD PROSSER 77 24 28 25 –
20 19 RICKY RODERICK 72 27 24 21 –
21 1 RICHIE ROBERTS 69 22 23 24 –
22 14 Ryan Thomas 61 20 21 20 –
23 25 SEB BASHFORD 45 – 22 23 –
24 414 Elliott Pugh 43 21 – 22 –